Luray— On Saturday, April 25th, the city of Luray was invaded by hordes of bicycles and riders from areas as far away as Texas. The Sheriff’s Department, along with the local ARES group from the Page Valley ARC managed to keep them corralled at the Page Valley High School. A group of motorcyclists were also on hand to assist.
The Page County Annual Bicycle Race had begun!
The cyclists had been separated into three groups, and by 0730, began escaping into the surrounding area, being led and followed by the Sheriff’s Deputies. A prescribed course had been reserved for them to frolic in. By 1100, they had succeeded in completing four laps. After a break for food and refreshments, they were off and riding again! Three different groups started the afternoon festivities. One group completing five laps, the second group completing six laps and the third group seven laps by 1500.
The sweep rider, referred to as “The Backward Rider” made a final sweep to insure no riders disappeared into the surrounding countryside. The Page County Rescue Squad was in attendance to assist with any emergencies.
With six checkpoints manned by the ARES group, no riders were lost.
The coordinators of the invasion and the Motorcycle Group that assisted expressed their gratitude to the club for providing communications.