‘Le Tour Frazee’ bike ride set for Tuesday, Sept. 17

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Check your sprockets, inflate your tires and grab your helmet, if you have one.
All bike riders who want to join Le Tour Frazee are invited to do so Tuesday evening as four different routes will be explored during the first such event.
Because riding two-wheelers has grown in popularity, a group of area enthusiasts organized an initial Le Tour Frazee for Tuesday, with assembly requested at 5:30 p.m. at the Hostel Hornet.
Chief of Police Mike Johnson, City Administrator Jonathan Smith and Roger Boe, owner of BackYard Station, have put together a plan that will enable leisurely rides – routes numbered 1 through 4 – that can be completed by 7:20 p.m.
“It’s all part of fun, learning more about our community and it is an important part of healthy living,” Johnson said, when asked about the program.
The schedule calls for a varied quartet of courses, each different, some a bit harder than others, and lengths will vary. There will be no charge for making the ride around the city.
Fun in less than two hours
The first ride will begin at 6 p.m., with leaders taking each group of bikers on the various loops. The complete program will span less than two hours, from the assembly time to the end, if all four routes are completed.
Individual loops can be traversed quite quickly, according to planners, who have ridden each route. 
Presumably, a person who wants to continue at the 6:20, 6:40 and 7 p.m. intervals will be able to navigate each of the offerings without any delay, finishing by 7:20 p.m.
A peddler can opt for only a “loop” or two, if he or she chooses. Socializing is an integral part of the event, organizers have noted.
“Three of the routes are approximately 1½ miles in length, and the other is about 2½ miles,” Johnson noted.
He emphasized that the ride will not take a long time and it will be safe. However, while there will be an emphasis on encouraging participants to wear helmets nobody will be turned away if they don’t have one.
Moreover, safety tips will be covered briefly before the ride commences.
A new – but safe – look at city
Boe noted there will be orange cones along the curb downtown indicating an area where bicyclists can park their two-wheelers. Several bike racks are available in the vicinity, as well.
“This is going to be a fun, casual ride – not high-speed,” the businessman said. “It will not be to see how fast you can do it.”
Boe added, “Each loop has a slightly different terrain. Some routes are flatter, and there are some occasional hills.” 
Johnson added, “We hope everyone who is interested will assemble at the Hostel Hornet at around 5:30, then the leaders will take off with each group.”
He said it is hoped to be an event that will be repeated often.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 19:30