Amish Country Bike Tour announces new routes and location

DOVER — There will be some changes for this year’s 32nd Annual Amish Country Bike Tour coming Saturday, Sept. 8, starting and ending in Dover.

This year, the tour will have a new launching and ending location at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. The new setting promotes the agricultural history of Dover and helps tie in the theme of Kent County’s Amish farming countryside.

In previous years, the tour started and ended at Legislative Mall in Downtown Dover. Officials say the location change to Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, allows more parking availability where cyclists will have a shorter walk to the start of the tour.

In addition to the new location, there will be new routes for cyclists to experience on the Tour. Riders will ride through the Amish countryside with new layout routes for the 15-, 25-, 50-, 64- and 100-mile options.

“As we continue to grow the partnership with Bike Delaware throughout the years, one of the major goals is to include more of Kent County with the various route options,” said Wendie Vestfall, president of Kent County Tourism Corporation, producer of the tour.

“We’re really excited to include the village of Smyrna with the 64- and 100-mile option. The new routes help showcase more of Delaware’s Quaint Villages.”

Rest stops include the famous Amish Schoolhouse in Dover, where members of the Amish community and local volunteers serve locally-baked pie and cookies. Other stops will feature healthy snacks, sandwiches and beverages. Following the tour, there will be a catered picnic at the Villages of the Delaware Agricultural Museum.

“Riders will be happy to see beer and wine options available for the first time, yet another addition to this year’s tour” said Katie Kazimir, director of communications for Bike Delaware.

The $40 early bird pricing is in effect before June 29. Prices increase to $50 per rider through July 31 and $60 through the end of August. Youth ages 5 to 16 are $20 and those under 5 are free. Day-of registration ($60 adult, $20 child) will be accepted from 7 to 10 a.m.

For more information or to register, visit www.AmishCountryBikeTour.com.

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