With clear skies and cool weather, Saturday morning proved to be a great time for a bike ride in Elizabethtown.
At least, more than 150 bicyclists thought so as they took part in the annual Hub City Tour.
Departing from outside of Bullmoose Brothers Bicycles in Elizabethtown, participants could take part in a 15-mile ride, a 35-mile ride, a 65-mile ride or a 100-mile ride Saturday.
Known as the Century Route, the 100-mile ride spanned areas of Hardin, Meade and LaRue counties. The other rides took place primarily in Hardin County, according to ride organizer Bruce Seymour.
“Riding a bicycle takes your mind off of a lot of other things because you’re concentrated on what you’re doing and it’s fun,” Seymour said.
Along the routes Saturday, support stations were set up at local churches and businesses to provide riders with water and packaged snacks. Seymour said these stations were run by members of local Boy Scouts troops and by local student athletes who volunteered their time.
To ensure health safety, station volunteers wore protective masks, practiced social distancing and frequently used hand sanitizer when distributing items for riders, Seymour said. He said riders also were encouraged to practice social distancing throughout the whole event.
The event was organized by the Central Kentucky Wheelmen and Central Kentucky Race Management. Celebrating its 40th year in 2020, the Central Kentucky Wheelmen promote bicycle safety and sponsors regional mountain bike teams.
Jeremy Lundy, of Rineyville, was one of the many bicyclists who participated in Saturday’s event. Participating in the 15-mile ride, Lundy said this was his first time taking part in the Hub City Tour.
Lundy said he recently picked up bicycling as a hobby amid COVID-19.
“I thought riding a bike was something I could do on my own and it gets me exercise and gets me out of the house,” he said. “ ... It feels good to be able to accomplish something.”
Lundy said he may consider taking part in a longer ride next year. According to Seymour, these kinds of goals are what attract bicyclists to rides such as the Hub City Tour.
“It’s motivation for you get out and exercise and get out and ride your bike,” he said. “It’s something you have coming up that you have to complete.”