More than 30 wounded veterans will join hundreds of bike riders Friday at the annual Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride in Babylon Town.
The 22-mile ride will begin at Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst at 9:30 a.m. Cyclists can register online at soldierride.org/babylon or on-site beginning at 7 a.m., said town spokesman Tim Ruggeri. The registration fee is $50 for adults and $25 for those under 21. All cyclists must wear a helmet for the ride. Spectators should plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for the starting ceremony at 9 a.m., Ruggeri said.
All donations from the ride will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project, a national service organization for injured servicemen and women. Nearly $78,000 has been raised so far this year through the event.
Spectators are encouraged to line the bike route, cheer on the riders and offer water to them, Ruggeri said. From Town Hall, the ride will proceed west to Wellwood Avenue, south on Wellwood, then west on Hoffman Avenue to Route 110. From there cyclists will head south to Montauk Highway, turning east before going north back up Wellwood to Hoffman, heading east to Route 109. Going south on 109, riders will then turn east on Montauk to the Robert Moses Causeway and then Ocean Parkway.
The ride finishes at Overlook Beach, where there will be a community barbecue. Spectators can join the post-ride barbecue for $10.
Photo: A Wounded Warrior Project Soldier's Ride will take place in Babylon like this ride in late June along roads on the North Fork, starting in Greenport. These cyclists are in Cuthogue. (June 25, 2011)