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September Marks First Training Event for Tour de Perris

Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough will be leading a bicycle ride Sept. 7 at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, a prelude to the third annual Tour De Perris. Yarbrough holds a 2103 version of the Tour De Perris jersey. Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough will be leading a bicycle ride Sept. 7 at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, a prelude to the third annual Tour De Perris. Yarbrough holds a 2103 version of the Tour De Perris jersey.

An 8-mile bicycle ride with Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough marks the first of four increasingly challenging training events prior to the annual Tour de Perris on Oct. 5.

The Sept. 7 ride also marks the unveiling of the 2013 Tour de Perris jerseys, which feature a patriotic red, white and blue color combination along with the names of event sponsors. Perris officials this week received the first batch of the new jerseys, which celebrate the City’s long ties to the U.S. military and recognizes this year’s partnership between Perris and the USO, a non-profit group that supports the military by providing welfare, recreational and morale services to the American military.

Yarbrough will lead the pack when it takes off at 9 a.m. Sept 7 from Lot 11 at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, which is located at 17801 Lake Perris Drive. The route takes bicyclists around scenic Lake Perris to near Bernasconi Road before returning to the starting line. Perris City staff will be on hand to provide drinks and support for the riders. City Manager Richard Belmudez will be one of several Perris staff members taking part in the upcoming ride.

Perris officials say interested cyclists should be in the starting area about 30 minutes earlier. Admission to the Lake Perris State Recreation Area is free for riders, who must wear a helmet to participate.

After the ride, Perris officials will raffle off a variety of prizes, including two bicycles.

The ride with the Mayor Pro-Tem is the first training ride for the third annual Tour de Perris. Other training rides will take place Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 and will leave at 8 a.m. from Perris City Hall. Those rides will increase to 25-miles, 40-miles and 60-miles.

The Lake Perris State Recreation Area will host the Sept. 7 Ride with the Mayor Pro-Tem cycling event.The Lake Perris State Recreation Area will host the Sept. 7 Ride with the Mayor Pro-Tem cycling event.

The Tour de Perris includes rides of 8-miles, 30-miles, 62-miles and 100-miles. Courses encompass a variety of terrain from hills, through wilderness areas along busy highways and past urban subdivisions. Yarbrough took part in the 30-mile ride during the inaugural Tour de Perris in 2001. Last year, he upped the ante to the 62-mile trek. This year, it’s the 100-miler.

“I’m stepping up my game and going for the big one,” Yarbrough said. “I’m glad for the opportunity to train for this signature event, which the Tour de Perris has become.”

As an elected official, Yarbrough said it important to support and attend events that promote fitness, fun, family, friends and community pride.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet neighbors and other members of the Perris community and neighboring cities,” he said. “We welcome them all. They’re our neighbors too.”