Cycling for Our Estuaries
Sarah Phillips in her colorful getup hopes to ride in the cycling event.
Lance Armstrong. The Tour de France. Muscular legs.
Some cycling-related things are cool. Some aren’t. For example, not everyone should wear spandex biking shorts.
When I’m out biking, I’m not necessarily worried about how I look (yes, I wear spandex). I’m mostly worried about people seeing me. My road bike is yellow, my helmet is blue, my shoes are white and I wear a green or pink biking jersey. (Think “Rainbow Brite,” if you remember her from the 1980s.)
On Sept. 22, I am hoping to ride with the rest of the cycling enthusiasts, spandex or not. The federation’s second annual Cycling for the Coast will bring together all types of cyclists, riding for the same reason. Whether cruising or sprinting, they will be riding up and down Bogue Banks to raise awareness and funds for our beautiful coastal estuaries and beaches. Tied to National Estuaries Day, the event is one of three that federation is hosting along the North Carolina coast to help celebrate our estuaries.
The event is really fun and everyone has a good time – it’s a ride, after all, not a race. This year, friends from Natty Greene’s Brewery and the Bicycle Gallery have joined us. Natty Greene’s is hosting a party after the ride in Atlantic Beach and the Bicycle Gallery will be helping out with mechanical questions and issues at Fort Macon at the start.
So grab your spandex and come help celebrate with us – it’s good exercise and the t-shirt is really cool.
-- Sarah Phillips, coastal education coordinator