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Spoke cards - US charity ride combines cycling with poker

Participants draw cards at bike shops on route in hope of getting winning hand

Seminole County, Florida, will later this month host a charity bike ride with a difference – one in which participants will pick up playing cards en route with the aim of achieving the best poker hand by the time the ride finishes.

The 2nd Annual Seminole Cyclists Poker Run
takes place on Saturday 28 August and aims to raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a charity that supports women under 40 who suffer from breast cancer.

During the ride, cyclists will ride between bike shops on a specified route of 30, 65 or 75 miles, and will be dealt a playing card at each one, with prizes being awarded to the cyclists with the best poker hands at the end.

Following the ride, which costs cyclists $50 to enter, food and drink will be laid on as well as live music.

With poker and cycling both being fast-growing leisure pursuits, it seems a great idea to us to combine the two for a fun ride in support of a good cause. So let’s throw it open to you – what other games or pursuits could you (or do you already) incorporate into a ride to add a bit of spice and competition?

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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