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Photo submitted Last year's Apple Blossom Ride was a great success, and organ- izers are hoping for more riders to participate in this year's ride on Saturday, June 4.

It's time to get registered for the second annual Apple Blossom Bike Ride and Tour in Cedaredge. The ride is Saturday, June 4, in conjunction with Celebrate Cedaredge Days, so cyclists still have time to get in riding shape for any of the three distances.

The Apple Blossom Ride was a great success last year and is expected to be even more fun this year. Once again there are routes for all riding levels and abilities.

For the ambitious cyclist, the organizers have crafted the 50-mile Hard Cider route that takes riders on a circuit through the Surface Creek Valley that includes challenging climbs and exhilarating descents mixed with a few twists and turns along the way, all while treating participants to the beauty of the orchards and vistas of the wonderful countryside.

The Apple Core route promises a mix of the challenges and rewards of the Hard Cider route, but at only 25 miles this course is designed for the intermediate cyclist.

Finally, the Apple Sauce route allows families and cyclists of all ages and abilities the opportunity to traverse a relaxing 11-mile course over gentle terrain. And children are treated to a free ice cream cone in the middle of their Apple Sauce ride at Aspen Trails campground and restaurant north of Cedaredge.

Hard Cider and Apple Core participants are treated to a commemorative T-shirt and a "BlossomBucks" token worth $10 at participating local restaurants.

There will be aid stations along the longer routes to support riders.

Check-in is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at Cedaredge Town Park on Saturday, June 4. The ride begins at 8 a.m. Late registration or early check-in will be held at the park on Friday evening, at 6 p.m.

Registration is $50 for the Apple Core and Hard Cider riders and $15 for the Apple Sauce riders, if made by May 28. After that, the cost increases by $5.

All proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 482. So register now to take a bicycle tour of Cedaredge's beautiful surroundings, then enjoy lunch at one of the area dining establishments. Pick up a registration form at the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce or online.

For more information, visit www.appleblossomride.com or call 856-3400. The website also includes detailed maps of the three different routes, as well as lists event sponsors.

After riding, stick around to enjoy the festivities of Celebrate Cedaredge, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Cedaredge.

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