Changes aplenty for Monster Cookie Ride

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sometimes big anniversaries are the perfect time to introduce changes. Such is the case with the Monster Cookie Metric Century Bicycle Ride, the premier spring event for the Salem Bicycle Club. The 40th anniversary event is coming up April 24, starting at the state Capitol Mall in Salem, to Champoeg State Park and back to Salem. Keizer’s Hersch Sangster started the event with family, including wife Mary Ann and brother John. Sangster is still heavily involved with running and promoting the event, assisting Larry Miles. One of the changes regards looks. A T-shirt commemorating the 40th anniversary of the event is still available, while there is also a jersey that was designed by Colorado-based Primal specifically for the event. “The shirt is a new design,” Sangster said. “These have always been cotton. Now we’re going to a sports-tec style, designed by a local designer.” Sangster is even more excited about the jersey. The event is rated as the third biggest bike ride in Oregon. Primal makes jerseys for the two biggest events and Sangster said the company was eager to work with Monster Cookie. “They were great to work with,” Sangster said. “We’ve never done a jersey before. There’s a real monster cookie on the back. We’re selling those as part of the registration.” Sangster said good cycling jerseys typically cost between $80...

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