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Oshkosh bicyclists join the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community in putting their pedal power to work, during the Tour de Titan 2 Bike Ride Saturday, Oct. 23, to promote bike safety in the city.

This second-annual, nine-mile cruiser ride is a UW Oshkosh  Titans Around the World 2010 Homecoming event, organized, in part, by the Oshkosh Cycling Club (OCC).

“The Tour de Titan supports our mission,” said Ken Kubiak ’77, OCC vice president. “This event exposes the community to the fact that cycling, whether used as a form of transportation or for recreation, is an essential part of our city and county roads, and drivers need to be aware.”

The OCC is working to resurrect the city’s bike and pedestrian plan to increase the level of bike safety in Oshkosh, he said.

“UWO students likely make up the largest population of bike riders in the community. Events such as the Tour de Titan bring the University and community together,” Kubiak said.

Participants in the Tour de Titan 2 will depart at 11 a.m. from UWO’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC), 735 Pearl Ave., and end at the Homecoming pregame celebration at  Tent City on Josslyn Street near the Oshkosh Sports Complex.  A secure bike corral will be provided at both the start and finish of the ride.

Helmets are required. A limited quantity of helmets will be available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis on the morning of the ride. The helmets, which retail for $40, will be sold for $20.

At the SRWC, a continental breakfast, open house and tours will take place prior to the ride from 9 to 11 a.m.

Registration for the Tour de Titan 2 is $10 per person for the ride and  T-shirt or $5 for the ride only. Advance registrants will be entered into a drawing for prizes on the day of the event. Prizes also will be awarded for best vintage bike, most unique bike, best decorated bike and best costume.

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