There's nothing like a ride through the park
The first Sandy Cyclopedia will take young and young-at-heart riders through city parks
To make the dog days of summer more interesting, Ottos Ski Shop has organized a bike rally that shop owner Andreanne Rode is calling the Sandy Cyclopedia. Participants will be searching city parks for clues to solve a mystery.
Bike riders will gather for the Cyclopedia between 8 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Ottos, 38716 Pioneer Blvd.
Most riders will have preregistered, but some will register before 9 a.m. that day, when the bikers will begin following the designated route to three city parks. Along the way, theyll be looking for orienteering markers with words to be collected and assembled to create a phrase or sentence.
The idea is to ride the parks, Rode said, collect the words and form a sentence with the collected words.
When the treasure hunt has ended and bikes and their riders have returned to Ottos, many prizes will be distributed. At noon, a barbecue lunch is planned for all participants.
A biker has designed the Cyclopedias route with riders in mind, taking them through the woods alongside Tickle Creek, into the still-developing Sandy Bluff Park and perhaps skirting the edges of Sandy River Park.
The route is still being developed and parks chosen, but riders can be assured it will be an interesting ride requiring the use of several gears.
Participants can use their own bikes or choose to rent a bike from Ottos at a discounted rate.
The event is a fundraiser for AntFarm in Sandy, and members of the nonprofit group will provide information to all interested at the end of the event.
AntFarm provides a safe community space for youths who need support and opportunities to network and learn. The space, at 39140 Proctor Blvd., is a community center, with activities occurring onsite, in the community and in nearby mountain areas.
Activities include individual and group support, tutoring, mental health and addictions counseling, art and music development, support for domestic violence safety, educational tutoring, work skills development, life skills training, problem-solving support and making decisions.
Services and activities are provided in collaboration with faith-based programs, social service agencies, law enforcement and justice programs, schools and local businesses.
To preregister for the event, call Ottos at 503-668-5947.
Adult registration with bike is $15, and with an Ottos Mountain Bike Rental the total cost is $40. Juniors registration costs $10 with their own bike. Participants will receive a map of the parks of Sandy.
Ottos staff will help with bikes, and youths and staff from AntFarm share information about the nonprofit group and conduct a tour for anyone interested.
To donate prizes to the drawing, call Rode at 503-668-5947.Add a comment