A group of Williams Lake Cycling Club members stop for a quick break on Denny Road during the 10th Annual Pumpkin Ride Friday night.

A group of Williams Lake Cycling Club members stop for a quick break on Denny Road during the 10th Annual Pumpkin Ride Friday night.

Pumpkin Ride celebrates 10 years with big turnout

The Williams Lake Cycling Club had their 10th annual Pumpkin Ride on Friday night in celebration of another successful season.

The Williams Lake Cycling Club had its 10th annual Pumpkin Ride on Friday night in celebration of another successful season of mountain biking. This annual night ride brings riders from all over the Cariboo region to enjoy the vast trail network the club has built over the past 20 years.

More than 100 riders armed with lights and spirits headed into the vast Southside Trail network for a fall ride under the full moon. The riders then met at a local club member’s house for a feast of stew, soup and every kind of pie imaginable.

“This ride is one of the most anticipated events of the year,” said Shawn Lewis, president of the Williams Lake Cycling Club. “It’s a chance for the riding community to look back on the accomplishments of the year and celebrate success.

“This year marks a banner one for the WLCC. It has completed the trail legalization process for over 230 kilometres of singletrack, making it home to one of the largest legal networks in the province. It also hosted two larger events that grew by more than 40 per cent this year.

“The WLCC is working with the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium to weave mountain biking into all aspects of the Cariboo economy in order to sustain our community. Our goal is to make the Cariboo a healthy and exciting place to live,” said Justin Calof, chair of the consortium.

The club is hosting a movie premier on Nov. 10 at the Gibraltar Room at 7 p.m. to shut down the season. All are welcome. Check its website for more details.

For more information on upcoming events visit www.ridethecariboo.ca.

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