February 7, 2006
Albany - The sport of cycling will finally pedal its way through South Georgia.
The Downtown Albany Association and Thronateeska Heritage Center announced Tuesday mroning Albany will host the first race race in the prestigious Georgia Cup cycling race.
The Beauchamp Bike Race weekend will be held during the city's annual Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25-26.
The event starts in downtown Albany on Saturday with a prologue or time trial in the morning and a criterium or closed course race in the afternoon.
There will also be a kids race on Saturday afternoon.
The two day event concludes with a road race on Sunday in Lee County.
In the past, races like the Georgia Cup and Tour de Georgia have bypassed this area which is why local cycling enthusiasts believe this race will show the hundreds of riders who will be coming to Albany that the terrain in south Georgia is more challenging than one may think.
Chip Battle of the Pecan City Pedaler said "When the organizer for the Georgia Cup came to ride with us just a few ago. And the wind was blowing hard here and it always blows hard here. Our finish to the road race is like about two miles slightly uphill. And so we were riding 12 miles into the wind and then an uphill finish and he said it was most grueling finish he had ever done."
Palmyra Medical Center, Georgia Power and South Georgia Cycling are also sponsoring the the Georgia Cup Beauchamp Bike Race on February 25-26.