Join the cycling club for ‘Welcome to Wednesday Night Ride’

For the week of May 26 to June 1, Williams Lake will be taking part in the Bike to Work and School Week that is held across the province.

Shawn Lewis

Special to the Tribune/Advisor

For the week of May 26 to June 1, Williams Lake will be taking part in the Bike to Work and School Week that is held across the province.

This event is aimed at getting commuters out of their cars and onto bikes in order to get to work, school or where ever they need to go.

The local organizers are promoting cycling as an eco-friendly, healthy option for both ourselves and for the overall air quality of our community.

Registration is easy, just go to www.biketowork.ca/williams-lake and follow the steps. By registering online you can win daily prizes, track kilometres ridden, emissions saved and even calories burned as you pedal.

The Williams Lake Cycling Club is doing its part and helping to promote this healthy choice of commuting by hosting the “Welcome to Wednesday Night Ride.”

This ride is oriented towards any riders out there who would like to try out the Wednesday Group ride and need some encouragement.

While it is true that there are many fast riders who participate in this ride, the average rider, male or female, will easily fit into this group and all riders are welcome.  We may go hard and put on the miles but we still have fun, and stop for breaks.

We will meet with the main group on Wednesday, May 28, 6 p.m., at the usual spot below the Overlander (OV) in the parking lot of the new location for Barking Spider.

Come prepared to ride your bike; this means plenty of water, tools, a tube and whatever else you would need for an extended ride.

We will leave with the group, and hopefully through well calculated planning, we will meet up with the group just before our final destination, the OV. After we have parked our bikes on the balcony and grabbed a seat inside, it is easy.  Throw down $20 on the table, grab a glass, fill it up, and make a declaration: “To the Ride!”

The Overlander has treated our group exceedingly well and a big shout out goes to Lindsey and the staff that has to deal with our unruly, stinky, sweaty crowd. It is also karaoke night, so if you have some talent, let it out.

I hope to see many new faces and will do my best to ensure you that you have an awesome riding experience.  I feel our network is brilliant and hope that after being exposed to some of its awesomeness, you will feel the same and be more willing to get out and ride your bike. Yee haw!

Shawn Lewis is the president of the Williams Lake Cycling Club.