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Look for 1,500 cyclists participating in Covington Century Ride on Aug. 3

COVINGTON — There will be plenty of two-wheel conveyances in Covington early Saturday morning, Aug. 3, when 1,500 cyclists with the Covington Century Bike Ride zoom through town.

Organizers say the Covington Police will be giving the cyclists an escort for their 7 a.m. departure from the Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s campus at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway. From there they will take a route that will include City Pond Road, Alcovy Road, Elm Street, Floyd Street, through the Square and out onto Washington Street. It is estimated the riders will be navigating the route between 7:10 and 8 a.m. and well-wishers to cheer them on are encouraged.

The riders will then proceed into the countryside on routes ranging from 17 miles to 100 miles, taking them through Oxford, Jersey, Rutledge, Social Circle, Mansfield and Newborn.

Vehicles with first aid, food and mechanical assistance will follow riders. The ride will go forward rain or shine with signature rest stops.

The event is sanctioned by the Southern Bicycle League and Trails and Tails. They are teaming up to support Newton Trails, Pound Puppies ‘N Kittens and Hometown Animal Rescue. Organizers say they are “helping to build trails and save tails.”

Additionally, after the ride, the Trails and Tails Expo will be offered in the air conditioned venue at GPTC and will feature a raffle, smoothie bar, door prizes, an after-ride “Beach Party” with guitarist Chris Cates, jerseys, commemorative T-shirts and caps. Food venues will include such fare as Just Dog’s Brats, Portabella mushroom and Black Angus burgers, lobster rolls and broccoli salad.

Newton Trails is a local nonprofit that is working to develop a trail system in Newton County; Hometown Animal Rescue of Conyers will use funds to pay for low-cost shot clinics and save stray and neglected dogs; and Pound Puppies ‘N Kittens helps get dogs and cats out of overcrowded shelters and into safe foster homes in counties east of Atlanta.

Ride options start from $30. Go to www.covingtoncentury.com for more information or to register.