Fall ride will launch from Fox Pointe Saturday, September 21, 5:00pm
(Early-bird discount available through September 13)
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (September 1, 2019) – Each annual LOOP Bicycle Ride offers a combination of tradition and innovation, and this year’s—the seventh annual—will switch things up again. Regular participants will first notice the timing is different: rather than scheduling the ride in July, the Lansing Chamber decided to try a fall ride this year. Chamber Director Amy Todd is hopeful that a fall ride will avoid the summer thunderstorms and oppressive heat that have plagued the summer rides in recent years.
The launch location has also been updated, moving slightly north, from the Clock Tower to Fox Pointe. This will provide a larger staging area where the Chamber can hand out LOOP backpacks, t-shirts, and goodies to participants who registered on time.
What hasn’t changed this year is the nature of the ride itself. A family-friendly event, LOOP gives people an opportunity to bike about 15 miles through Lansing’s streets, forest preserves, and the runway at Lansing Municipal Airport, shepherded by Lansing police and guided by signs held by LOOP volunteers. The ride is divided into two phases—Phase 1 is about 12 miles, and it loops back to Fox Pointe, where riders can rest up and enjoy a snack. Once darkness falls, riders enjoy the final 3 miles by heading to the Lansing Municipal Airport, where the runway lights will be lit for LOOP participants.
Registration is required so Chamber staff can order enough backpacks and t-shirts. Bikers who register by September 13 will automatically receive the early-bird discount price of $30. Registrations that come in after September 13 will be charged the regular price of $40.
Online registration is available at chamberoflansing.com.
If you’d like to volunteer for LOOP 2019, call the Chamber office at 708-474-4170.