Cyclists return to Mathews this weekend

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 14, 2014 - 01:15 PM

Photo: Event director Lynda Smith Greve welcomes cyclists to this weekend’s 16th annual Tour de Chesapeake in Mathews.

Event director Lynda Smith Greve welcomes cyclists to this weekend’s 16th annual Tour de Chesapeake in Mathews.

Motorists in Mathews are asked to keep their eyes on the road this weekend, as hundreds of cyclists will be coming to the county to participate in the 16th annual Tour de Chesapeake.

The county will be abuzz not only with cyclists, but also with a number of other events that should prove to be fun for all ages.

Mathews County Visitor and Information Center director Ann Miller said more than 200 cyclists have registered so far to participate in Saturday’s main ride. The visitor’s center, along with the Mathews Land Conservancy and Mathews County, host this year’s event.

Events are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ranging from the fully supported ride Saturday with rest stops and refreshments to a dessert reception, a seafood feast, “Art deTour” and more.

Participants will check in from 4-8:30 p.m. Friday at Thomas Hunter Middle School. Local merchants along Main Street will keep their doors open late for the convenience of residents and visitors.

Also on Friday, people will have the opportunity to take an East River History Tour from 5-6:30 p.m., sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Boat Tours, for $40 per person. At 7 p.m., the Mathews Film Society will screen the documentary, “Marii Hasegawa: Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind,” on the third floor of the Halcyon Building.

On Saturday, registration and check-in at Thomas Hunter will take place from 7-10 a.m. and a full hot breakfast will be served from 6:30-8:30 a.m. for $7.