The 2014 Possum Pedal Bicycle Ride is right around the corner.

The bike ride features four routes instead of five this year, Jennifer Conway, executive director of the Graham Chamber of Commerce said. Bikers can ride for 7, 30, 46 or 62 miles depending on their dedication to riding.

“We did eliminate, for this year, the 14-mile route because there was a turn around that we didn't feel was comfortable,” Conway said. “So you can do the seven-mile route twice to do the 14 miles and we'll look at different routes next year.”

With an increased focus on safety, there will be another rest stop added on the 62-mile ride on Jean Highway. In addition, all the rest stops will be moved to the right side of the road to make it easier for riders to maneuver the streets.

Bikers will be supplied with food and encouragement on the different routes, Conway said. 

For those wanting to get a good view of the riders, Conway suggests arriving bright and early.

“The funnest moment is seeing them all ride out at 7:30 in the morning down Oak street,” Conway said.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.