The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton will host a premier cycling fundraising event Nov. 6 in Bluffton to be called “Bike Bluffton.” Bike Bluffton is mirrored after Pedal Hilton Head, a similar cycling event that draws more than 600 riders of various abilities and raises more than $100,000 for The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head.

“We’re thrilled to offer Lowcountry riders the opportunity to experience Bluffton’s beauty,” said Bike Bluffton committee co-chairman, Bruce Andrews.  “Riders of various levels of experience will enjoy carefully planned, scenic routes while simultaneously giving back to the children of our community who need us the most.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton has served more than 4,500 children ages 6-18 since opening its doors in 1998.  early 50% of club members are living in a single-parent household and 40% are living below the Federal poverty line.

The club has faced significant capacity challenges since COVID. With an annual operating budget of more than $1 million, existing fundraisers contribute to just 35% of the annual fund. This additional fundraiser, Bike Bluffton, is expected to be an annual event that will net nearly 10% of the annual operating budget by year five.

There are four ride routes designed to offer something for everyone. The 62-mile ride and 30-mile ride are for avid cyclists, many of which travel in groups from all over the country. These riders will ride through Palmetto Bluff and Hampton Lakes.

The 10-mile ride is for fitness enthusiasts who might not have extensive biking experience but are looking for a challenge. The family-friendly 2-mile ride is designed for the club’s members and their families, and community members who want to get out and support The Boys & Girls Club.

The rides will start at staged times, with the earliest and longest commencing at 8 a.m. The start and finish will be at The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton, 100 H.E. McCracken Circle. After the riding event, participants and the families may enjoy food, music and activities.

About 40% of the 600-plus registered riders of Pedal Hilton Head were from out of town (greater than 50 miles away). Bike Bluffton anticipates similar participation.

Registration is open at bikebluffton.org. Registration fees start as low as $50 for a family fun ride with up to five family members, and range up to $300 to ride for a specific club member. Registration for a single rider is $70 through Oct. 16, with late pricing after that.

For more information contact Andrews at bruceandrews22@gmail.com or co-chair Mollie Sandman at msandman@southatlantic.bank

Follow the Facebook page and Instagram account at @bikebluffton for real-time updates on the event.