PHOTO GALLERY: Tour de Marco gets people up and riding

Approximately 175 cyclists rode their bicycles in the first ever Tour de Marco on Sunday, choosing between 5, 15, and 30-mile routes. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

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Approximately 175 cyclists rode their bicycles in the first ever Tour de Marco on Sunday, choosing between 5, 15, and 30-mile routes. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

— Whether you ride an $8,000 racing bicycle or a fat-tired Schwinn, Sunday was a beautiful morning for a ride.

Approximately 175 cyclists took advantage of the weather, joining in the first-ever Tour de Marco event. Not a race, the Tour de Marco offered three different paths, letting riders pedal either 5, 15, or 30 miles.

The longer routes left first, and wound through the island’s streets, taking in Goodland and Key Marco.

Triathlete Iggy Sprude and a friend completed the 30-mile loop early, and went back out with the five-mile group.

Jim Miller from the City of Naples was on hand, showing plans for the proposed “linear park” bike path around Marco. Event director Scott Shook was too busy to ride, but his wife Leanne Hope led the 15-mile group.

Shook thanked the Marco Island Police Department for their help, and said they would bring back the Tour next year, hoping to make it an annual event. All proceeds went to the Greater Marco YMCA.

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