9th annual ride hosts 800 riders and benefits Reno-Sparks youth organizations

The 9th annual Edible Pedal 100 was held with nearly 800 riders on September 15. The setting was a beautiful day starting and ending at historical Bower’s Mansion, located in Washoe Valley in northern Nevada.

The event is a ride rather than a race, so the experience and food offerings can be enjoyed at one’s own pace. Riders had an option to enjoy various distances ranging from an easy ten miles to the challenging 100-miler. There were numerous rest stops along the way to provide rider with energizing refreshments and colorful fall scenery.

Edible Pedal 100 is a fundraiser for the Reno Sunrise Rotary club and the proceeds go to several local organizations serving a range of youth from at-risk elementary-aged students to ROTC cadets at the university level. The event also benefits the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway Project, Washoe Amateur Radio Service, Reno Bike Project, and Lake Tahoe Backcountry Bike Patrol.

Edible Pedal 100 also seeks to promote healthy lifestyle choices for kids and adults by producing an annual event that focuses on fitness and eating right. Organizers strive to give everyone a reason to ride a bike, as doing so is a great way to model a lifetime fitness activity for family, friends, employees and colleagues. Riding a bike and teaching kids to grow food encourages responsible eating and is a real life lesson in “hard work pays off” or “delayed rewards.”

Another objective of the event is to showcase northern Nevada as a destination cycling venue. The region boasts incredible mountain biking trails and road bike routes. A thriving century bike ride shows tourists and prospective employers that the community embraces a healthy lifestyle. In the short and long run, ride organizers think this is critical to their community.

For more information, visit ediblepedal100.org.

About Rotary

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world.

About Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise

Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise is one of eight Rotary clubs in the Reno-Sparks area. Membership includes an eclectic mix of 50+ business and professional leaders from a wide variety of industries and groups.