Ocean to Bay Bike Tour gears up for April 26-27

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, presented by NVHomes/Ryan Homes and hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, is slated for April 26-27.

The show-and-go tour brings more than 2,500 cyclists to the Quiet Resorts each spring, and will kick off on Friday, April 26, with the 15-mile Friday Fun Ride, taking cyclists from downtown Bethany Beach to the Indian River Inlet and back — featuring a stop at the Big Chill Beach Club.

“Last year was our first time offering the Friday Fun Ride,” said Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and race director for the annual cycling event. “In its first year, the ride was only offered to cyclists who were signed up to ride on Saturday. This year, we opened the 15-mile Friday Fun Ride for individual registration, meaning cyclists do not have to be signed up for the Saturday event in order to ride on Friday.”

On Saturday, the main event kicks off with the ceremonial start at 7 a.m. in downtown Bethany Beach. Participants will complete 30-mile, 50-mile, metric century or century courses, traveling throughout the scenic beach and bay locales of Southern Delaware. Registrants will have access to bike mechanics provided by Lifecycle, and rest stops along each route offer restrooms, food and beverages, and SAG wagon support available to cyclists from 7:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.

Weaver said the supporting sponsors of the event, including Bayside, a Carl M. Freeman Company Community; Bishop’s Landing of Beazer Homes; K. Hovnanian Homes at Ocean View Beach Club; PNC Bank; and Big Chill Beach Club, have played an active role in enhancing the overall experience the Ocean to Bay Bike Tour.

“The partnerships with all of our sponsors and businesses have grown the event into a weekend affair,” said Weaver, “With the majority of our cyclists coming from out of the area, people come to enjoy the Quiet Resorts for the entire weekend.”

After the ride, participants are being invited to the Continue the Tour Post Party, with live entertainment, as well as food, beverages and vendors. Cyclists and their families and friends can add to the fun by tagging their photos with #OceanToBay on social media.

Registration is open, and current prices will increase on April 1. Registration closes April 20, and this year’s event is expected to sell out. No day-of registration will be offered. Visit oceantobaybiketour.com for complete information and to register.