Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join Sumter Cycling, the River Valley Regional Commission, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, and Andersonville National Historic Site for the Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure.

We encourage riders of all levels and skills to join us on this amazing opportunity to visit beautiful sites in Sumter County, Georgia, and visit Americus, Andersonville and Plains by bicycle. No need for horse-power, just your-power!

The ride will begin at Rees Park (409 Elm Avenue) in Americus. The annual Arts in the Park will be taking place that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. so you will have the opportunity to see local artists at work and enjoy live entertainment. Food will be available at the event and you will receive a meal voucher as part of your bicycle ride registration.

Route Information

Four route options are available: 12, 34, 65 and 105. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be a rest stop on all routes except the 12-mile ride. Andersonville National Historic Site will be on the 65- and 105-mile routes as well as rest stops at Smithville, Ellaville and Leslie.


Click on the links below to view a map of each route:

Americus Loop (11.55 miles)

Plains Route (34.29 miles)

Metric Century (65.91 miles)

Century (105.02 miles)


View promotional video about Prison to Peanuts bike ride.


Training Rides

Sumter Cycling will offer a series of training rides to help people prepare for the Prison the Peanuts ride. At this time, training rides are scheduled for each Saturday in March. All rides will leave from Pat's Place, located at 1526 South Lee Street in Americus.


Check the Sumter Cycling Facebook page for training ride details.


Event Check-In

Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. Ride times are as follows:

Century: 7 a.m.

65-mile: 8 a.m.

34- and 12-mile: 9 a.m.


Online Registration

Early Registration is $30, after April 10 registration will be $40. Children under 10 ride free. Anyone participating in one of the Sumter Cycling training rides prior to the event will receive a $5 registration discount.


Riders will receive a free T-shirt, SWAG bag, snacks, and a meal voucher.


To register and pay online, please complete the two-part process:

1. Click here to enter your registration information.

2. Enter your name below then click Add to Cart. This will take you to PayPal to make your payment. If you wish to pay by mail, send a check made payable to Sumter Cycling to Mia Anderson, River Valley Regional Commission, 228 West Lamar Street, Americus GA 31709.

Please choose:
Rider name:


Ride and Community Information

Participants are asked to sign an event waiver on the morning of the ride. There will be SAG stops (Support and Gear) with water, fruit, and snacks. There will be a support vehicle with a limited supply of water and snacks for emergencies and gear for basic mechanical issues and first aid needs.

This is a family-friendly event. Whether fast or slow, everyone is welcome to ride at their own pace. All participants are required to wear a helmet.

This ride is brought to you by Sumter Cycling, the River Valley Regional Commission, the National Park Service, and the City of Americus.

Bring your bicycle, your family and friends, and make plans to stay in Sumter County throughout the weekend and participate in this unique event. For those coming from out of town, lodging is available across from the park at Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast. Additional lodging information is available at

For more information, call the River Valley Regional Commission at (706) 256-2910 or email Julio Portillo or Mia Anderson.

We look forward to seeing you there!


1428 Second Avenue - Post Office Box 1908
Columbus, Georgia 31902
(706) 256-2910

Funding for this website provided by Georgia Department of Transportation

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