Cen­tury ride sign up starts

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MADI­SON MOR­GAN­THALL sports@cov­news.com

Regis­tra­tion is un­der­way for the Cov­ing­ton Cen­tury Ride, which is ex­pected to bring up­wards of 1,000 par­tic­i­pants to town on Aug. 3. The ride, spon­sored by The South­ern Bi­cy­cle League, will ben­e­fit both New­ton Trails and Pound Pup­pies ’N Kit­tens and Home­town Res­cue.

The bike ride will both start and fin­ish at the New­ton Con­fer­ence Cen­ter at Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege. The venue will open at 6 a.m., with free cof­fee and dough­nuts avail­able prior to the ride. A mass start be­gins at 7 a.m., ac­com­pa­nied by a po­lice es­cort, that will ride through Ox­ford.

Sev­eral routes of dif­fer­ent dis­tances will be avail­able for rid­ers of all lev­els, in­clud­ing 13-, 38-, 67- and 100mile op­tions. The scenic routes take par­tic­i­pants through the coun­try­side of Cov­ing­ton, Ox­ford, Jersey, Rut­ledge, So­cial Cir­cle, Mans­field, and New­born.

Along the routes will be sev­eral rest stops with vol­un­teers, snacks and wa­ter to re­fuel, as well as bike me­chan­ics should they be needed.

Fol­low­ing the ride, a Trails and Tails Expo will take place at Geor- gia Pied­mont, be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. and last­ing through­out the day. Pro­ceeds of the ride goes to Trails and Tails, which in turn ben­e­fits both New­ton Trails and Pound Pup­pies ’N Kit­tens and Home­town Res­cue.

The expo will fea­ture mu­sic by gui­tarist Chris Cates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; draw­ings for bikes and door prizes; and a “Beach Party” on the lawn.

Food from lo­cal restau­rant Just Dogs will in­cludes brats, porta­bella mushroom and Black An­gus burg­ers, and broc­coli salad — all

in­cluded with the price of regis­tra­tion. For an ad­di­tional $5 per per­son, smooth­ies and a meal up­grade to lob­ster rolls will be avail­able.

The price to pre-reg­is­ter is $35 for mem­bers of the South­ern Bi­cy­cle League and $45 for non­mem­bers; par­tic­i­pants can pre-reg­is­ter on­line. Regis­tra­tion the day of the event is cost $50. Also avail­able on­line is a pro­fes­sional-grade Cov­ing­ton Cen­tury jersey for $60.

“For those who want to vol­un­teer, all are wel­come and can find in­for­ma­tion about how to do so on the web­site,” said Char­lotte Kuehn, a ride di­rec­tor for the South­ern Bi­cy­cle League.

The web­site for the Cov­ing­ton Cen­tury Ride is cov­ing­ton­cen­tury.com. Check the web­site in ad­vance for route de­tails.

File photo / The Cov­ing­ton News

An es­ti­mated 1,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in last year’s Cov­ing­ton Cen­tury, span­ning through New­ton, Mor­gan and Wal­ton coun­ties.

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