A word from Sumter Cycling: Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure

Published 12:00 pm Sunday, April 9, 2017

Whether you are getting your bike out of the garage for the first time in years or you are an experienced cyclist eager for a lengthy challenge, the Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure has a distance just for you. Join Sumter Cycling, the River Valley Regional Commission, and the Jimmy Carter and Andersonville National Historic sites as they host this event with biking options of 12, 34, 66 or 105 miles. Plains is on the course of all distances except the 12-mile length. Andersonville National Historic Site is included on both the 66 and 105 mile routes, but the ride is only part of the fun…keep reading.
This bicycle adventure is also held in conjunction with the Arts in the Park event (Rees Park located at 409 Elm Avenue in Americus). Booths, performances, and exhibits will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. So, after you finish your ride, you can participate in these activities while enjoying the benefit of your meal voucher provided as part of your registration for any of the biking events.
Those who register for the bike ride will also enjoy a commemorative t-shirt, a SWAG bag of goodies, well-marked road directions, SAG (support and gear) support, and sweepers (a cyclist who stays at the back of each ride to ensure no one is left behind). Snack stops will be provided on the course for the 34, 66, and 105 mile options. Snacks for the 12 mile riders will be available at the cycling registration booth before and after the ride.
Depending upon the distance selected, the bike start time varies. The 105-mile course begins at 7:00 a.m., while the 66 and 34 mile routes begin at 8:00 a.m. The 12-mile ride begins at 11:00 a.m. Please note that all rides begin and end at Rees Park. On- site registration and check in begins at 6:30 a.m. for the 105-mile route. All other riders should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of your ride.
So, what are you waiting for? Go online to www.sumtecycling.org, register for the distance of your choice, and get ready to enjoy a fun day of cycling. Cost is $20 for the 12-mile route and $45 for all other distances. The fee helps to defray the cost of the event as well as provide funding for additional bicycle advocacy initiatives in our area.
See on the 22nd!

-Submitted by Sumter Cycling