Bicyclists from near and far will take to the road for the 8th Annual Tour de Franklin “Halloween Hunard” charity bicycle ride on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m., starting from Smoky Mountain Bicycles in Franklin, sponsor of the annual fall event.
With more than 100 cyclists participating in last year’s ride, the Hunard has become a popular fall event for cyclists of every level. Riders will enjoy the beauty of the rides, the festive Halloween atmosphere, and great food that comes with the postride meal.
Smoky Mountain Bicycles owners, Dave and Pam Forshee, have mapped out three great ride choices, each offering cyclists spectacular mountain scenery when fall colors are at their peak.
“This year’s routes include rides of 28, 66, and 103 miles with total climbing elevations ranging from 2200 to 8500 feet,” said Pam Forshee. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. (www.woundedwarriorsproject.org.) Cost of the ride is $35 (if registered by Oct. 15) and $45 thereafter (no t-shirt guaranteed). The ride fee includes fully-stocked rest stops, a commemorative custom t-shirt, and a post-ride meal.
“Ride sponsorships are available for $100, $200, and $500, which includes the sponsor’s name on the t-shirt and one free ride entry, and we welcome volunteers (Halloween costumes encouraged) to help provide support at rest stops,” Forshee said. “Last year, our sponsors and volunteers helped make the ride a great success.”
Inquiries regarding sponsorships, volunteering, and more information on the ride can be directed to Pam Forshee at (828)369-2881. A registration form is available at www.tourdefranklin.com. In the meantime, get ready for ghosts, goblins, and a frighteningly good time at the 8th Annual “Halloween Hunard.”
What: Tour de Franklin “Halloween Hunard” Charity Bicycle Ride
When: Sunday, October 30. Riders depart at 9 a.m.
Where: Smoky Mountains Bicycles, 179 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC. Call 828-369-2881 for more information or visit www.smokymtnbikes.com.
Why: To benefit the Wounded Warriors Project
Cost: $35 by Oct. 15 or $45 up to ride day.