Annual cycling event returns to Hilton Head

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Two of Hilton Head Island’s favorite traditions — community festivals and cycling — come together Nov. 16-18 for the 2018 edition of Pedal Hilton Head Island.

The annual event, presented by SwingFit, is billed as “a celebration of Hilton Head Island's music, culture and two-wheeled lifestyle” and will feature multiple cycling events and a two-night benefit concert to support the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

The weekend-long celebration kicks off with local musicians from Swampfire Records playing songs by the Grateful Dead. Favorites from the Hilton Head-based record label like Jevon Daly, Naytiv and Cranford Hollow will jam to tunes made famous by Jerry Garcia and company during two shows at Coligny Theater. Friday’s show begins at 8 p.m. and Saturday’s performance starts at 6 p.m.

The cycling gets underway Saturday with the debut of a new event: The Beach Grinder Bike Race, presented by The Bike Doctor and Crush Entertainment. All skill levels and age groups are invited to take a turn on a fun, challenging course built on the beach.  The short course will feature a combination of hard-packed sand, soft sand, obstacles and other surprises. Bikes are provided and there are divisions for all ages and skill levels. Kids younger than 18 can enter for free; the entry fee for adults is $25.

The Main Ride, presented by Coligny Plaza, Coastal States Bank, and May River Dermatology, rolls off Sunday and takes to the beaches, pathways and bridges all around Hilton Head. There are options for every skill level, from a family fun ride on the beach to a 62-mile, controlled-pace ride that guides participants across Hilton Head, over three bridges, around Pinckney Island, over the Bluffton Parkway flyover and back. There’s also a 10-mile ride, a 20-mile ride with the option to stick to the paved pathways or take to the beach, or a 40-mile ride that covers most of the island.

No matter the route they choose, riders will cruise past some of the island’s most jaw-dropping scenery. The event finishes at Coligny Plaza for an afterparty with food, drinks, music and more.

For more information or to register, go to www.pedal4kids.org.