Lewiston, Utah and its 2,000 residents have welcomed 3,000 women of all ages into their community this weekend for the 27th annual Little Red Riding Hood bicycle ride. It is organized by the Salt Lake City-based <a href=”http://www.bccutah.org/lrrh/” target=”_blank”>Bonneville Cycling Club</a> which and the ride is a fundraiser for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
The women, ranging in age from 8 to 87, say they love to come to the Cache Valley community which they say is the most beautiful place in the world. Lewiston Mayor Kelly Field says it is nice to have them and the city does all it can to make their overnight trip safe.
So where do the cyclists stay at night?
“Some of them actually camp in town,” Field explains. “We have a large park, rodeo grounds and they use that facility for some camping, in RVs and tents. The rest either commute or stay in hotel rooms in Logan.”
Volunteers who accompany the cyclists work closely with the city and the mayor says the city does all it can to make it a fun ride.
Logan Downtown Alliance Manager Gary Saxton says you might call the event the start of the cycling season and he says there will be large numbers of cars and bicycles in one small community. Saxton is calling for what he calls “road respect” on the part of both drivers and cyclists so that accidents won’t mar the popular event.
“If the cyclists and motorists get along during Little Red and there’s no incidences,” says Saxton, “and the motorists and cyclists are courteous to each other, and the cyclists obey the laws, and the motorists are respectful (it is a two way street with respect to sharing the road) usually all the other events that occur in our valley go off well.”
Saxton says two other well-known races are coming up this month: the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay and the MS 150 bike tour.