Switching Gears

Annual Okemo Bike Climb to be held June 27

LUDLOW — On Saturday, June 27, the Ludlow Rotary Club and Okemo Mountain Resort will once again co-host our Annual Okemo Bike Climb.  The race field is limited to 250 riders with a mass start event with following categories: Men & Women: 19-12, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+, Clydesdale Men 190+ lbs., Filly Women 140+ lbs., Tandem.

Registration, for all pre-registered and new riders, will be open at the Ice House, Jackson Gore: Friday, June 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 27, from 8 to 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.

The field of riders comes from all over New England to compete in this 5.8 mile grueling race from Jackson Gore to the summit of Okemo Mountain. Okemo Bike Climb also hosts a BBQ for cyclists and their guests. An awards ceremony will follow lunch bestowing the top riders with medals and a congratulatory round of applause.

Ludlow Rotary wins as well; proceeds benefit our community fund used to assist with requests of support. In the past funds have supported local chapters of cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis; in the community they have supported food shelf, youth shelters, student needs for music festivals, National History project, drug and alcohol awareness, and literacy — to name a few.

For the course overview and directions, please visit www.bikereg.com and search for the Okemo Bike Climb.

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