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PEDALS AND BLOOMS BIKE TOUR
Event Description and Plan
The Pedals and Blooms Bike Tour is a bike riding event comprised of three overlapping routes of varying distances. The shortest route is approximately twenty miles in length while the longest ride is approximately sixty-five miles in length. An intermediate route is approximately thirty-one miles long.
The ride(s) will commence at the Dyer County Fairgrounds at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019. All riders will proceed to the Newbern Depot in Newbern, Tennessee, where riders on the twenty-one mile tour will turn around and return to the Fairgrounds. Riders on the thirty-mile tour will travel north of Newbern before turning west toward Millsfield and then returning to the Fairgrounds. Riders on the sixty-five mile tour will proceed from Newbern to Trimble, Tennessee, then to Millsfield before heading southwest to Lenox and Finley. After passing through Finley, they will return to the Fairgrounds. Estimated maximum time of completion for all rides is six hours. All routes primarily use secondary roads to limit encounters with vehicle traffic.
The courses will be well-marked with bright stencils on the pavement at intersections as well as highly visible signs at turning points. Maps illustrating the routes will be issued to all participants. City and county authorities have been consulted about the selected routes and have given their approval.
There are four rest stops/water stations to support riders: The Newbern Depot, Downtown Trimble, Lock’s Grocery in Millsfield, and Big Boy Junction. Each stop will provide access to restroom facilities and will furnish fruit, water and Gatorade. Each stop will also be equipped with a first-aid kit, an air pump and basic bicycle repair tools.
Members of the Dyer County Rescue Squad will patrol the routes in vehicles with flashing lights. They will offer assistance to riders who experience mechanical difficulties as well as any riders who find themselves physically unable to complete the ride.
All riders will be provided with contact numbers prior to the beginning of the ride. Safe riding rules will be reviewed, and the start of the ride will be staged so that faster riders lead the group. Riders will be instructed to look out for the safety and well-being of their fellow cyclists and to call one of the contact numbers in the event of accident, injury, or other distress. Riders will likewise be urged to call 911 if an emergency warrants such action.
A numbered record of participants in each ride will be make at registration, and course marshals will make certain that all riders are accounted for before closing portions of the course and the event in its entirety.
Prior to the ride, each participant has signed a waiver acknowledging acceptance of the risk involved in taking part in the activity.
This event is advertised to take place “rain or shine”, however if severe weather, including storms, lightning, high winds, hail, or dense fog render the courses dangerous, the race director has the authority and reserves the right to cancel the event or postpone its starting time. If severe weather strikes while the ride is in progress, participants will be directed to take shelter at the nearest rest stop or other safe haven and arrangements will be make to return them to the Fairgrounds as soon as that can be safely accomplished.
RIDE DIRECTOR: Randy Butler
RIDE MARSHALS: Becky Hasselle, Bart Williams
WATER STATION COORDINATOR: Randy Butler
REGISTRATION COORDINATOR: Winter Evans
DYER COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD: Roger Jowers
DYER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: 285-2802
DYERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT: 285-1212
NEWBERN POLICE DEPARTMENT: 627-2571
TRIMBLE POLICE DEPARTMENT: 297-3177
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