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Covington Century bike ride returns

COVINGTON -- The Covington Century bike ride has been revamped and will take place this year on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This year, the event will begin at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway. Pre-registration runs through July 15.

The ride was previously the fundraiser for the now defunct Project Adventure, a non-profit focused on troubled and abused and neglected youth. The ride was canceled in 2010 when Project Adventure shut its doors and though it was resurrected in 2011, was not planned for this year until Southern Bicycle League agreed to take over hosting duties.

The group has opted to keep the ride as a fundraiser. Now, proceeds will benefit three charities: Newton Trails, a local non-profit that is working to develop a trail system in Newton County; Hometown Animal Rescue of Conyers, which will use funds to pay for low-cost shot clinics and save stray and neglected dogs; and Pound Puppies 'N Kittens, which helps get dogs and cats out of overcrowded shelters and into safe foster homes in counties east of Atlanta.

"We're very excited to have the Covington Century back. It was sorely missed. When I found out they weren't having it in 2010, it was like a hole in my heart," said Charlotte Kuehn, ride director.

Riders can choose to pedal 13, 30, 62 or 100 miles, past pastureland and into the towns of Oxford, Rutledge, Newborn, Mansfield, Jersey and Good Hope. The ride starts at 7:30 a.m., but those who want to beat the heat can get a super early start at 6 a.m. There will be multiple rest stops and free goodies like ice cream along the way, as well as lunch and an after-ride dinner, included in the registration cost.

"We're really trying to target people who don't cycle that much; they can roam through the beautiful pastoral setting of Newton County," Kuehn said.

Those who register before July 15 can ride for $26 if they have a Southern Bike League membership and do not want a T-shirt; the cost is upped to $32 with the T-shirt. Non-members can ride for $32 without a T-shirt or $40 with a T-shirt.

The registration fee increases to $40 for members and $50 for non-members after the pre-registration deadline.

To register, visit http://covingtoncenturyride.com.

For more information on participating or volunteering, call Charlotte Kuehn at 404-441-3772 or email kuehn@bellsouth.net.

Comments

momofone 2 years, 2 months ago

Would it be possible to get a list of all the streets affected? I do not much care to ride a bike myself and have no problem with bike riders that follow the rules. That said, I live next to East Newton Ele and when this race has been held in years past, it goes right by my home and makes getting out and about very dificult. Bike riders need to remember that they are supposed to be sharing the road and following the rules as well as cars. Riding 4 and 5 abreast down the street and not allowing vehicles to pass is not following the rules of the road.

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Charlottekuehn 2 years, 2 months ago

Dear momofone, Riding 4 and 5 abreast is unacceptable. I apologize for my brethern. And yes, you can get a list of the streets which affect you. See the link here. The 66 and 100 are what you want and are all online at http://ridewithgps.com/users/99539/routes. We will alert our cyclists at the pre-ride safety meeting that they are to obey all the laws of the road.

Charlotte Kuehn CC Ride Director covingtonCenturyRide.com FB: covington century

PS The RideWithGPS website will let you zoom on on sections of the route which I suspect is what you need. By clicking on the "View" link to the right of each route you can zoom in, pan, see the turn by turn directions, and print things out.

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Charlottekuehn 2 years, 2 months ago

Riding 4 and 5 abreast is unacceptable. I apologize for my brethern. And yes, you can access the routes at

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