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From Duke Chapel to Irish pub: Ride around Durham with a biking group started by a Duke grad student

From Duke Chapel to Irish pub: Ride around Durham with a biking group started by a Duke grad student

Riders gather at the Duke Chapel before their weekly bike ride around Durham Photo by Jothi Gupta | The Chronicle A taco, a banana and…

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Riders gather at the Duke Chapel before their weekly bike ride around Durham Photo by Jothi Gupta | The Chronicle A taco, a banana and a skeleton cross the street.

No, seriously.

In a special Halloween edition of Ride Around Durham, a Durham-based recreational, no-drop biking group, participants gathered in costume for their yearly Boo-nanza ride.

It’s Thursday night. It’s dark aside from the lines of bike headlights breaking up the night. We’re 6 miles into the ride and someone yells:

“Are we having fun?”

“Yes!” all of nearly 80 group members yell back.

***For the past two years, on nearly every Thursday evening at 7 p.m., a ragtag band of bikers from the Durham area has claimed the driveway in front of the Chapel as their own, gathering for their weekly ride.The group, founded in August 2021 by a Duke graduate student, Israel Golden, began amid slow post-pandemic openings to help reconnect members of the Duke community. It is modeled off an Asheville-based social ride, ‘ Mountain Haulers ,’ Golden said.RAD has grown beyond the Duke community into a Durham-based group, adding to a growing biking culture in the Bull City. This club joins the ranks of other prominent groups, including the Ponysaurus Ride and CCC Ride, to name a few, serving hundreds of cyclists in Bull City.***We stand at the Chapel steps, listening to ride leader Kelsey Graywill, a primary leader of RAD who took over after Golden’s departure, lay out the evening’s route.“Thanks everyone for coming!” And with that, the group is […]

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