Ride Like an Egyptian to support historic theater

DeKALB – The Egyptian Theatre’s seventh annual Ride Like An Egyptian recreational bicycle ride will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Begun in 2008, this fun annual benefit ride attracts cyclists from all over the Midwest. The ride begins and ends at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb. Riders have the option of riding 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles throughout east-central DeKalb County and west-central Kane County. The ride features a well-stocked central rest stop in Maple Park.

Routes are clearly marked and integrated map/cue sheets will be provided the morning of the ride. This year’s ride again features radio-dispatched SAG (Support and Gear) courtesy of the Kishwaukee Amateur Radio Club.

North Central Cyclery of DeKalb will again provide riders with pre-ride professional tech support during registration. There will be professional tech support during the ride at the central rest stop provided by The Bike Haven of McHenry.

An end-of-ride meal in the Egyptian Theatre lobby will be provided for registered riders. The end-of-ride meal has received rave reviews from riders through the years.

The preregistration cost for adults 16 and older is $30. The preregistration cost for youth under 16 is $10 with paid adult rider. Riders under 16 must ride with a participating parent or guardian. Registration can be done online at

Registration the day of the ride is from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Egyptian Theatre lobby. The ride closes at 3:30 p.m. The ride goes on rain or shine. Due to the charitable nature of this ride, there are no refunds offered.

T-shirts in a variety of colors are available in advance for $12. Preregister and receive a ride logo decal for free.

Proceeds from this benefit will be used for ongoing operation and preservation of the historic Egyptian Theatre. The Egyptian Theatre is a historic theatre that opened in 1929. Seating 1,400 it features a wide variety of live events and classic films. For more information call 815-758-1215.

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