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Rainy ride will put cyclists on county roads today

Although steady rain throughout the morning is expected to reduce the number of riders, the Tour d'Apple bicycle event will put hundreds of riders on Henderson County roads today.

The Labor Day ride, which goes on rain or shine, has its start-finish at Blue Ridge Community College and passes through the apple country, Flat Rock, Etowah, Laurel Park and Etowah. The ride features 25-, 45-, 63- and 100-mile routes with climbing feet respectively of 1,000 feet, 2,300, 5,000 and 8,500.

During early pickup of racing bibs, around 25 percent of riders said they would probably skip the ride if it was raining, 25 percent said they might pass and 50 percent said they would definitely ride, race director Dick Miley said Sunday.

Henderson County remained under a flash flood watch on Labor Day with a 90 percent chance of rain and a high near 73.