Thousands participate in Sea Gull Century bike tour

The 31st annual Sea Gull Century bicycle tour dre thousands of cyclists to the Lower Eastern Shore on Saturday.

Under breezy weather conditions and cloudy skies, participants rode in either the traditional 100-mile Assateague century, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and a glimpse of wild ponies, or the 64-mile Princess Anne metric route, which winds through Somerset County.

This year’s rest stops were:  Washington High School, Byrd Park, Newark Park, Assateague Island State Park and the Powellville VFW.

On Friday, cyclists enjoed a free “Tour of the Shore” welcome reception on the south lawn of the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons, featuring beer and wine sampling with Evolution Craft Brewing Co., Eastern Shore Distributors, Sposato Family Vineyards and Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery.

The Sea Gull Century is among the oldest rides of its kind on the East Coast. The flat terrain attracts cyclists of all ages from across the U.S. 

The tour has been called a “Best Bicycling in America” event and also was named among the top 10 century rides in the nation by Bicycling magazine. The Ride Magazine called it “one of the prettiest big rides in America.” Not only is it Wicomico County’s largest one-day tourism event, but SU’s Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network has estimated its annual economic impact on the Lower Shore at some $4.5 million.

All proceeds from the Century support programs on campus and in the community, including student scholarships and faculty grants, and many local nonprofits.

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