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April 20, 2014

Bike season in full swing

New system of trails in Greenup covers about 500 miles

RACELAND — A recent short cold spell didn’t keep kept cyclists from venturing outdoors to explore the new bike trails snaking through Greenup County.

A group of around 20 cyclists congregated at the Corner Cone in Raceland on a evening last week to break out the bikes and see the hard work that has gone into creating a new system of trails that covers about 500 miles.

The ride was sponsored by the Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts Club, but cyclists from places like Huntington, Lucasville and Portsmouth joined in.

Don Sammons, president of the EK Bikeway Committee, said cyclists have been routinely meeting at the Corner Cone to ride together on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on the new trails.

Thursday’s ride was regarded as a “startup” event to lead into the inaugural ride on the new Green Route that travels from the Raceland trailhead on Greenup Avenue, through Greenbo Lake State Resort Park and back to Raceland.

The routes are represented by different colors. On Thursday, cyclists traveled the Maroon Route that leads through the cities of Raceland, Worthington and Wurtland.

Sammons and other committee members have been working on the trail system as a way to help revive local tourism for several months. He said seeing it all finally come together is gratifying.

“It feels great,” he said. “But we’ve still got a long way to go.”

He said the EK Bikeway Committee has been working with Greenup County Tourism to raise money with the inaugural ride to put in a new trail head at Greenbo and acquire signage for the White and Yellow trails.

The White Trail takes cyclists through Greenbo to connect with the Yellow Trail into the city of Greenup.

Sammons said Lewis County tourism is also considering adding a trail from Garrison to Vanceburg to Greenup, and Maysville is also thinking of extending trails into Greenup.

Eventually, Sammons said he hopes to have trails extending west from Greenup County, to Carter County and eventually Boyd County.

If these ventures prove successful, Sammons said the system will become the largest network of trails in the United States.

“We’ve worked hard with Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism and Greenup County Tourism to make this happen. Hopefully, we’ll see some new riders come out for the inaugural ride.”

That ride will begin at the Raceland trail head on the 700 block on Greenup Avenue on May 3. The ride will start at 10 a.m. and follow the Green Route.

The entry fee for the inaugural ride is $15, which includes an EK Bikeway T-shirt and milkshake or ice cream from the Corner Cone Dairy Bar and Grill. All proceeds will go to the construction of the trail head at Greenbo Lake.

Cyclists may preregister for the ride at active.com or register at the event at 9 a.m.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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