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September 15, 2006
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First North Cape Coastal Ride Proves a Great Success


The Organizing Committee of the first annual North Cape Coastal Ride is pleased to announce that the event held last weekend, September 9 and 10, was a resounding success with positive comments rolling in from participants, community groups, sponsors and volunteers.

Riders of all ages and skill levels took part in either one or both days of the two-day event which began in North Cape and ended at the Shipyard Market in Summerside. A total of 114 people, ranging in ages 18 to 72, registered with the majority taking in both days while others enjoyed the pace of a single day event. Regardless of the speed and length of the ride, participants received, as part of their registration package, an event t-shirt and certificate, daily breakfast and barbeque, personal passport to the North Cape Coastal Ride, a great experience cycling with other cycling enthusiasts as well as a chance to win a Giant Boulder mountain bike (donated by Mike’s Bike Shop in Moncton, NB). Many noted that it was the friendships made during the event, the beautiful scenery and warm hospitality of the western end of Prince Edward Island that made it all worthwhile.

“We were thrilled with the outcome of the event,” noted Honourable Philip Brown, Minister of Tourism. “The North Cape Coastal Ride was very well organized and communities pitched in to make it a regional welcome for riders throughout the two days. Everyone along the route contributed to make the experience memorable for the riders and, as usual, volunteers did a great job – something we can always rely on here in Prince Edward Island. Judging by the comments I have received from local riders and those who participated from away, the event is one that people truly enjoyed and would take part in again. It was a great success.”

A couple from Kentville, Nova Scotia commented that they had a great time, praising the Island ride and boasting it was the longest ride they had completed to date. Another visitor from Ontario who came to the Island and planned a PEI holiday around the event said he had an excellent experience and thought it was very well organized. Other comments included:

• Event was extremely well organized; there was great food and community support. Lots of friendly volunteers, I saw parts of the island that I have never seen before. – Darlene Chapman, Halifax NS

• Awesome course – Jan Meulenkamp, Little York PE

• Something I have always wanted to do, Thanks – Sandia MacLean

• I hope you organize it again I would love to come back. Thanks a lot for a great weekend – Ricky Landry, Moncton NB

Sponsors included Tourism PEI, PEI Department of Transportation and Public Works, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, City of Summerside, North Cape Coastal Drive (consisting of Tourism Summerside, Evangeline Tourism Association and Western PEI Tourism Association), Confederation Bridge, Rodd Mill River Resort ~ a Rodd Signature Resort and Cycling PEI.

The cycling route also helped create a greater awareness of the new North Cape Coastal Drive, with community involvement contributing a true Island feel to the two days. Organizers are now setting their sights on the 2007 event and cyclists involved this year are eager to sign up for another great road cycling ride.

Media Contact: Sherry MacDougall
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