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More than 100 riders expected for Tour de Pickle

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 8, 2009 1:46 PM

MOUNT OLIVE -- More than 100 bicycle riders are expected to take part in this year's Tour de Pickle, the recreational bicycle ride held each year as part of Mount Olive's annual North Carolina Pickle Festival.

The event will be held on April 25. Riders have a choice of a 25-mile, 50-mile, or 75-mile ride.

Registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m. at the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Distribution Center on North Center Street. Riders head out on a staggered schedule beginning around 9 a.m.

The routes take the riders east around Mount Olive into Duplin County and Sampson County, depending on the route chosen by the rider. Along the routes, riders can expect several rest stops. Water, Gatorade, fruit and other snacks, as well as plenty of Mt. Olive Pickles are available free to the riders. Restroom facilities are also available at each stop and at the staging area. Drag vehicles will follow the riders throughout each route to assist with breakdowns.

Pre-registration is going on now. Registration forms are available at the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce in downtown Mount Olive. They are also available, along with other information, on the Tour de Pickle website at www.ncpicklefest.org.

Fees are $20 through April 15. After that, the fee is $30 through ride day. All fees benefit the Waylin Area Foundation and are tax deductible. Pre-registration assures the rider that he or she will receive their choice of size of a long-sleeve Tour de Pickle t-shirt.