Registration open for Andy’s Ride
ANDY'S RIDE RETURNS
The second annual Andy's Ride is returning to Muskoka Lakes this summer to benefit Hospice Muskoka. The ride is named after Const. Andy Potts, who was killed in 2005 when his cruiser struck a moose on Highway 169. (File photo by Louis Tam)
MUSKOKA LAKES - A bike ride in memory of a fallen Bracebridge OPP officer is returning to Muskoka Lakes this summer.
Taking place on Aug. 19 in Port Carling, the second annual Andy’s Ride will be raising funds for Hospice Muskoka in Bracebridge. The ride is named after Const. Andy Potts, who was killed in 2005 when his cruiser struck a moose on Highway 169 while he was responding to an emergency call.
This year’s ride features three routes for cyclists of various skill levels. Riders have the choice of taking on a 55-kilometre course for casual cyclists, a 97-kilometre route for those in the “enthusiast” category and a 110-kilometre “elite” ride.
“We strongly urge cyclists to be honest with themselves, for although this is not a race, there is an expected level of fitness required,” organizers said on the ride’s website.
Elite cyclists are expected to ride at an average speed of over 32 km/h, while enthusiasts are expected to ride at an average speed of 26 to 29 km/h.
The entry fee is $250, which riders can raise through pledges by family and friends. This year, organizers will be giving out tax receipts for entry fees and pledges. The ride is limited to 300 riders, all of whom must be over the age of 18.
The ride begins at the home of Mattamy Homes CEO Peter Gilgan at 1150 Ferndale Rd. Gilgan will be hosting a barbecue. Riders will also have access to a nearby beach and shower facilities after the ride.
For more information, or to register for the ride, please visit www.andypottsmemorialfoundation.com/Bike-Tournament.