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MS: Bike to the Bay attracts more than 2,000
By Ron MacArthur | Sep 30, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Cyclists pause for a break at a rest stop along the Bike to the Bay route near Milton. More than 2,000 cyclists took part in the 30th annual event.

The state's largest cycling fundraising event keeps getting bigger. Organizers say about $1 million will be raised by more than 2,000 cyclists during the 30th annual Bike MS: Bike to the Bay.

The money will be used for programs and services for Delawareans living with multiple sclerosis, as well as research in the cause of the disease and development of new treatments.

This year, Bike to the Bay, presented by NRG Energy Indian River, covered mostly backroads Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 in Kent and Sussex counties offering cyclists six routes ranging from 17 miles to 175 miles. Most chose the traditional 75-mile route from Dover to Delaware Seashore State Park just outside Dewey Beach, and many repeated the route the following day.

And once again, the favorite rest stop was in the Cape Region. Uncle Ted's Place near Milton – named after the late Ted Stuchlik – has been a stop for every event. And like she has done every year, Aunt Polly Stuchlik talked with cyclists near her front door. At the stop, volunteers from the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs served scrapple sandwiches and baked goods to appreciative cyclists.

Although the temperature was near ideal for a long bike ride, the wind was not. Cyclists pedaled into a tough southerly wind heading toward the beach. Overnight the wind switched and riders had to pedal into a stiff northerly wind heading back upstate.

"We are in this business to put ourselves out of business, and our cyclists help to bring us closer to that goal each year," said Kate Cowperthwait, president of the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Nina David of Smyrna is part of the Bayhealth team; it's her second Bike to the Bay. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Two cyclists pedal along a road in rural Sussex County. Most of the 75-mile and 100-mile routes covered the back roads of Sussex and Kent counties. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
One of the favorite stops for cyclists is Uncle Ted's Place, named after the late Ted Stuchlik, near Milton. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs serve scrapple sandwiches and baked goods on both days of the event. Odd Fellows member Richard Scott is busy cooking the Sussex County staple. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Hungry cyclists pour ketchup on their scrapple sandwiches at Uncle Ted's Place near Milton. The stop has been a favorite of cyclists for more than 25 years. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Volunteer Tommy Beenick of Milford fills cyclists' bottles with water and sports drink. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Bill Fox of Northern Virginia, who has finished the event five times, takes a breather with another 17 miles to go before the finish. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Melissa Schlee of Middletown wins an award for the most unusual bike helmet. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A cyclist passes by a U.S. flag waving in the wind along Sweet Briar Road. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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