L’Max Bike Tour returns for Lake Fest 2013

The Culver Lake Fest-accompanying L'Max Bike Tour will return this year for its sixth run, just in time for the 30th annual festival, and Chris Chambers of Rideon Bicycles on Lake Shore Drive is marking his second year spearheading the event. On-site registration for the Sunday, July 21 ride begins at 7 a.m. Pre-registation is open now, with forms available online at www.culverlakefest.com. It should be noted that before July 1, entry fees are $20 per individual or $40 per family,and after July 1, entry fees are $25 per individual and $50 per family. Free t-shirts are only guaranteed to those who register before July 1.

Chambers notes emergency supplies such as tubes and tires will be available "within reason," to help bikers get back on the road to enjoy one of four distances to choose from on the ride: 10 miles, 30 miles, 63 miles, and 100 miles, all starting at the Culver beach lodge, which will also serve as an SAG stop.

The 10 mile ride will go around Lake Maxinkuckee, while the 30 mile ride will go out to the Chief Menominee Monument on Peach Road (where there will be another SAG stop) and loop back. The 63 mile ride takes riders up to and around Ancilla College (site of one more SAG stop), over to the Menominee Monument, and back to the beach lodge. The 100 mile ride will encompass all of the above before routing riders south through Culver and west to, and around, Bass Lake (where there is another SAG stop. Each SAG stop will provide food and drinks, plus restroom facilities. There will also be SAG wagons traveling each route to help riders in distress, although all riders are asked to make sure they can take care of their own minor repairs, such as replacing chains or patching/replacing tubes.

Riders are asked to be prepared for the distance they choose to ride, and helmets are required and must be worn during the ride.

Questions about the tour may be directed to Chris Chambers at 574-216-6228 or via Rideon Bicycles at 574-842-4788.