Mathews to roll out red carpet for cyclists

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 15, 2013 - 03:13 PM

Cyclists from around Virginia and beyond are expected to flock to Mathews this weekend to take part in Saturday’s 15th annual Tour de Chesapeake and the many new events that are coinciding with it.

The county will welcome cyclists Friday evening for check-in and registration at Thomas Hunter Middle School, said event director Lynda Smith Greve. TDC merchandise will be on sale, the Mathews Visitor and Information Center will stay open late, and the film, "180 Degrees South," will be presented by the Mathews Film Society on the third floor of the Halcyon Building at 7 p.m.

Greve said the main supported ride will take place Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. It will include route signage, safety vehicles, bike repair services and fully-stocked rest stops. Cyclists, she said, will also be able to participate in the new Poker Pedal, which benefits the Mathews Boys & Girls Club Summer Garden.

TDC entrants can participate in a five-card stud poker game for an additional $10. The Boys & Girls Club will man five separate ‘poker’ stop tents for the riders to pick their cards from: Thomas Hunter Middle School lawn, Mathews Visitor Center porch, Williams Wharf, Bayside and Bethel Beach. Prizes will be awarded at THMS gym at 5 p.m. Saturday. A $100 American Express gift certificate will be awarded for best hand, and a $50 gift certificate for worst hand, with prizes courtesy of Hemp Properties, LLC. Riders do not need to be present to win.