Saturday, May 3, 2014

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

Registration is $35. Riders will receive a free T-shirt, SWAG bag, food and admission to an after-ride concert and party.

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 Lenny's Market, located at 110 North Hampton Street in downtown Americus. The farmer's market will be open that morning before the ride, so you will have a chance to buy some locally-grown produce and baked goods.

Four routes options are available - 13, 34, 65 and 105 miles. There will be rest stops at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, in historic Andersonville, Smithville, Ellaville and Leslie.

To see details about the routes, follow the links below.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. The 65-mile and 105-mile rides will begin at 8 a.m. with the other routes beginning at 9 a.m.

The ride will end back at Lenny's Market. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served throughout the afternoon as cyclists complete their rides. The Biggest Band in the Land will play beginning at 3 p.m. Riders are invited to enjoy the concert and visit the shops and attractions in downtown Americus. There will be drawings for door prizes, including $50 in Downtown Dollars which can be spent at participating merchants in Americus.

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.

In addition to the Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure, events are scheduled in Plains and Andersonville the same weekend. Plains will be hosting the first Plains Chautauqua May 2-4 featuring guided tours, informational sessions and keynote speaker President Jimmy Carter. For more information, visit Plains Chautauqua.

The Carter Boyhood Farm will host an Old Time Farm Day on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This event is free to the public. Demonstrations will include plowing with mules, blacksmithing, and peanut boiling. Earl Carter's Country Store will be open and you may purchase items from the store. Postcards will be available and a representative from the Plains Post Office will be on hand to stamp and postmark your card.

Andersonville National Historic Site will be observing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War prison. Click here to learn more about the May 3 program and others scheduled throughout the two-year period marking the anniversary of the prison.

Bring your bicycle, your family and friends, and make plans to stay in Sumter County throughout the weekend and participate in these unique events.

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!


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