Dover, DE"Kent County Tourism Corporation and Bike Delaware have formed a new partnership that will begin with this year's Amish Country Bike Tour. The partnership will combine the event management and marketing expertise of Kent Country Tourism with the vast and varied cycling experiences of Bike Delaware. 'Since 2011,  Bike Delaware has worked behind the scenes […]

Dover, DE"Kent County Tourism Corporation and Bike Delaware have formed a new partnership that will begin with this year's Amish Country Bike Tour. The partnership will combine the event management and marketing expertise of Kent Country Tourism with the vast and varied cycling experiences of Bike Delaware.

'Since 2011,  Bike Delaware has worked behind the scenes to create a walking and biking trail system touching the state's three counties', said Drew Knox, President of Bike Delaware. 'We are tremendously excited to have this opportunity to put our name and mission before the public. This year, we'll fine-tune one of the most successful rides in the state. Our goal in coming years is the creation of a regional, weekend event with multiple ride options that connects the quaint villages of Kent County.”

This year's Amish Country Bike Tour presented by WSFS Bank is Saturday, September 9, 2017. Cyclists can choose up to five different loops; 15, 25, 50, 62 ,100 miles, each of which starts and stops at Legislative Mall in downtown Dover.   Participants will receive a bike tour map, giveaways, up to four food and rest stops- including the famous 'pie stop' at the Amish Schoolhouse and an invite to the after-tour catered picnic.

'Our goal is to continually evolve what is already a major event', said Wendie Vestfall, Executive Director of Kent County Tourism Corporation. 'Partnering with Bike Delaware lets us do that rapidly. As in past years, the Amish Country Bike Tour will likely draw more than 2,000 riders to enjoy the famous pie stop, SAG and mechanical support and a picnic lunch. The Amish Bike Tour has something for everyone, from families with young children to dedicated riders who want a challenge of riding one hundred miles in a day.'

Registration is now open. Registration pricing between July 1-July 31, 2017 for adults $50, $25 for ages 5-16 and ages under 5, free. Register between August 1-September 4, 2017 for adults $60, $30 for ages 5-16, under 5, free. Day of event registration will also be available 7:00am-10:00am.

For more information, or to register,  visit www.AmishCountryBikeTour.com.