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June 21, 2017

Ludlow Rotary ready for 2017 Okemo Bike Race

Ludlow Rotary ready for 2017 Okemo Bike Race

Saturday, June 24—LUDLOW—On Saturday, June 24 the Ludlow Rotary Club and Okemo Mountain Resort will co-host the 10th annual Okemo Bike Climb. The race field is limited to 250 riders with a mass start event with the following categories: men and women ages 12-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+; Clydesdale Men 190-plus lbs.; Filly Women 140-plus lbs.; and Tandem.

Registration for all pre-registered and new riders will be open at the Ice House at Jackson Gore Friday, June 23, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, June 24, 8-10 a.m. All parking is at lower Jackson Gore Inn parking lots; see signs upon arrival. Race start time is 10:30 a.m., Saturday.

For the course overview and directions, visit bikereg.com/okemo-bike-climb.

Okemo Bike Climb organizers provide a barbecue for cyclists and their guests. An awards ceremony will follow lunch bestowing the top riders with medals and a congratulatory round of applause.

The field of riders comes from all over New England and the Northeast to compete in this 5.8-mile grueling race from Jackson Gore to the summit of Okemo Mountain.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Ludlow Rotary community fund used to assist with requests for support. In the past funds have supported local chapters of cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis, the food shelf, youth shelter, student needs for music festivals, national history project, drug and alcohol awareness, and literacy.

Photo by Barb Wood

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