Rain can’t keep away cyclists during Randy Wirth Half Century Bike Ride

Randolph "Randy" Wirth, 67, co-owner and "roastmaster" of Caffe Ibbis, who passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014.

LOGAN – Saturday morning’s rain wasn’t ideal for a long bike ride, but the weather wasn’t bad enough to keep more than 60 riders from participating in the 1st Annual Randy Wirth Half Century Bike Ride.

The 50-mile bike ride started at Caffe Ibis in downtown Logan and was held in memory of its founder, who died last year. The course highlighted Wirth’s favorite Cache Valley rides while raising money to plant trees and increase the bird habitat in the city.

Ride organizer and Caffe Ibis chef Greg Parry said the turnout amidst bad weather demonstrated the kindness and perseverance of the community.

“This right here proves that when you have a good idea, regardless of adversity, people are going to support you,” he said.

According to Parry, of the 61 people who registered to ride only seven didn’t show up, but 10 others who hadn’t registered arrived the morning of the race.

Longtime friend of Wirth and member of Cache County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Paul Rogers said the ride is “an excellent way to remember somebody who’s heart and soul was into sustainability” in Cache Valley.

“They’re making it not as a competition, but as a tour,” he said. “It’s a fun thing for amateurs. It’s different from most of the bike rides in the valley.”

The ride was followed by music and a lunch for the participants on Federal Avenue. Parry said it was sponsored by JoyRide Bikes, Sunrise Cyclery, the Logan Downtown Alliance, Utah Title Loans, Zions Bank, Cache Valley Bank, The Sportsman and Sally Sears.

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