Citrus bike ride for education

DEAN VERGARA | STAFF WRITER

Spandex and helmets were all the rage on October 13 as the Riverside Citrus Classic bike ride kicked off.

This was the fourth year for the bicycling event which aims to raise funds for the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation and the Alvord Educational Foundation.

The programs encourage graduation and higher education goals among students in the community.

At the starting line at Riverside Plaza cyclists of varying skill levels and ages could be seen.

Participants had a choice of a series of four routes, ranging from seven up to 100 miles. Spectators cheered cyclists on throughout and volunteers manned refreshment and first aid stations.

All routes traveled through scenic Riverside paths and trails, while the longer rides passed through various hills with mountain views.

Participants were also given shirts and goody bags and even free beer at the completion of their ride.