LeTour de Downbeach kick-starts summer

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 LeTour de Downbeach LeTour de Downbeach MARGATE – Riders of all ages are invited to raise their kickstands and kick-start their summer Sunday, June 1 by participating in Le Tour de Downbeach, an annual family-friendly bike ride and barbecue fundraiser that covers Absecon Island communities.

The event benefits local charities and is sponsored by Tomatoe’s Restaurant. It is presented by the Ventnor Merchants Association, Margate Business Association, the borough of Longport and the city of Atlantic City. The rain date is June 8.

The event begins 9:30 a.m. with registration and refreshments on the boardwalk at Newport Avenue in Ventnor. All rides start 10 a.m. and end at Tomatoe’s Restaurant, 9300 Amherst Ave., Margate.

The course is a 14-mile ride on the Atlantic City boardwalk with a turnaround at the Showboat Hotel Casino, then to Longport Point and ends at Tomatoes in Margate for a barbecue bash at noon with music, games and more. Lunch is open to all participants.

Registration in advance is $20 per rider or $15 per person for a family of four or more riders. Registration the day of the event is $25 per rider and $15 per person for a family of four or more riders. Register at www.marvelousmargate.com. 

The fee includes a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments and barbecue. T-shirts will be available for pickup in advance at AAAA Bike Shop at Little Rock and Ventnor avenues in Ventnor or at check-in on the day of the event. Organizers recommended picking up shirts in advance to guarantee getting the correct size. All riders must wear helmets.

Proceeds benefit local charities.

For an application and schedule see www.margatehasmore.com , www.AAAAbike.com , or stop by AAAA Bike Shop, or the Margate Bike and Beach Shop, 12 S. Essex Ave., Margate.

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