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Bike Ride Will Shut Down GA 400
Bike Ride Will Shut Down GA 400

Bicycles on Georgia 400?  Isn’t that normally illegal?  This coming Sunday, for the third year in a row, Georgia 400 will be shut down so that bicycles can ride in the “Hospitality Highway Century” to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF). It’s your chance to be one of the few folks who can say that they shut down Georgia 400 and did something good for someone else at the same time.

Registered riders will promptly start at 6:30 a.m. from the former Home Depot parking lot in Roswell, at the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd. and Market Blvd., and pedal their way down GA 400 from exit 7 to exit 6. Cyclists will then wind through the cities of Roswell, Sandy Springs, Milton, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, and other scenic areas of north Fulton, Forsyth, and Cherokee counties.  The route includes rest stops, complete with bathrooms, full mechanical support, and a variety of snacks and drinks. Whether it’s the 9-mile “I Did It” ride or the 22-mile, 60-mile, and 100-mile options, this event promises to be filled with fun, excitement, and the opportunity to say, “I closed down 400!”

The start/ finish point is located in the former Home Depot parking lot, next to the Publix, in the Kings Market shopping center, in Roswell. The exact address is: 1425 Market Blvd. Roswell, GA 30076.  All persons involved with the ride - cyclists, fans, volunteers, staff, etc. - should only park their vehicles in the former Home Depot parking lot, NOT in front of Publix. Additional parking will also be available in the former Comp. USA parking lot, located off of Market Blvd., in the same shopping center

Registration opens at 5:15 am.  Only registered cyclists who arrive before 6 am will be able to ride on GA 400 during the specific window of time allotted by the Department of Transportation. Registration is $45, including the day of the event.  Registration includes a t-shirt, food, water, and full mechanical support along the way. The ride is open to anyone 14-years-of- age or older. For details about the ride and to register for the “Hospitality Highway Century,” please visit http://www.400century.com/

Need a place to spend the night so that all you have to do is fall out of bed and get to registration early, early, early?  The host hotel for the event is the Courtyard by Marriott, Roswell.  You can leave your car at the hotel and just pedal a few feet to the start of the race.  Call them at 770-992-7200 to take advantage of their special $59.00 rate for the ride.  But wait, there’s more!  Check out the other Roswell hotels, many located right on Holcomb Bridge where the race starts:  www.visitroswellga.com/lodging.html

Founded in Atlanta in 1992, the Georgia Transplant Foundation is a non-profit organization providing financial, educational, and emotional support to transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and their families throughout the state of Georgia.  GTF is funded through the generosity of the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust, corporations and individuals.  Eighty-four percent of all funds raised directly support Georgia’s organ transplant community.  For more information, please visit http://www.gatransplant.org/

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