One of the Santa Ynez Valley’s most popular cycling events attracted thousands of riders for its 23rd edition Saturday.

The annual Solvang Prelude bike ride is organized by Specialized Coronary Outpatient Rehabilitation (SCOR), a nonprofit recreational bike club that promotes cycling as rehabilitative therapy for people with heart conditions. SCOR’s Solvang Century, Metric and Half-Century are scheduled for March 9, 2013.

SCOR donates all proceeds to three summer camps for people with congenital heart disease — Camp Del Corazon on Catalina Island, Camp Bon Coeur in Louisiana and Camp Taylor in Northern California.

Cyclists started and finished at River View Park in Buellton on routes of either 35 miles (rated easy), 50 miles (moderate) or 63 miles (hard) through the Santa Ynez Valley. The 63-mile ride is a “metric century.”

The event also includes a cycling festival Friday night and Saturday.

For more information on SCOR or the Solvang Prelude, go to www.bikescor.com or call 562-690-9693.

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