The 4th annual version of the event began and ended at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum near the Talladega Superspeedway. Near the start of the event, participants rode one lap around the 2.6 mile Superspeedway track.
Roben Duncan, director of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, said the opportunity to ride a bicycle around the famous NASCAR track is a big draw. Most newcomers to today's ride cited it as a major draw, she said.
Riders had various distances options, including a 25-mile, 40-mile and metric century (100 kilometers or 62 miles) routes. After the Superspeedway lap, riders covered the rolling hills in and around Lincoln. Duncan said a prime motivation for the city’s participation is to “showcase” the city. Today's 86 participants came from across Alabama and Georgia, she said.
Today's ride was in memory of Derek Jensen, the Oxford cyclist who died last June after being struck by an automobile in Golden Springs area of Anniston. Mina Jensen, his widow, welcomed the crowd at the start of the race. She said her late husband persisted in both cycling and in life, and she encouraged today's participants to do the same.
Proceeds from the ride’s entry fees will go to Imagination Library, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting childhood literacy.
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