Monday, October 11, 2010

MidTown Bike Around October 17

 Editor's Note: The Georgia Front Page Day Tripper Pick for this weekend is the Columbus MidTown Bike Around.  After all, Columbus is such a beautiful spot in our great state.

Join MidTown, Inc., the River Valley Regional Commission, and Historic Columbus Foundation for the MidTown Bike Around, Sunday, October 17, 2010. Meet in the parking lot of Dinglewood Park (across from Locos Grill and Pub, 1358 13th Street). Enjoy a fall afternoon of laid-back cycling while you take in the sites of MidTown's historic districts.

Learn about Columbus' 19th- and early 20th-century history while biking past antebellum estates and along tree-lined streets through neighborhoods of 1920s bungalows. The 9.3-mile ride will begin and end at Dinglewood Park with a stop at an energizing station at the MidTown, Inc. headquarters on Wildwood Avenue. The ride will end at Locos Grill and Pub for a reception with complimentary appetizers.

There will be two rides: the first will depart at 1:00 p.m. and will include brief stops at historic houses along the way; the second ride will depart at 2:30 p.m. to ride through the route, stopping only at the MidTown energizing station.

Registration is $10 and the deadline is October 13, 2010. Register early; space is limited. For more information or registration, e-mail; please include your t-shirt size, whether you will be renting a bicycle, and if you are registering for the 1:00 historic tour or the 2:30 ride. Both tours will meet at about the same time at the Locos Grill and Pub reception.

Bicycle rental will be available for an additional $10 courtesy of Ride on Bikes and there will be giveaways for all participants courtesy of MidTown, Inc. and the RVRC.

The MidTown Bike Around is designed for cyclists of all levels and will be escorted by the Columbus Police Department Bicycle Unit. Helmets are required for all participants; children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent.

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