Tour de Frederick Reels in Hundreds of Cyclists

- FREDERICK, Md. - It's not quite Tour de France, but here in Frederick you can get a more local version of the international bike race at the Tour de Frederick events.

"Today I'm ready to hit the road, go fast, be a speed demon on the roads," said Moses Watson, a cyclist participating in the weekend-long event.

The race, which is in its fifth year, had many bikers like Watson, eager to hit the road.

"I'm ready to go fast on the pavement," added Watson.

TDF benefits the Boys and Girls club of Frederick County and staffers said more than 300 bikers across the Mid-Atlantic have registered for the races.

"We currently have 300 people that are registered online and we expect at least another 100 people to walk in and register especially given this beautiful weekend," said Carole Heine, team development volunteer with the TDF event.

TDF was created in 2010 by Neil Sandler with the goal of inspiring camaraderie among participants. To honor that objective, this year riders are able to create their own teams.

"It was a good chance to get all sections from the bank together and get out as a team and really support a great organization and a great cause," said Alan Mullendore, one of 13 cyclists with the local M&T bank team.

TDF covers more than 300 miles of Frederick County through eight different courses. Rides vary from an 8 mile loop through the downtown area all the way to 100 miles on the century ride.

Click here for more information on the Tour de Frederick event.

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