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Hills of Habersham Ride 2012
 

When I walked out the door with my bike, it was pretty cold and looking up at the sky, I thought for sure that it was going to rain. I was fortunate that Joe E. had enough room for my bike in his car. Thanks Joe! We got to the Ruby Fullbright Aquatic Center right at 8AM and there were already a good number of riders in the parking lot.

The Chamber of Commerce was on hand to check in riders, pass out T-shirts and route maps and answer any last-minute questions we might have about the ride. I walked around and spoke with riders to see where they were from. I ran into a married couple from Athens, a couple of riders from Gainesville and of course, a number of local participants as well. The youngest rider I saw was about 14 years old, the oldest in his late 60s. In all, there were about 60 riders or so.

There are three distances available for the Hills of Habersham ride; 23 miles, 44 miles and a metric century (62.5 miles). All riders start by riding the 23 mile route. This route starts at the aquatic center, winds its way around to Dicks Hill Parkway with a SAG stop at Ebenezer Baptist Church (10 mile stop), continues up Dicks Hill Parkway to Tommy Irvin Parkway and terminates back at the starting point (the aquatic center). For those riders who are stronger, they continue on.

The scenery was just beautiful and the weather was absolutely perfect. Just as the race got under way (9:30 AM), the sun came out from behind the clouds and took away the morning chill. Of course, pedaling up some decent inclines helped warm us up too! I was under the impression that the first 20 miles were relatively flat, but that definitely wasn't the case. The rolling hills were challenging and by mile 10, I was feeling tired. The kind folks at Ebenezer Baptist Church provided drinks, cookies, fresh fruit and bathrooms for us. Thank you all! From there, I took it easy and rode back to the aquatic center at a leisurely pace. It was a great day for a bike ride!

Thanks to Joe Elam from Habersham Bicycles, the Chamber of Commerce, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and all the other sponsors and volunteers who helped make the event a success. This is the third year of the event. It has grown in size every year. I'm already looking forward to next year's ride.

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