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Outback Ride for Hope an incredible cycling experience

North Lake County showcased the tremendous beauty of the Fremont National Forest during the Outback Ride For Hope on Saturday, June 21.

Bicyclists checked in at Silver Lake Park before dispersing for a fun ride along Thompson Reservoir, choosing one of two ride options. For beginners a 14.5-mile ride began at the East Bay Campground, and for the more advanced and adventurous a 46-mile loop from Silver Lake Park around Thompson Reservoir and back was available.

A $50 registration fee for riders included three aid stations, a t-shirt, goody bag, and refreshments along the riding path while enjoying the beautiful scenery and fun downhill chutes the route provided. Riders also received discount coupons for practical cycling amenities and treats from local businesses.

Organized as a fundraiser for the New Beginnings Intervention Center helping domestic violence survivors, Tom and Haley Roark as well as a cadre of volunteers put on the event packed with wildlife, challenging climbs, and breathtaking scenery. Sponsors for the event included New Beginnings Intervention Center, Fremont National Ranger District, Chilly Bean, Desert Inn, Sagewood Groceries, The Silver Lake Feedbarn, Christmas Valley Market, Santa’s Hardware, North Lake EMS, Silver Lake Fire Protection District and Cash-n-Carry.

Based on the success of the well-attended and fun-filled event, plans are already in the works to make it an annual cycling event, helping to further expand the unique cycling opportunities throughout Lake County.

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