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Cycling tour rolls on despite rain

Despite ominous forecasts, the 20th annual Tour de Chesapeake went on as planned, with almost 300 cyclists taking to the roadways of Mathews on Saturday.

While many of the participants were local, Virginia residents, groups came from as far away as Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania to enjoy a visit to the county.

The cycling went from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and featured support for cyclists in the form of rest stops, maps, signage on planned routes, and safety vehicles. 

In addition, Mathews Deadrise Charters offered boat tours on the East River on Friday and Sunday and served as a water taxi for cyclists traveling between Williams Wharf Landing and Mobjack. 

“The water taxi has become one of the most popular attractions at our event. Where else can cyclists get shuttled to the next route on a beautiful Chesapeake Bay deadrise,” asked event director Lynda Smith Greve.

This year also saw the return of the Poker Pedal, which benefited the Mathews Boys and Girls Club...

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