Bicycling event pedals peaceful scenery, raucous rest stops – Local News

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A cyclist fake screams Saturday as she tries out the stocks at the Medieval rest stop during the Century Ride for the Centuries. Luke Meeks (left) and Mike Chapman worked all morning at the rest stop giving the cyclists some Medieval torture and refreshments such as spiced mead and meat off the spit.


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Jon Chandler, of Aurora, pedals along the Athena-Holdman Highway on Saturday during the Century Ride for the Centuries.


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A pair of riders pedal along the Athena-Holdman Highway on Saturday during the Century Ride for the Centuries.


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Known for its outrageously fun rest stops, the Century Ride of the Centuries — AKA the CROC — still offers a challenge for seasoned cyclists.

Referring to herself as the “Head CROC-a-roo,” Nikki Murtaugh said both short and long routes are offered each day of the Memorial Day weekend event.

“We try to create routes that are relatively traffic free, which is greatly appreciated by riders from the I-5 corridor,” she said.

“Each ride takes you on a country journey up and down the rolling hills of green wheat fields prevalent this time of year. It’s beautiful,” is how Pendleton on Wheels describes the event.

In its 15th year, the CROC serves as a fundraiser for Pendleton on Wheels. The bicycle enthusiasts provide grants to programs and organizations that benefit area youths.

The event’s distinguishing feature, Chuck Wood said, has quickly become the “wild and crazy” rest stops.

With themes including everything from White Trash and Medieval Times to Oktoberfest and Hawaiian Pirates, taking a break features more than merely re-fueling.

Touted as a ride that’s perfect for everyone from novice cyclists to veteran pedalers, David Filkins geared up for…

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