Courses mapped out for back-to-school cycling race
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 30, 2013
The “Give a child a Ride” Charity is shaping up to be one of the biggest sports events to be held in the country in recent years.
Wanting to highlight the sport of cycling while giving back to the community, the Bahamas Cycling Federation (BCF) has mapped out a 30-mile course and a 10-mile course for persons who would love to do a picturesque ride through the streets of New Providence. The funds derived will assist with scholarships and other educational needs, as well as cycling gear. The first recipient will be awarded a scholarship to St. John’s College, this according to Barron Musgrove, an executive member in the BCF.
“What we want to do is offer young Bahamians an opportunity to continue their education at a private school in The Bahamas or abroad,” said Musgrove. “This particular initiative is to raise funds, promote cycling and a healthy lifestyle as we continue to contribute to the development of all Bahamians. It is very, very essential for us to create this academic avenue because when you’re cycling days are over, you want something to fall back on. As an organization and an Olympic sport, we ought to be giving back to our community in terms of providing the necessary tools to being productive citizens and being healthy. We feel the organization should be giving back or have some kind of scholarship fund or drive to assist youngsters in their development, whether it is developing them physically or mentally.”
The ride will be held on September 14, starting at 6:30 a.m. All cyclists will leave from Pompey Square, however, the route differs based on the course. Persons signing up for the 30-mile trek will ride from the downtown area out to Clifton Pier and back. The 10-mile ride will take cyclists in a loop, from the Pompey Square down to the Cable Beach area and back to the historic site.
The event is designed for all – families, corporate groups, fraternities and sororities as well as other organizations. Participants will receive a bib and a T-shirt each, which will make them eligible to enter the raffle for a free stay at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. A $35 registration fee is being charged.
Musgrove added: “It is not a competition to see who wins, but more of an opportunity to challenge yourself to complete either the 30-mile course or the 10-mile ride. You’re just challenging yourself while working out, and while you are doing this you are assisting a child to go to school, so the event is very important and is one of the first initiatives that we in the federation will look to host on an annual basis.”
Special packages are available for persons representing corporate companies and organizations.