Lake Ripley Ride

This will be the second anniversary of the Lake Ripley Ride. In 2012, the Lake Ripley Ride consisted of a choice between three course distances, all of which started at Ripley Park: 22 miles, 40 miles, or a 62 mile metric century.  Preregister here. or at 7 am the day of the ride.

More than half of the riders choose the toughest route of 62 miles.

With over 200 riders participating in the event, there were cyclists seen all over town. The first rest stop was located at CamRock III. The local Girl Scouts, headed by Amanda Hollis, showered the riders with support and lots of goodies. Riders continuing on the 40 mile course took a tour through the countryside and headed to West Koshkonong church, where Cindy Brady and members of the CHS girls’ basketball team were waiting to help the riders cool down and replenish. Ice cold towels were provided to all the riders to offer relief from the heat.

The ride continued to Marshall Fireman’s park, where the CAP Body FIT crew was stationed to provide support. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches along with fruit, water, and Gatorade were available to nourish the cyclists.

After trekking their respective miles, riders headed back to Ripley Park for a superb chicken dinner provided by the Cambridge Lions Club. The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce also sponsored musical entertainment throughout the day as part of the annual Umbrella Daze festival, which also entertained the riders. Beth Kille and The Oak Street Ramblers gave an outstanding performance to all spectators.

The goal of the Lake Ripley Ride was to raise funds for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the Cambridge CAP. With the support of Cambridge State Bank, Fort HealthCare, and CamRock Café & Sport, the ride was able to raise just over $2,000 for each organization.

Lesli Buehler, CAP Aquatics & Recreation Director, commented, “We are ecstatic with the fundraising amounts for our first year. We have received much positive feedback and can’t wait to see what next year brings! Thanks to all the hard work of Jody Wilke, Mark Sewell, and Joe Brady, the event was not only successful, but it was a joy to organize.”