Community learns to ride hard, eat well, and give back

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Updated: 9/17/2012 3:45 pm
The only organized century bike ride hit the streets of Washoe Valley Sunday morning for the Edible Pedal 100.

Nearly 1,000 riders showed up to ride hard, eat well, and give back.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the turnout local people here are embracing healthy lifestyle choices they're recognizing the importance of fitness and they're recognizing the importance of eating well," ride director Kerry Crawford says.

The ride is a fundraiser put on by the rotary club Reno Sunrise.

"The Edible Pedal is an amazing event, because it brings out the whole community, families, hard core cyclists and people who love riding their bikes through the Washoe area and it supports great local agriculture," Volunteer director with Tour de Nez Katheryn Yetter said after she participate in the ride.

Edible Pedal 100's mission is to get people out enjoying a ride and learning about how to eat healthy and locally.

The event consisted of three rides, a 100-mile, 50-mile, and 10-mile all along the beautiful backdrop of Washoe Valley.

"It's a fine day to get on your bike and it's a great day to ride," Yetter says.

At every stoppage area local food was given out to riders that was made all naturally and even some made by culinary students from local high schools who passed out their homemade energy bars.

"There have been studies that have been done that show eating locally, eating local food that is grown within 150 miles from where you live which is referred to as your food shed is much better much more nutritious for you," Crawford says.

Crawford also says the ride promotes the local economy as well, because the majority of produce for the BBQ after the ride was locally grown along with about 700 pounds of local meat.

Tons of families showed up with their kids in tote or closely pedal along trail... volunteers and organizers say it's great seeing a part of the ride and festivities.

“It's good for the younger culture to learn about  it now so they can grow up with it and maybe spread it to their kids," volunteer, UNR soph. Justin Bolter says.

Yetter says believes the ride was a great way to learn about all the ways to enjoy a ride and some good food right in your own neighborhood.

"I really had no idea how many agricultural producers there are in this area and this is a wonderful way to find out," Yetter says.

Riders seem to agree, Northern Nevada has a lot to offer from strengthening your muscles to filling your bellies.

This was the second year of the Edible Pedal 100.

Crawford says they raised $10,000 last year to donate to the group Urban Roots and hope to at least match that again this year.


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