2nd Annual Tour de Trappe Cycling Event is October 18, 2008

The 2nd Annual Matthew Robert Wieland Memorial Tour de Trappe Cycling Tour takes place October 18 as part of the Trappe-toberFEST celebration held in downtown Trappe. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Choptank River Eastern Bay Conservancy (CREB). Tour de Trappe features routes traversing the beautiful scenery surrounding this rural town. With flat byways travelling along farmland, beside forests, and past waterfront properties, the back roads of Trappe are a cyclist’s dream. The event includes mapped routes of 11 miles, 40 miles, and a Century ride of 100 miles.

All routes will start at Home Run Baker Park, located at 4200 Main Street, and end at the festival grounds, centered at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 3936 Main Street. The Century ride begins at 8:30am, with registration at 8:00am. The 11 and 40 mile rides begin at 10am, with registration beginning at 9:00am.

The registration fee for each route is $30. All rides include a free tee shirt and water bottle, as well as food, water, and restroom stops along the way, and a free one year CREB membership. The 40 and 100 mile routes include a free trip across the scenic Tred Avon River on the Oxford Bellevue Ferry.

Upon completing their routes, riders can rest while enjoying a wide selection of food and beverages at Trappe toberFEST, as well as live music throughout the day, craft vendors, demonstrations, children’s activities, and more. The festival takes place from 10am to 4pm.

More information about Trappe toberFEST is available at www.trappemd.net.

Tour de Trappe is dedicated to Robert Matthew Wieland, a young man who lived in Trappe and died last year at the age of 19. Matt enjoyed biking, canoeing, camping, and being outdoors. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Choptank River Eastern Bay Conservancy (CREB) in Matt’s memory. CREB is a non profit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of local waterways. More information about CREB is available at www.crebconservancy.org. Additional donations from riders and non riders will be accepted. All donations are tax deductible.

Sponsors for Tour de Trappe are Benson & Mangold, Campbell’s Boatyard, Crackerjacks, Easton Point Marina, Easton Utilities, Gateway Marina, Kelly Distributors, Main Street Economics, H.G. Neff Realty, Paragon Light Photography Studios, Talbot Bank, Mid Atlantic Tire, Willow Works Web Design, and Wishing Well Liquors.

Tour de Trappe encourages family cycling in a safe and enjoyable setting. Young families wishing to participate in cycling together may enjoy a recreational ride on the Home Run Baker Park walking/biking trail, where two loops of approximately ½ mile wind around the playing fields. These are self guided routes open to the community during park hours.

For more information, route maps, or to register for Tour de Trappe, visit www.tourdetrappe.com. Or contact Richard Dorbin at 410.924.0217, the Trappe Town Hall at 410-476-3170, or email trappeindex@verizon.net.