NEK Lakes Cen­tury Tour to ben­e­fit Or­leans County Cit­i­zen Ad­vo­cacy

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Or­leans County Cit­i­zen Ad­vo­cacy (OCCA) in­vites the pub­lic to join the North­east Kingdom’s long­est run­ning cen­tury bi­cy­cle tour, the four­teenth an­nual Terry & Ben Claassen Me­mo­rial North­east Kingdom Lakes Cen­tury, on Satur­day, Septem­ber 17. Cyclists can travel 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles on paved roads. Our loops take rid­ers through the heart of the Kingdom, past field and for­est, lakes and rivers, towns and vil­lages. We can not pre­dict what stage the fo­liage will be at, but whether it’s just be­gin­ning to hint at flam­ing or­anges, gold and reds, at its peak, or in its fi­nal fad­ing glory, we can prom­ise it will be beau­ti­ful!

Each of the four loops be­gins and ends at Crys­tal Lake State Park in Bar­ton, VT, where free park­ing and chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties are pro­vided. Rid­ers may leave any­time be­tween 7 and 10 am, with two mass starts at 7 & 8 am, and go at what­ever pace they want. Painted ar­rows on the pave­ment, maps and cue sheets are all pro­vided to as­sist rid­ers in fol­low­ing their de­sired route. We pro­vide home-style and healthy snacks & drinks to choose from at Crys­tal and the other 5 rest stops. Plus a BBQ tops the day off back at Crys­tal, all in­cluded in the regis­tra­tion fee. On call me­chan­ics are avail­able for break­downs.

The tour is a fund-raiser for OCCA, a non­profit that builds and sup­ports one-to-one in­de­pen­dent long term re­la­tion­ships be­tween un­paid com­mu­nity mem­bers and peo­ple with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties; to en­sure that peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are pro­tected, heard, em­pow­ered, re­spected and in­cluded. The tour is named in mem­ory of Terry & Ben Claassen, a fa­ther & son who lived in Wash­ing­ton D.C. and Iras­burg. They were killed in an air­plane crash in 1996, and me­mo­rial gifts made in their honor to OCCA pro­vided sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial help to the pro­gram.

Rid­ers who pre-regis­ter by 9/10 pay $50; the cost in­creases to $60 after that. All who pre-regis­ter re­ceive a free t-shirt. T-shirts may also be pur­chased at the event. Regis­ter on­line at Ac­ or www.or­lanscoun­tyc­i­t­i­zenad­vo­, by con­tact­ing Pro­gram Di­rec­tor, Ellen Bowen, at 873-3285 or ellen.bowen@or­leanscoun­tyc­i­t­i­zenad­vo­, or just show up at Crys­tal that morn­ing. Those with ques­tions please call Ellen at 873-3285.

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