Cyclists are invited to explore rural Columbia County near Oliver Hardy's birthplace at the Hardy Hundred 2010.
The 16th annual bicycle ride, put on by the Rotary Club of Columbia County West, is open to cyclists of all ages, though experience is recommended.
"There's really a ride for everyone," said David Titus, event administrator. "It is not a race, though some riders will be timing themselves. It is just a nice, rural ride."
The ride starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Harlem High School.
The route includes two 30-mile loops and a 40-mile loop. Riders can opt to ride one, two or all three loops, Titus said.
"It is very similar to last year," Titus said. "There will be a little change in scenery. ... It is mostly for adults and teens. It is rather rigorous."
Titus said the ride usually attracts about 200 cyclists, many from out of town.
An entry fee of $30 for adults and $15 per child covers the ride, SAG wagons for rider assistance, rest stops with drinks and snacks, followed by a meal and T-shirts as available.
Participants can register in advance or the morning of the ride. Those registering the morning of the event should arrive by about 7:30, Titus said.
All riders must wear helmets.
The ride is the main fundraiser for the Rotary Club's Johns Award, named after former Grovetown Elementary School principal Otis Johns. It is presented to two students, fifth- through eighth-graders, at all Columbia County elementary and middle schools, Titus said.
"It recognizes middle school and elementary school good-citizenship students," Titus said. "It is not just for Rhodes scholars. It is for good all-around kids that are giving it a good try."
For information about the Hardy Hundred ride or to register, visit www.active.com.
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