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story.lead_photo.caption Joshua Ferguson

As a child, riding my bike was never the ideal way to exercise.

I always preferred playing basketball and football with friends. Although basketball is still a part of my workout, biking has become a fixture in my exercise routine.

About three years ago, I purchased my bike, which was given the name "The Green Ghost" by my mother. Since then, I have biked across Jefferson City and the surrounding areas, enjoying the scenic views of our Capitol and the Missouri River.

There are many opportunities for individuals looking for events to ride their bikes in Jefferson City. One of my favorite experiences has been participating in the Tour de Jeff Moonlight Bike Ride, a non-competitive event, inclusive to all age groups, where bikers make a 15-mile loop throughout the city streets. This event is a great way to interact and engage with fellow bike riders while avoiding the summer sun.

If you are looking for something a little more competitive, another event to consider would be the Jefferson City Great Escape Triathlon. This event consists of a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run.

I have never been known for my side stroke, so participating in a triathlon seemed intimidating at first, but I wanted to push myself to a new level of fitness. This event was a great way to challenge myself physically and mentally. The funds for the event support Jefferson City Parks and Recreation and the Jefferson City Area YMCA swimming programs. The Great Escape Triathlon is fun and another opportunity to go for a ride.

If you are looking for other events and bike groups to join, I would recommend contacting our local bike shops. They have great information and can give expert advice to steer you in the right direction.

From the Katy Trail to the city streets, Jefferson City is a great place to ride your bike!

Joshua Ferguson is the assistant school-aged childcare director with the Jefferson City Area YMCA. He has been employed with the YMCA since June 2007. Ferguson currently serves on the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Council, Serve Jeff City planning committee, volunteers with the youth at Freshwater JC Church and serves as a mentor.

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