The 25 Mile Ride may seem intimidating to people who are not cyclists, but Paceline's 25 Mile Ride is designed for exactly those folks! Remember, this is not an event for just cyclists; Paceline is an event for people who want to challenge themselves to raise funds for cancer research. The 25 Mile Ride is perfect for the beginner rider, with little climbing, support vehicles and rest stops.
The 45 Mile Ride is recommended for moderately experienced riders. This route is perfect for the intermediate rider with moderate climbing, SAG vehicle support, and rest stops.
The 100 Mile Ride is recommended for experienced riders. There is relatively moderate climbing, SAG vehicle support, and rest stops along the route.
The 25 Mile Ride will depart from Harlem, GA Saturday morning between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The 45 Mile and 100 Mile Ride will depart from Augusta early Saturday morning between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
All Riders will ride through iconic and historic parts of Thomson, with both routes finishing in a huge celebration in downtown Thomson. With celebratory food, drinks, and live music, the city of Thomson welcomes you with their southern hospitality to celebrate your accomplishment, so be sure to invite your friends and family to the Thomson Finish celebration.
Stats and maps for routes to come soon!
What Kind of Bike Do I Need for the 25 Mile Ride?
Naturally, you will need a bike to participate in Paceline, but it doesn't have to be an expensive road bike. It’s more important to have a comfortable and safe, working bike for the 25-mile route, so any hybrid, comfort, mountain or road bike will get the job done. Riders are less likely to have mechanical issues for the shorter distances, but having a tune-up ahead of the event is highly recommended. Many Riders also overlook having a bike that is set up well for their body, so we recommend stopping by a local bike shop to ensure it’s fitted to you correctly. For the 25 Mile Ride, Riders should expect to be riding anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on skill level. Again, this is not a race and all Riders are equally winners, so take your time and enjoy the experience.
What Kind of Bike Do I Need for the 45 Mile Ride?
As your duration and distance get longer, you will be more concerned with your equipment’s performance and your own comfort. You don’t need a pro-level bike to enjoy your ride; however, a road bike will be lighter weight and more efficient than a hybrid or comfort bike for linger distances. That being said, any type of bike is permitted for the 45 Mile Ride. You should expect to be riding for 3-4 hours depending on skill level and time spent at our awesome rest stops. For the 45 Mile Ride, you may also want to consider clothing like cycling shorts and gloves to be comfortable throughout the ride.
What Kind of Bike Do I Need for the 100 Mile Ride?
Investing in a road bike may be worth your while for this distance. A higher end bike is typically lighter in weight and will help complete this distance. You definitely will want to train ahead of time to be able to comfortably complete this distance. Otherwise, you will be sore, uncomfortable and won’t enjoy your Paceline ride! Also, the longer you are riding, the more likely the weather will change throughout your trip. Rain and cooler temperatures can make riding more challenging so we recommend being prepared for anything!
Welcome to Thomson, GA Paceliners!
Thomson, in McDuffie County, is a quintessential Southern town, a short drive from Augusta, Atlanta and Athens. The historic downtown has a number of funky antique stores and restaurants. With so much to do and places to stay, Thomson, GA is the perfect finish for your Paceline Ride. For more information of things to do and places to stay, please visit their website.