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More than 100 cyclists out of the gate for Rotary charities

lilac-ride-1There were 118 cyclists following the Rotary flame out of the Community Centre in Picton Sunday for the service club’s annual Lilac Ride.

Bill Patchett, Rick Jones and Dr. Bob Scott. Photo by Peggy deWitt

Bill Patchett, Rick Jones and Dr. Bob Scott. Photo by Peggy deWitt

The ride supports local charities and the Rotary PolioPlus fund. The flame, promoting the eradication of Polio throughout the world, made a special stop in Picton on its way from India and Europe to the Rotary International Conference in San Paulo, Brazil in June. To celebrate the end of polio in India, the Rotary Club of Madras launched the Rotary Flame last December.

Last year fewer than 400 polio cases were reported worldwide (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan), down from about 350,000 annually when Rotary began its international campaign in 1988.

Cyclists embarked on one of three marked courses (25km, 50km, 100km) through some of Prince Edward County’s most beautiful cycling routes including Big Island and Green Point.

All routes started and finished in Picton at the curling club. Along with a scenic tour of parts of the County, participants were invited to a post ride barbecue at the curling club.

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Video by Peggy deWitt. Photos from video.

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  1. Jackie Soorsma says:

    It was a great ride. I totally enjoyed it. I will do the 50K again next year. Thanks Jim Barkman for a well organized event.

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