Greg LeMond leading world record attempt

By Gary Boulanger, US editor | Wednesday, April 1, 2009 9.20pm

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond is encouraging cyclists to join him in setting a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest bike parade in his home state of Minnesota May 17.

The current record is 2,152. LeMond, along with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club, hope to round up 3,000 cyclists to beat the record.

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"Bikes appeal to kids, and we are experiencing a green movement," said event co-chairs Steve May and Annie Kennedy. "Adults more than ever are living active, healthy lifestyles, and we all need to practice bike safety. What better way to celebrate fun, health and the air we breathe than to take a two-mile bike ride together?"   

The fee is US$5, and advance registration is required. The money raised will help resupply food shelves in the community, install bike racks at local schools, and repair playgrounds damaged by war in the Middle East. 

Riders will meet near Rosland Park in the southeast corner of Highways 100 and 62 and ride their bikes on a two-mile route around Cornelia Park. Participants must be 8 years and older, and are encouraged to register online and then set up a donation/sponsor page.

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