Be a part of our exciting, new event on Saturday, June 4th!
Details: The 1st annual Spoker Ride To Paynesville on June 4th is a bicycling event designed to promote the bike trails that connect the cities of Paynesville, New London, Spicer, our area Lakes, and the businesses of these communities. For those familiar with the concept of a Poker Run, this is similar, except on bicycles!
Rules: Riders will pick up a punch card from their first stop. They must visit at least 5 participating merchants , and get at least 5 punches on their card to qualify for the challenge at the end, a round of Spoker Darts!
Spoker Darts: Each rider with a completed punch card will have a chance to show off their dart skills in a round of Spoker Darts. You will be awarded 1 dart per punch on your card. So 5 stops equals 5 darts, 10 stops equals 10 darts, and so on. Our one of a kind Spoker Dart board consists of 1 full deck of playing cards, arranged on a cork dart board. The goal is to throw your darts accurately and build the best Poker hand. The winning hands will receive a prize, and we have some excellent prizes that have been donated by area businesses.
The Course: Most of the riding will be done on designated bike trails, such as the Glacial Lakes State Trail that connects all 3 towns. Since you’ll be pre-registered online, you can start your ride wherever and whenever you want, but all participants must finish at the Paynesville American Legion by 5:00 pm. You decide your route, so you decide how far you want to ride. It may be a 2 mile stroll around Paynesville, or a challenging 50 mile trek across the countryside! Riders aren’t required to be present at the end of the day in order to win a prize, so ride whenever it works for you. We will start accepting completed punch cards at 10:00 am. A map of the course and participating merchants will be e-mailed to you prior to the ride.
Lodging Options: 2 convenient lodging options located on the trail for out of town guests.
Participating Merchants: Participating merchants will be listed on your punch card and map. Remember, it’s in your best interest to stop at as many as you can! We have over 20 potential stops consisting of Restaurants, Cafe’s, Coffee Shops, Ice Cream shops, a Winery and a Brewery!
Date: Saturday June 4th, 2016 Back up date of June 18th in case of bad weather. Riders would be informed by email if we switch to the back up date.
Adult Riders : $25 fee includes a T-Shirt, Punch Card and small meal at the Paynesville American Legion following the ride.
Youth Riders : Free registration for riders under 18. Youth riders can get a punch card and meal at no cost, but must pay $10 or $15 if they would like a t-shirt.
Funds Raised: Net proceeds from the event go to our sponsor, the Crow River Trail Guards, a non-profit organization based in Paynesville that encourages youth to participate in outdoor activities.
How to Register: We would like riders to register by Friday May 27th so we can get the t-shirts ordered. You can register online by visiting our event site at: spokerride.zapevent.com
Questions: Feel free to contact either one of us if you have any questions. We hope to see you on the trail!