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|Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:00 am Post subject: 2007 Lexington to Ashland Cycling Relay
|The third Lexington to Ashland Cycling relay on June 9th was a successful and safe event. The relay promotes the building of the Lexington Big Sandy Railtrail and other multi use trails in the state . Thanks to all the riders and helpers who helped make the event possible. The relay had a perfect day for cycling. In contrast to the first two relays, there was good clear weather along the corridor and in the 70ís to 80ís all day. The relay started at Pleasant Ridge Park in Lexington at 8 AM and finished at Rush/Coalton/Princess at 6:30 PM just inside the Boyd County line. At the start, the riders could warm up on the first paved mile of railtrail over the corridor by riding down the Brighton East Railtrail. The relay distance was 128 miles on county roads that paralleled the 109 miles of abandoned CSX right of way.
There were 69 cyclists that participated in the relay; 42 cyclists were in the first leg to Winchester. Riders were from Ashland, Berea, Cincinnati, Flemingsburg, Frankfort, Georgetown, Lexington, Mount Sterling, Morehead, Nicholasville, Paris, Richmond and Winchester. The oldest rider (at a very spry and fit 77) who also rode the most miles was Jim Hilke from Paris who rode 133 miles at an average of 15.9 miles per hour. Jim started out near Pine Grove; he, Tim Wilson & Keith Batchelor rode to Salt Lick and then back to their starting points. Our youngest rider Katiria Duff, age 7, rode on a tandem with her grandfather, Ken Duff and they traveled from Lexington to Mt. Sterling, a distance of 32 miles. In all 2,800 miles were ridden by the cyclists up and down the corridor.
Riders from central Kentucky who rode legs or completed loops from Lexington, Pine Grove, Winchester, Mt. Sterling and/or Salt Lick were: Terry Barnes, Malcolm Barrett, Keith Batchelor, Griff Baute, Sara Beard, Brian Boisseau, Sherri Bradshaw, Kevin Bryant, Bill Carroll, Rand Cincho, Phil Coleman, Kenneth Cooper, Katiria Diaz, Ken Duff, Sandy Duff, Dave Elbon, At Large Councilmember Chuck Ellinger, Christian Erickson, Jay Fulton, Jerrell Goodpaster, Toni Grey, Bena Halecky, Jim Hilke, Laure Jackobsen, Mike Jackobsen, Suzanne Johnson, Dan Jordan, Chrisi Karounos, Dennis Karounos, Jill Kawoski, Dorothy Kern, Garrett Landers, Bert Layne, Mike Leemhuis, Steve Liner, Keith Lovan, Dan Marsh, Robert Martin, Marrea Matthews, Patricia McLendon, Shannon Montross, Michael Montross, Tricia Okeson, Robin Reams, Jennifer Redmond, Todd Shuey, Nedim Slijepcevic, Bridget Starr, Mindy Taylor, Keith Tolley, Shelia Tolley, Jon & Marie Walker, Patrick Wesolosky, and Tim Wilson.
Riders who rode in the leg from Salt Lick to Grahn through Morehead were Jason White, Kimberly Dawn White, Gary Williamson, William Plutnick William, Steele Hinton, Jill Karwoski. Darryl Caskey, and Diana Hubbard-Caskey.
Riders from the Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts rode the last two legs from Grahn to Hitchens on mountain bikes and from Hitchens to Rush/Coalton/ Princess on road bikes were Melanie Bailey-Riffe, Del Barker, Ed Broomall, Kent Morrison, Jim Ross, Tom Rupert and Toby Todd. They were able to stick to the railway right of way by fording a dry stream in one place where there had been a bridge.
A very big thank you to all who participated. Without the riders we could not do the event; without the helpers the riders could not ride.
Two months before the relay George Dunn made 82 commemorative wooden spikes for the relay. Joni Kling and Kenzie Gleason helped with the sign in at the start in Lexington. Ed Stodola ran a sag wagon between Lexington and Mt. Sterling. Darryl Epperson with the Pioneer Amateur Radio Club in Clark County had three radio operators stationed at the West Bypass at Colby Road, at the Court House, and at the New Bypass at highway 15 to help the riders through Clark Co. Fred Jones manned the radio for Carter Co. Mindy Taylor set up a rest stop in her front yard on Ecton Rd for returning cyclists. Mike Leemhuis, Steele Hinton and Keith Lovan took the photographs for the photo albums on the website. Dixie Moore coordinated the relay.
In Winchester the relay was greeted warmly by Mayor Ed Burtner and Commissioner Kenny Book. In Mt. Sterling the Little Mount Trail Commission set out snacks and cold water and Gatorade under the cool shade of an overpass near their train depot and on the old right of way. Among the community well wishers were Lynda Wilson of the Tourism Department, Phillip Albright, Robin Carrington, Ollie McCormick, Barry Tonning , and Adrian Arnold who was for many years was the Representative from District 73 that includes Montgomery County.
In Salt Lick Mayor Frizzell and his granddaughter welcomed the relay with cold bottled water. Dwight and Frank Rogers met the relay in Olive Hill with a buckboard pulled by a matched set of mules along with Jesse Oney of the Eastern Hills Saddle Club and Pati Porter the Main Street Coordinator for Olive Hill. Starlene Harris and her husband opened the Grahn Community Center and served some of the best lemonade in Eastern Kentucky. Then there are the spouses, friends and parents who helped by ferrying some of the riders to their starting points and shuttling them back to their cars when they were done.
Several riders want the option of cycling the entire distance on a road bike. This is possible for next yearís event in that there is a paved detour away from the corridor and around the 4 mile gravel section of country road that is on the abandoned right of way in Carter County.
Pictures of the ride are on the KRTC website at http://www.kyrailtrail.org/gallery/relay2007 and http://www.kyrailtrail.org/gallery/album09.
Posted by Dixie Moore, Secretary KRTC