Hosted by the Friends of Blackwater
NOTE: The government shutdown will not affect the Wild Goose Chase. The ride will still be held!
You're invited to join Georgena Terry, along with hundreds of other active women bicyclists, for the Sixth Annual Wild Goose Chase. This year's event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13.
The Wild Goose Chase, a bicycle weekend for women, is based in Cambridge on Maryland's scenic Eastern Shore, with all rides taking place in and around the spectacular Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
The Wild Goose Chase is more than a one-day ride (although that's how it all started). It's now a weekend bicycle festival with self-guided bicycle rides and kayak rentals on Saturday, with the original Wild Goose Chase bike ride on Sunday.
Both days will feature an exhibitors tent where you can buy cycling products and learn more about cycling initiatives. Special activities include an optional Saturday evening dinner with Georgena Terry, and a bicycle tour of the scenic Wildlife Drive led by Suzanne Baird, Refuge Manager, also on Saturday. For those in your party who donít ride, we will have bus tours of the Wildlife Drive.
The magic of the event, however, is Blackwater refuge itself. Picture this: flat roads, no-to-low traffic, and pristine salt-marshes offering protection for migratory waterfowl in the Chesapeake Bay region. The area, once threatened by development, was the motivation for Georgena to start the Wild Goose Chase in 2008. Established as a fundraiser to help protect the refuge, the Wild Goose Chase has generated more than $134,000 for the Friends of Blackwater. Your participation in the 2013 event will help the Friends of Blackwater continue to protect this critical habitat.
So come to Cambridge and be a part of the celebration! It's a spectacular way to enjoy fall cycling while contributing to a great cause.
HERE ARE THE DETAILS!
Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2013
Most activities start from our weekend headquarters -- the Cambridge/South Dorchester High School, 2475 Cambridge Bypass (Route 16) in Cambridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
On-Site Check In
Check in, pick up your registration packet and receive a FREE Wild Goose Chase T-shirt at the high school from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 7:00 a.m. until noon on Sunday.
Where to Stay in Cambridge
Special rates for Wild Goose Chase riders are available at the following hotels on a space available basis. Be sure to ask for the special Wild Goose Chase room rate.
Holiday Inn Express - Cambridge, MD - 410-221-9900
Comfort Inn - Easton, MD - 410-820-8333
Comfort Inn - Cambridge, MD - 410-901-0926
Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Resort - Cambridge, MD - 410-901-1234
Mill St. B&B - Cambridge, MD - 410-901-9144
Cambridge House B&B - Cambridge, MD - 410-221-7700
Baltimore (BWI) - 75 miles
Washington D.C. (Regan - DCA) - 95 miles
Washington D.C. (Dulles - IAD) - 120 miles
Salisbury, MD (SBY) - 40 miles
On-Site Check In
Pick up your participant packet and receive a free Wild Goose Chase T-shirt from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at the high school.
Self-Guided Bike Tours
Explore the area on your own, and at your own pace with maps and cue sheets you can download here (PDF files):
Blackwater Paddle and Pedal has guided kayak trips available all day. Please contact them to reserve an outing (410-901-9255).
Cyclists' Tour of the Wildlife Drive
Enjoy a leisurely and exclusive guided bicycle tour along Scenic Wildlife Drive, a one-way one-lane scenic route through the heart of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge manager Suzanne Baird will explain the ecology of the area and point out interesting features along the way. The tour will finish with a picnic lunch catered by the Friends of Blackwater. Participation is limited to 20 riders to preserve the serenity of the area for wildlife near the Drive. 9:00 am.
Bus Tour of the Wildlife Drive
For those in your party who donít cycle, this is a great way to see the drive and learn about the habitat surrounding it from an expert. The tour starts at the high school at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
Saturday Night Cyclist's Dinner with Georgena Terry
Join us for a catered all-you-can-eat delicious pasta dinner followed by a talk about the evolution of women's bicycle design given by Georgena Terry herself. Limited to 200 participants.
On-Site Check In
Check-in at the high school will reopen at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until noon. If you didn't check-in on Saturday, stop by to pick up your registration packet and receive a free Wild Goose Chase T-shirt.
The Wild Goose Chase
The main event! Choose from four different rides - 16.2, 22.2, 42.8 and 66.5 miles. You'll find amply-supplied rest stops with food and porta-potties, and sag service on each route. Start riding whenever you'd like after checking-in at the high school.
Wild Goose Chase Prizes and Awards
Shop, nosh, and visit with new friends until 3:30 p.m. for a chance to win a four-day bike tour with WomanTours, as well as other prizes.
BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Exhibitor Tent Sale
At the high school, 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Aero Tech Designs -- A full range of cycling shorts and jerseys at great prices -- made in the USA.
Race Pace -- Selling Apres Velo cycling t-shirts, GORE BIKE WEARô cycling apparel and SockGuy socks.
Recycle-A-Bicycle -- Cycling jewelry made from recycled bike parts.
SandBLASTED Glass Designs by Carolyn -- Cycling and Wild Goose Chase themed glass.
Pedal Chic -- Greenville SC's outstanding bike shop catering to women.
Many more to come!
Basic registration (includes wrist band, free T-shirt, maps; cue sheets; access to rest stops, tent sale, test rides; and eligibility for prizes)....$60 per person
Guided cycling tour of the scenic Wildlife Drive (limited to 20 participants)....$30 per person
Bus tour of the scenic Wildlife Drive....$20 per person
Cyclists' Dinner with Georgena Terry (limited to 200 participants)....$25 per person
Kayaking (contact Blackwater Paddle and Pedal at 410-901-9255 for rates)
READY TO GO?
Head on over to Active.com to sign up today! When your registration is complete, we'll email your confirmation with complete event information.
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