Cyclists gear up for Spring Cycle

Cyclists gather for the Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle on May 21, 2016.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Hundreds of riders are set to participate in the big Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle event. The ride will kick off Saturday morning from the Arts United Center downtown.

Cyclists gather for the Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle on May 21, 2016.
Cyclists gather for the Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle on May 21, 2016.

This is the fifth year kick start has put on the Spring Cycle, and each year it keeps getting bigger and better.  The organization is hosting five separate cycle tours, the longest being a 100K Tour stretching from Fort Wayne to Antwerp, Ohio and back to the Summit City.

The addition of the new 100K tour has some cyclists ready to test their limits. Hundreds of cyclists are prepared to take the 62 mile challenge tomorrow.

It’s the longest Course in the Spring Cycle, but it’s no comparison to the distance Matt Lesser has biked. The longest course he’s every done is 120 miles.

“Its a matter of pacing, it’s a matter of staying hydrated and it’s really a matter of consistency,” said Lesser

Jordan Redding figured the 62 mile course would be a good way to prepare her for an even longer journey.

“I’m training to bike across the country. I leave actually in about a week,” said Redding. “I’m preparing for my long 70 mile days.”

The farthest she’s ever biked is 55 miles.

“About 20 miles in you aren’t really going to be able to feel your legs,” she said “So hopefully halfway in I will just push forward an thing about the reason I’m doing it.”

Cyclists will start the races from East Main Street. People should expect Main Street to be closed from Barr to Clay streets until about noon on Saturday.

Riders will take Columbia Street to Lake Avenue, then head north on Reed Road and head back towards downtown on Vance Avenue, Buena Vista Drive and eventually ending on Barr Street.

The event wraps up with the Kickstart Block Party at the Headwaters Park East Pavilion from noon to 4 p.m.

Spring Cycle Route Map

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