More than 300 bicyclists are preparing to adventure up and down Northeastern Pennsylvania when the sixth annual Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo bike ride, which encompasses approximately 100 miles within Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties, kicks off at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 22, at the Jenkins Twp. Firehall
The brainchild of Patrick Engleman, a Pittston native, Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo will take riders on a 103-mile adventure through untraveled roads and beautiful scenery of mother nature.
Tickets sold out on the first day of launch on Jan. 1, 2018. Riders that do attend need to have their legs and climbing skills ready followed by a good breakfast in the morning as they prepare for the trek.
“I really wanted to invite my friends to show how beautiful the riding is and how beautiful the roads are back home. It really started with me wanting to invite my friends for a ride,” Engleman said, explaining how Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo came about,
The event benefits three different organizations — Gearing Up, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League and Anthracite Mountain Pedalers.
Kristin Gavin founded Gearing Up in 2009 to provide women in transition from addiction, abuse and incarceration with the guidance, skills and equipment to safely ride a bicycle for exercise, transportation and personal growth, according to Gearing Up’s website.
The non-profit Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League was organized in 2014 to provide competitive mountain biking opportunities for middle and high school students. The league also provides training programs for coaches, riders and schools. Anthracite Mountain Pedalers’ mission is to create mountain biking opportunities and to support trail systems in the region and host charitable events and rider education programs.
The first year of the Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo didn’t start off with a bang. Only about 18 people attended the first event. Since then, interest has spread throughout the state, Engleman said.
“With a good use of social media through different people that followed me and (my) writing for a magazine, I had some good connections out there and the word spread,” said Engleman. “So the second year we had over 100 people and then we grew up into 300 people and I cap it at that to make it more family oriented.”
The event benefits worthwhile organizations and for the riders themselves, it expresses a passion for riding that has always been there for Engleman.
“I want more people to experience what I experience in Pittston and the surrounding area. I think the ride will help bring people back and open their eyes to small towns in Pennsylvania,” he said. “It really means a lot to me.”