It is that time of year again, Rivalry Ride time. What is the Rivalry Ride you ask? The Rivalry Ride is a bike ride challenge between the Mayors of SLC and Provo. The challenge is based on the BYU vs U of U game that is played in the fall. The losing city’s Mayor rides the 60 miles to the winning Mayor’s city. Since the last game between these two teams did not go so well for Provo we will be riding to SLC. However, and as always, bicycles are going to make our loss a win, but not without your help. In the past the ride has been a straight shot with no other distances to choose from, so if you were not a super biker, or at least a confident rider, it would not be very easy for you to participate. This year all of that is going to change. The City and the Provo Bicycle Committee have worked together to create a short version of the ride so everyone can come out and show the city that we (bicycle riders) really exist, and that riding safety is important to us. In fact the Provo Bicycle Committee is asking that all of us who are able to be at the event be there on our bicycles even if we can not ride the 6 mile short version of the ride. Here is all the info from the official Facebook event,
More Info This year, bike six miles or 60. Your choice!The Utes won this year’s rivalry game, so Provo Mayor John Curtis (because BYU lost) and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker (because he’s nice) will bike approximately 60 miles from Provo to Salt Lake City, starting at the Provo City Center, 351 W. Center St., in Provo. There will be an opening ceremony on the north steps of the City Center at 9 a.m. with the bike ride starting at 9:30 a.m. It will end when all participants arrive at the Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S. State St., in Salt Lake City.The public is invited to participate in the opening ceremonies and/or the ride at no cost. View the map of the route athttp://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/53901706.Those interested in a shorter route are invited to join in the first three miles of the ride to Lakeview Park, 2825 W. 1390 N., in Provo, about three miles from the City Center, for a total of six miles to the park and back.Participants are required to sign a waiver. Cougar fans should wear jerseys, shirts, or other articles of clothing in the color blue to show support for BYU. For more information at www.provo.org. Mad Dog Cycles will provide bike checks at the City Center prior to the opening ceremony and other support for the ride. (Thank you, Mad Dog Cycles.)Both mayors want to use the ride to encourage participation in the upcoming BYU v. U of U food drive that will take place November 12-26. Watch for more information about how to donate to Community Action Services and Food Bank.
We will make sure to keep you updated on the ride and keep you stocked full of reminders so that you can make sure to be there with us in support of our Mayor, and a lot of city staff, riding bicycles. For now make sure to head over to Facebook to invite your friends and let them know you are attending. Save the date, and see you there.