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300+ cyclists descend on Mathews

Cyclists enjoyed near-perfect weather as they rode the back roads of Mathews County over the weekend in the 2014 Tour de Chesapeake.

From the tip of New Point Comfort to the top of Gwynn’s Island, visitors on bicycles got a taste of what Mathews is all about.

Tour organizer Lynda Smith Greve said that 308 registered cyclists came from out of town for the annual event. Many of them had ridden in the past, she said, but many of them were new riders, as well.

Rest stops gave local organizations such as Mathews Rotary, the Gwynn’s Island Civic League, the Boy Scouts, and the Mathews High School Marching Band a chance to earn money as they provided riders with drinks and snacks and port-a-potty privileges, while the Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club traveled the roads to offer information and support for riders with bike problems or injuries.

“One lady said this has to be the nicest town in America,” said Greve.

A water taxi paid for with a $2 fare both ways h...

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