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Le Tour de Pork returns

More than 300 cyclists are expected to participate in Saturday’s Le Tour de Pork with a course that will wind through Harrison County. Anyone who enjoys riding bicycles and wants to donate for a good cause ‘ the Ohio River Greenway ‘ is welcome to participate.
The 50-mile bike tour will start and end at Turtle Run Winery near Lanesville. Cyclists will follow a route that will include downtown Corydon.
Paul Dunsford, one of the tour organizers, said proceeds from the event have been used to help provide signage for the Ohio River Greenway so people can find its completed portions.
After last year’s event, Dunsford claimed it as the most successful Le Tour to date, partly due to the support of Turtle Run Winery owners Laura and Jim Pfeiffer.
‘We can’t thank them enough for their generous support as hosts for the Tour, and they loved it so much that they are hosting again,’ he said. ‘Jim was also pleased to share the fruits of his labor during the post-ride lunch and wine tasting, and he plans on doing it again this year.’
The group ‘ cyclists who call themselves the ‘fat boys’ ‘ organized the first benefit ride in 2009 and had 70 riders. It grew to more than 260 riders last year and has attracted riders from as far south as Knoxville, Tenn., and north to Michigan, Dunsford said.
More than $3,500 has been collected the past two years.
Riders can register for $30 online via Pay Pal through Friday or can sign up the day of the event for $35. Online registration is confirmed only after an e-mail from Pay Pal stating payment has posted has been received.
Pre-registered riders receive a T-shirt and post-ride pork barbecue lunch. Only a limited number of lunches will be available for riders who register Saturday (children 12 and younger eat free when accompanied by a registered rider), and some shirts will be available for $10 for those who did not pre-register.
Motorists should use extra caution Saturday when traveling where riders are expected. Roads along the route include St. Peter’s Church, New Middletown, Shiloh, Old S.R. 135, Wiseman, Union Chapel, Buck Creek Valley, Harrison-Heth, Hill Grove, Heidelberg and Big Indian.
For event details, go online to www.tourdeporkride.com. For more information about the Ohio River Greenway project, go online to www.ohiorivergreenway.org.

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