Ga. 400 shuts down June 29 Bike ride takes over southbound lanes

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ROSWELL, Ga. – For the sixth year in a row, Ga. 400 will be shut down June 29 to allow more than 1,500 cyclists to ride their bikes down the highway as they begin their ride in the Ga. 400 Hospitality Highway Century. The event supports local cycling charities and a youth cycling team that fights childhood obesity, the Junior Flyers at www.juniorflyers.org.

Bicycles are typically not allowed on controlled freeways, so the chance to ride a bike on the freeway brings an added thrill to cyclists.

“The ride has been growing steadily over the years,” said ride director Eric Broadwell, who has helped the ride from its inception. “It brings thousands of people to the Sandy Springs-Roswell-Alpharetta area to introduce them to the great riding conditions we have.”

Roswell was designated a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2006 and has attracted many cyclists to its roads. Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and Transportation Director Steve Acenbrak are avid cyclists and help promote the sport in their town.

“It brings economic impact to our town,” said Todd Kaib, owner of Roswell Bicycles, one of the top 100 bicycle dealers in the country. “It is amazing to think we have gone from one bike shop to eight in Roswell. The sport is really growing.”

The Ga. 400 Hospitality Highway Century is a bicycle ride with options for everyone with a bike. The shortest ride is the 9-mile “I did it” ride. After that, riders can choose from 27-, 45-, 62- and 101-mile options. The longer rides traverse country roads in Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth counties and pass beautiful horse farms and landscape. People with mountain bikes, tandems, cruisers and expensive road bikes take to the freeway known as the “Ga. 400 motor speedway” at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 29. Some riders will take over seven hours to complete the 101-mile option. At the start, there will be a light breakfast, and at the finish, riders will enjoy an after-ride meal and live music.

For more information and prices for the event, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.ga400century.com" www.ga400century.com.

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