By Neil Buchness
Bel Air, MD – Local cycling club, the Chesapeake Spokes enjoyed a sunny Spring day to host their annual season kick-off club ride on Saturday April 5th, 2014. The club gathered in the parking lot at Campus Hills Shopping Center
and then proceeded to ride throughout Harford County. More than 50 riders participated in the rides which included three different routes ranging from challenging to easy.
The day began with a meet and greet, as old and new members enjoyed coffee and breakfast, which was provided by Missie Wakefield, owner of The Bike Shop of Bel Air. "The showing for the first ride of the 2014 season was amazing! Seeing so many new faces along with familiar faces is so exciting. To have the experienced riders embrace the novice rider is why we love what we do." said Missie Wakefield, owner of The Bike Shop of Bel Air.
After gathering together for club photos, Chesapeake Spokes held its first ever Blessing of the Bikes. Father Tim Kroh of St. John's Episcopal Church, in Kingsville, performed the bicycle themed sermon. "we pray for their protection, but we also pray for a deeper awareness that bikers and drivers share the roads, because we are all called to take care of one another" said Father Tim Kroh.
Following the blessing, all of the cyclists headed out together and then split into the three different routes which varied in distances of 33, 20 and 14 miles of hilly, rolling and flat terrain. After enduring a long and cold winter, the cyclists were happy for the sunshine, even though it was cooler than normal with gusty winds. “Today was our most successful opening day ride ever! Everyone is so excited for the new season to start and to put this brutal winter behind us.” exclaimed Neil Buchness, President ofthe Chesapeake Spokes Cycling Club.