If you are interested in trying something new as summer steams ahead, why not consider registering for the Edible Pedal 100™? The biking event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Bower’s Mansion in Washoe Valley, and guest contributor Jill Stockton, from Edible Pedal 100, is giving Reno Moms Blog readers a chance to win one free event entry!
This scenic ride offers participants three routes: a leisurely 10-mile ride through picturesque Washoe Valley, which is great for families interested in experiencing an organized ride; a respectable 50-mile course, climbing 2,800 vertical feet, which includes scenic country roads through rustic western towns; and a serious 100-mile ride, climbing 6,600 vertical feet, which includes a lung-searing, thigh-burning climb up Kingsbury Grade from Carson Valley to Lake Tahoe. Ride stops include Carson City, Genoa and Gardnerville.
Now, hold on: if you are like me, riding 50 or 100 miles seems like a lot to manage with kids, but that’s where the 10-mile family-friendly ride comes in to play. All you need to participate is a bike with a child seat attached for the little one, or a bike trailer to tow them. If your children are older and can ride their own bike, they can ride alongside you! Children under five ride for free, and children between ages six and 10 can participate for $25. The cost for adults to participate in the 10-mile ride is $35. These prices will increase on July 15, so if you like a bargain, surf on over to the Edible Pedal 100 website and register today!
What makes this organized ride even better is there’s a wonderful family-friendly barbeque for participants after the event at historic Bowers Mansion. After your ride, you can even take a tour of the mansion.
Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine sources food and drink from farmers, ranchers, vintners, brewers, bakers and other food artisans within the event’s food shed. Ride participants will savor this mouthwatering local food at the post-ride barbecue. As a mom concerned about where my family’s food comes from, I love how this event supports and showcases local food producers from the region. It’s a key component to making this event so special.
Finally, if spending time with your family, eating good food and touring stately Bowers Mansion to see what Nevada life was like in the 1860s wasn’t enough to convince you to participate, the Edible Pedal 100™ is also a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise. Proceeds raised are given back to the northern Nevada community.
A few months ago in May, the event donated more than $6,000 to seven Washoe County high school students and one University of Nevada, Reno student studying agriculture or the culinary arts. Scholarships awarded were granted to the Washoe County Academy of Art, Careers and Technology, Hug High School, Reno High School, Carson City High School, Douglas High School and the University of Nevada, Reno chapter of Sigma Nu. Think about it: this scholarship could go to your kid in the future!
To sweeten the deal, much of the produce that will be served at the 2013 post-ride barbecue is donated to the Edible Pedal 100™ event from the gardens of some of these outstanding high school students. How cool is that? You and your family will likely get to meet the student who grew the tomatoes that accompany the meal you’ll eat at the barbecue!
There is plenty of time to get ready for the ride of your choice, and I hope to see you at the Edible Pedal 100™ in September!
To enter today’s giveaway for one free entry in the 10-mile ride, leave a comment on this post with your pick for the best bike riding spot in our area. All comments must be received by Friday, July 19. Good luck!
For registration information visit: http://ediblepedal.ticketleap.com/edible-pedal-ride-2013/.
For general event information visit: http://ediblepedal100.org/.
Guest Contributor Jill Stockton is a local mom, PR professional and is passionate about our community. She currently works for the University of Nevada’s School of Journalism and in her spare time enjoys the amazing outdoor recreation in our area and evenings at Louis’ Basque Corner.