Registration to the event starts at 7 a.m. that day at the Concord Cafe, which is next to the Strickland Store. The entry fee is $30 per person and includes an after-ride meal.
Riders will get to choose between rides of seven, 18, 33, 66 and 100 miles, respectively. All of those rides return to the Strickland Store, with the last riders expected to get back around 4 p.m.
According to the Kiwanis Club of Pike County, the rides will pass horse and cattle farms as well as peach and pecan orchards. Participants will also be able to visit the villages that are part of the routes.
“It’s a fun ride. It’s usually one of the first rides of the year,” said Don Collins, who coordinates the Tour de Pike, adding that many participants use the event to get back in shape for the spring and summer season.
About 220 people have already registered for the Tour de Pike, and more are expected to join on the morning of the event, Collins said.
The Tour de Pike is the primary fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Pike County and typically brings in between $8,000 and $10,000. That money is then used for two scholarships at Gordon College. It also contributes to youth sports in Pike County as well as charitable events.