Presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Bartow County, in conjunction with PTS Sports, Gold’s Gym and the Red Top Cycling Club, this event is scheduled for Saturday, June 30 — beginning and ending at Dellinger Park and running through north Bartow County.
According to Gordon Gilley, chief professional officer with the Boys & Girls Club of Bartow County, the ride has grown through its 13 years of existence.
“Marianne Gilliam approached us with the initial idea of needing a cycling event in North Georgia, and the ride flourished from year one,” said Gilley.
The first year, Gilley said there were only 200 riders. However, the number has grown by more than 400 percent.
“We’ve averaged between 800 and 1,000 riders, starting in 2007,” said Gilley.
Gilley said 400 cyclists have pre-registered and at least that many will register on the day of the event, so they are expecting 800 to 900 riders again this year.
According to the website, last year’s bike ride had more than 900 cyclists and 200 volunteers. Gilley said the volunteers and sponsors play a large part in this event.
“Over 50 sponsors and 200 volunteers make sure this event is a grand success,” said Gilley.
The event includes several course options, including a 15-mile, 30-mile, 50-mile and 100-mile — also known as century. There will also be a three-mile family ride for all ages which will send riders by the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site.
Riders will have a rest stop available every 10 to 15 miles. All proceeds from this bike ride will go to the Boys & Girls Club.
“The event is a ride only, no competition. It’s our largest single fund-raising event,” said Gilley. “This event will net around $50,000 which will be used for operations at both our clubs, Cartersville and Adairsville.”