More than 75 cyclists saddled up for a two-wheeled tour through downtown Douglasville during Pedal for your Palate, a charity bike ride that took place on Saturday, Oct. 19 supporting The Pantry, a Douglasville based ministry providing canned goods and other food items to local families and individuals in need. Cyclists of all levels, including Mayor Harvey Pearsons – who not only welcomed riders but rode the five mile course.
Cyclists chose from three different routes including a 5, 25 and 62-mile option, providing a family-friendly opportunity to “pedal” at your own pace while touring downtown Douglasville’s scenic historic district.
Ride Marshals were a new edition to the 2013 event and wore the commemorative signature event jersey while assisting riders with any bike or navigation issues. Police officers led each ride, 5-mile, 25-mile and 62-mile, and support vehicles trailed riders in the event assistance was needed or in case of an emergency.
Cyclists had plenty of opportunities to replenish with four water and snack stops, which also served as refueling stations and were manned by staff and volunteers, along the three routes.
The Pantry, this year’s event beneficiary, will receive a portion of all registration fees and also the food collected from riders on the day of the event.