Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring the WV RAVE (Ridge and Valley Excursion Bike Tour) on Saturday, June 4, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Camp Caesar, near Cowen. Habitat for Humanity of Nicholas and Webster Counties will host this bike tour along the scenic Williams River and through the Monongahela National Forest with astounding views and breathtaking climbs! Three routes are offered, so everyone from beginners to avid cyclists will want to participate. This is the third annual edition of the tour, with the previous two being significantly helpful in bringing help to local families.
June 4, 2011 at 8am. All cyclists start from Camp Caesar parking lot.
Take I-79 to Exit 57 (Summersville, Beckley) and follow Rt. 19 South for 10.5 miles. Turn left onto Rt. 82 at Brich River. At the end of Rt. 82, turn left onto Rt. 20. Camp Caesar is 5 miles on the left. All cyclists begin and end at the camp.
Rides to Choose From:
- Family Fun Ride (10 miles) This relatively flat route runs part way up Williams River Road and back. Scenic Williams River Valley
- Endurance Ride (50 miles) A mostly flat route that runs to Tea Creek Campground and back.
- Ridge Riders (75 miles) Includes a 4 mile climb and 8 mile descent on the Highland Scenic Highway (Rt. 150).
- Top of the World Century Ride (100 miles) Route includes a 5-mile climb and 5 or 6 other challenging, but shorter, climbs on the Highland Scenic Highway. Will go into Marlinton and return on Williams River Road.
Courses will be well marked for directions and hazards!
Lodging Special at Camp Caesar
$50 – Price includes 2 nights (Fri. and Sat.) lodging at Camp Caesar 4-H Camp, Friday evening meal, and light breakfast Saturday morning in the Camp Cafeteria. For lodging package, call Betsy Morris, Camp Caesar Director at (304) 226-3888 or e-mail email@example.com. Bike clubs or groups may choose to rent a cabin for their entire group. Late registrations (after 5/14) will pay $9 for dinner and $7 for breakfast.
Hotels, Motels, Camping
Mineral Springs Motel-Webster Springs (304) 847-5305, plus more motels and hotels are available in Summersville, approximately 45 min. away. For information on campsites available in area and cost per night contact the Forest Service of Richwood (304)653-4825 and Marlinton (304)799-7364.
June 3, 2011: 5-7 pm registration and packet pickup at Camp Caesar, Burton Hall. Cost of ride is $50. Will take registrations day of ride, but cannot guarantee you will make the starting time.
Packets can be picked up Friday evening from 5-7pm at Burton Hall at Camp Caesar and will include map of chosen course. Ride packets will not be mailed.
Cookout-style dinner upon returning to Camp Caesar after ride. The cost of the Saturday dinner is included in the $50 registration fee.
Contact Sam Barger at 304-619-3552 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Audrey Flanagan at 304-742-6276 or email: email@example.com
I’ve been wanting to do this ride for quite a while, but things always tend to pop up in the way of me. Luckily I have been well prepared, and registered way early. We have a gang of people from Buckhannon going, and William Given is meeting up with me for the ride.
Pretty pumped. I haven’t done a 100 mile ride since June of last year, so I’m also a touch bit nervous. I hope to see some of you guys there!
75 Mile ride: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/397333
100 Mile ride: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/394698