Trinity, NC -- Cyclists will gather at Wheatmore High School shortly to encourage drivers to "Share the Road" Sunday.
The Bobby Labonte Foundation is hosting its 3rd Annual Memorial Bike Ride Sunday morning.
The ride will benefit the Bikes Belong Foundation, which raises awareness and money for cycling safety and organizes children's cycling programs. Communities In Schools of Randolph County Backpack Pals Program will also benefit from the program. CIS provides meals for schoolchildren in need of food on the weekends.
Cyclists will have the opportunity to choose from three routes in Sunday's race: a 50-, 70-, and 100-kilometer course. NASCAR Sprint Cup champ and founder of the foundation Bobby Labonte will take on the 100-kilometer course.
"Awareness of cyclers on the road is improving, but unfortunately we're still hearing stories on the news of people being hurt or killed while riding their bikes," said Labonte. "Getting people together every year for this event not only provides a striking visual reminder to be mindful of bikers on the road, but it also helps raise funds for Bikes Belong, which will work to raise awareness across the country long after the memorial ride is over."
The Memorial Ride started after two cyclists were killed while riding in Charlotte and Greensboro in 2010 and 2011.
Bobby Labonte Foundation