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Spirit of Athens Tour De Pig Bicycle Ride

Event date: 10/14/2006
Location: Athens

Spirit of Athens Bicycle Ride Benefits Limestone County Two-Wheel Trail Bicycle riders of all ages are invited to the Spirit of Athens bicycle ride on Saturday, Oct. 14, to travel parts of the Limestone County Two-Wheel Trail (LC2WT) that pass through historic Athens, the farmland from Athens to Elk River, and the hills and hollows of West Limestone County. The LC2WT is an effort by Limestone County Parks and Recreation to designate and improve more than 180 miles of roads in Athens and Limestone County as a scenic trip for bicyclists and motorcyclists. Spirit of Athens planners have marked three trails so riders can have their choice of in-town touring, a short ride to the Elk River and back, and a longer ride that crosses the river and heads off to the steep hills and cool hollows between West Limestone and Elkmont. All the rides start at 8 a.m. from the Limestone County Courthouse in downtown Athens. Historic Athens Route The in-town ride is for families and younger riders and it will wander through the residential areas of Athens with stops at historic homes. Elk River / Baker Hill Route For the more adventurous riders, there’s a 24-mile option from Athens to Baker Hill Road and the exciting descent of Baker Hill before looping back to town. Metric Century Route The longer, 62-mile route begins like the 24-mile route, then crosses the Elk River and winds up through the hills and hollows to Salem, Leggtown, Elkmont, and back. The first annual Spirit of Athens “Tour de Pig” bicycle ride is not a race, but a chance to enjoy Athens and Limestone County. Planners are looking for about 100 riders, and there is no limit on the number who can register. The event will be fully supported with SAG wagons to pick up riders whose bikes break down or who can’t complete their ride, with rest areas along the route with water, sports drinks, and snacks. Showers will be provided at the end of the ride at the Athens - Limestone Hospital Wellness Center. Registration fees are $20 for the 24- and 62-mile options and $10 for the tour of historic Athens. For more information, contact Event Director James Rich at 232-8725, or sign up on the web at

Listed: Wednesday, October 4th, 2006


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