The 22nd annual Coosa Valley Cycling Association Up the Creek without a Pedal ride will take place May 12, and will offer cyclists several scenic routes to choose from.
The options consist of 100 miles, 60, miles, 42 miles and 28 miles. All rides will begin at Armuchee High School at 8 a.m. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m.
The 100-mile option takes riders up through Chattooga, Whitfield and Catoosa counties. The 100-mile and 60-mile rides also feature a climb of Sand Mountain.
Coosa Valley Cycling Association president Mark Webb said he expects a large turnout for the rides.
“We’ve had over 500 riders for this ride before, and we would hope to have as many as 750 or 800,” he said. “Typically, it depends on the weather. If things look good, they’ll sign up. Typically, we have the same number of riders show up as those who sign up.”
Webb said they’ve had more than 300 rider sign up so far.
The rides appeal to all levels of cyclists, and there will be plenty of opportunities to admire scenery and take breaks.
Every 10 to 12 miles there will be SAG (support and gear) stops which will be manned by Boy Scout Troop 56.
The stops will be fully stocked with fruit, snacks, Gatorade and water. Webb said it will take between six to eight hours to complete the 100-mile route.
The start and finish of the rides will be at Armuchee High School since the facilities provide riders with various comforts.
“At Armuchee we have indoor restrooms and the capacity to use showers,” said Webb. “There will be a post-ride meal so there cafeteria comes in handy. We’ve kind of teamed up with them, and one of the benefactors of the ride is the Armuchee High Booster Club.”
The designated charity of the ride is the Rome Free Clinic.
“We’re hoping for glorious early spring day in Northwest Georgia. If that happens it’s going to be fantastic. We encourage these riders to get out and enjoy these sites.”
Registration forms can be printed from the Coosa Valley Cycling Association’s website at www.cvca.org, and maps of the various routes are also on the site.
Riders can also register at active.com. Preregistered riders will receive a free T-shirt.