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Second annual BIG Slow Roll Ride returns Sunday

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Journal staff

It’s fun, free, and open to riders of all ages — but one thing it’s not, is fast.

Organizers of the second annual Bluewater International Granfondo (BIG) Slow Roll Ride, happening this Sunday June 4, are looking forward to another successful event, all in support of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton.

“The maximum speed for all cyclists is 15km/hr, and it’s open to all, regardless of age, experience, ability, or type of bike,” organizer Mike Hurry said of the leisurely 10K ride. “That’s what sets it apart from other cycling events: riders are encouraged to relax, not race.”

Participants are invited to gather at City Hall at 1:30 p.m., with the ride to begin at 2 p.m. led by Sarnia Police cruisers and bike patrol officers. The route will feature live music with one stop to regroup at Canatara Park before returning to the Agora on Front Street for music and fellowship.

Poutine Feast will also be happening in Centennial Park if participants want to plan to enjoy lunch after their ride. The first 500 riders to register receive a free T-shirt.

“Last year’s inaugural 10k event was a huge success,” said fellow organizer Kendel Ross, noting approximately 600 cyclists of all ages participated.

Some 600 cyclists participated in last year’s inaugural BIG Slow Roll Ride. (Kerry Gabriel photo)

“The youngest rider was four; the oldest, 97,” she said. “For those who don’t think they can ride the full 10k, there is the Slow Loop, a 2k route that will be marshalled by members of Youth Spokes.”

The event is also sponsored by Backhome Coffee and the nuSarnia Foundation, with all proceeds going towards Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton. The local agency will use the funds to operate its ongoing in-school mentoring programs.

The BIG Slow Roll Ride is open to everyone. If you are interested, interested participants can register at www.Bigf.ca, and for more information, contact [email protected].

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