Headwaters 100 is Saturday
The 32nd annual Headwaters 100 bicycle ride is Saturday, Sept. 22 in Park Rapids.
Organizers are finishing up details for the event and are looking forward to participating in the annual tradition.
"It looks like a promise of decent weather," said organizer Arlette Van Wyhe.
She is member of Itascatur, the group that organizes the Headwaters 100. The leaves should be at about peak color.
Brian Dyck, of LaSalle, Manitoba, has ridden in the Headwaters 100 seven or eight times, he recalled.
"It's a really neat event," he said. "I enjoy the fall colors, the scenery and the organizers do a great job every year."
He will be riding once again in the 100-mile ride with friends from Manitoba.
A few years ago, Dyck began videotaping bicycle rides he participated in using GoPro cameras.
"It's designed to be a point-of-view camera so it can be mounted on your helmet, handlebars," he said.
He took footage of last year's Headwaters 100 and posted a video at http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=aTZwjWPdC6I&list=UUmRJG boPv1dkZKrRSPzo98w&index=7&fea ture=plcp. He plans to have a video camera along again this year.
"This is that final event of the season," Dyck said. "It's the perfect time of year and the big finale."
The annual ride includes 100-, 75- and 45-mile rides throughout Hubbard County.
Registration is from 7 to 9 a.m. at Century School Park Rapids. Cyclists must leave for the ride by 9 a.m.
"The energy at registration is awesome and every one of them can't wait to share their story," said organizer Shannon Barnett.
This year, Barnett has been promoting the event more online through her business Shannon Barnett Web Design. She is experimenting with social media, including Facebook, to get the word out about the Headwaters 100. Registrations have been mostly online this year.
Facebook has been a fun way to have a dialogue with a lot of riders who have attended for years, Barnett said.
"People share their stories of how they have every one of their Headwaters 100 t-shirts or that they're coming here with their entire family," she said.
Registration is looking good and had more than 420 riders by the end of last week, she said. It's on par with previous years. A number of people register this week and the day of the event.
The 100-mile ride goes past the Mississippi headwaters and follow the Wilderness Drive throughout the park. The ride then goes through Lake George, Emmaville, Dorset and Nevis, and will then take the Heartland Trail to the finish at the Park Rapids Century School.
The 75-mile ride will go throughout Itasca State Park on Wilderness Drive, and follow the path toward the Park Rapids Century School by way of Lake George, Emmaville and Dorset. The 75-mile ride will end on the Heartland Trail.
The 45-mile ride will pass through Emmaville and Nevis, and end at the Century School in Park Rapids.
All leisurely bikers are encouraged to start early.
One of the highlights of the ride is the rest stops along the way. Mantrap Valley Conservation is the soup stop, which is a favorite of many riders, Barnett said. This year, the band dancing Light (small d, big L) is performing music at the Mantrap stop. Their son, Sabbastian, is performing music at the Nevis rest stop.
To find a map, brochure, more information or registration forms visit www.itascatur.org.