Cyclists will flock to the rural roads around Santee in large groups in the next five days for FestiVELO.
The annual event usually moves yearly but will stay in Santee for consecutive years because riders had a blast last year, organizers said.
The event is set up to allow daily rides ranging from 20 to 110 miles, with rest stops and support riders to make it easier for even beginner road cyclists. The courses for the daily rides are mostly flat, with scenery ranging from cotton fields to picturesque small towns.
About 200 cyclists registered for the event last year, but individual rides don’t have that many participants. Rides are scheduled Thursday through Monday, which is Veterans Day.
Registration fees are charged for the entire event or by the individual ride. The Monday ride is free.
FestiVELO is in its 17th year, and its organizers encourage participants to stick around to socialize at themed dinners each night. The daily rides will begin and end at the host hotel, the Whitten Inn, 123 Mall St., Santee.
For more information, go online to www.festivelo.org.