After a long winter, many of us are itching to get outside, feel some sun on the shoulders, breathe in some salt air, listen to some surf sounds, and do something healthy outdoors. A trip to the beach with some bicycling may be just the thing! Now in its the 30th year, the annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour is slated for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27, with special anniversary celebrations. More than 2,500 cyclists will hit the Quiet Resorts of Southern Delaware for a cycling tour covering scenery along the ocean, the bay and the awesome small towns. Route options vary from an easy 15-mile family friendly circuit to a more arduous 100-mile “century” ride. There are also 30-mile, 50-mile and metric century route options. Remember, this is the shore, everything is relatively flat — perfect for cycling.
Riders check in at the Bethany Beach Bandstand and pick up bibs, event shirts and cue sheets before beginning their ride. No matter which route length you choose, many others will be keeping pace with you, giving a sense of camaraderie as well as security. Build in time to stop and enjoy the scenic beauty that abounds with vistas and views such as Holts Landing State Park right on the Indian River Bay, Salt Grass Point with many shorebirds, Dirickson Creek where kayaks and canoes glide by, Tower Road on the spit of land separating the ocean from the bay, and many sights along the Indian River Inlet and bridge. Even the 15-mile Friday Fun Ride takes you from Bethany Beach and the resort town along Route 1 which divides the ocean and the bay and takes riders to the Indian River Inlet and the Big Chill Beach Club. It’s a good idea to leave plenty of time, not so much because of the endurance factor, but so you can stop along the way and really take in the great sites and photo opportunities.
Afterwards, the post-party will take place at the Bethany Beach Bandstand and boardwalk with food, musical entertainment and of course, great ocean views and the sound of the surf. Check out the shops along the boardwalk and surrounding streets as well.
Riders can rest assured of not getting stranded due to mechanical breakdown or just getting tuckered out. A SAG Wagon support runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can transport riders to the nearest rest stop.
Registration online is fast and simple, simply visit TheQuietResorts.com and follow the links. Note the earlier you register, the greater the savings. You can register as an individual or a group. You can even check out the route in advance. Also on the site, you’ll find a variety of options for where to stay, where to eat and other fun events in this action packed yet quiet seaside paradise. In addition to planning for this event, their website also has up to date information on other upcoming events and highlights.