Late Friday night organizers of the 20th annual Ride for Roswell announced that the weather forced them to make some changes, dropping the longest segments of the event.
The 102- and 65.6-mile rides, which were scheduled to begin at 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. at the University at Buffalo North Campus, have been canceled, but riders have been encouraged to join other rides.
About 8,000 bicyclists are expected to participate, raising money for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The ride’s committee members will be looking at the forecast at 4:45 a.m. to determine if any other changes need to be made.
Participants were encouraged to keep tabs and exercise their best judgement on the outside conditions and dress appropriately, a spokesman for Roswell Park Alliance Foundation said.
Because of the severe weather forecast, rest stops and severe weather shelters are provided along each route.
The spokesman said event organizers will also stay updated on weather conditions and will transmit text alerts to riders who signed up with their mobile devices in the event of any other change. Updates will also be posted on the Ride for Roswell Facebook and Twitter accounts, and online at RideForRoswell.org.