Independent Bike Shop Invites Community to Cycle for a Cause

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Tom’s Pro Bike, an independent bike shop in Western New York, invites area cyclists to help raise funds for a local, treasured bike path.

As the season for cycling begins in Western New York and throughout the Northeast, one independent Lancaster, NY bike shop is offering up more to its clientele than the latest top of the line bicycles and cycling equipment. Tom’s Pro Bike, a bike shop specializing in bike repair and custom bike fittings, is sponsoring the annual “Spring 50” for the 22nd year in a row. The upcoming ride, which will take place on May 19, 2013, is held annually to raise funds for the Lancaster Heritage Bike Path, one of Western New York’s premier cycling venues.

    According to Chris Lonzi, store manager of Tom’s Pro Bike, the event has an additional purpose. Besides drawing participants out to contribute to a great cause, the ride is a way to celebrate and kick off the cycling season with the local community.

    “The Spring 50 started as a way to get our riders out for a long, early season ride,” according to Lonzi, who adds that it “has evolved into a much larger event, with over 100 participants recently.”

    That such an event would grow and attract an increasing number of area cycling enthusiasts over the years ought to come as no surprise. With proceeds going to the Lancaster Heritage Bike Path, participants know that they are cycling for a purpose.

    The path is well known among area cyclists for the exquisite natural scenery it offers. But it has some other unique features; namely, it is maintained throughout the winter months, even plowed, so that it can be enjoyed by cyclists year round.

    Moreover, “it offers the residents a space to exercise in a safe environment and stay fit,” according to Lonzi.

    The sole sponsor of the event, Tom’s Pro Bike has attracted a variety of participants to the Spring 50 in the past, including national champions as well as casual cyclists. Cyclists of all skill levels are invited to participate.

    The ride, which begins at Lancaster’s Westwood Park, includes a 25 mile loop as well as a 50 mile loop. The mostly flat terrain offers a leisurely ride, and mechanical support will be offered on the course to any cyclists who need it. The event concludes with a cookout to be held at the Westwood Park Pavilion.

    Anyone wishing to participate is invited to visit Registration for the event is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the ride. The ride begins at 9:00 am, and participants are asked to arrive at 8:30.

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