Tagged Cycling

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Ever wished you could bike your way through Midtown, Little 5 Points, Old Fourth Ward, and Virginia-Highland without fear of being flattened by a speeding SUV? Ever thought it would be even more fun if you could do it in a ridiculous costume while supporting a great cause? Then tomorrow night is your dream come true. The third annual Atlanta Moon Ride is a 6.5-mile bike ride along a route that is closed to motorized traffic and the 100 percent of the proceeds supports Bert’s Big Adventure, a local nonprofit that provides all-expenses-paid trips to Disney World for kids with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.
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In January, Atlantan Tom Opdyke challenged himself to live 31 days in our car-obsessed city without driving. During that period, he biked 207.3 miles, walked 59 miles, and spent 70 hours getting from Sandy Springs to Vine City to Stone Mountain to Peoplestown and everywhere in between. He also learned to navigate MARTA, talked to tons of Atlantans, got hit by a car on his bike (and nearly hit as a pedestrian about two dozen times), and logged the whole experiment on Autoless ATL. For this week’s Friday Five, we talked to Tom about the challenges, lessons, and surprises he encountered during his month-long adventure.
One month away from the wheel… >>

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If you’ve been thinking about doing your first triathlon, now is the time to set your 2015 goals and start formulating a plan. The official triathlon season generally runs between May and September, and you’ll need anywhere from two to nine months of training time, depending on your race distance. To help you make an educated decision about which race you should choose, WellATL tapped Bethany Rutledge, coaching director of the Atlanta Triathlon Club, to breakdown the training, estimate the costs, and recommend nearby races for each type of triathlon.
Which race is right for you? >>

Beltline Westside Trail
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The long-awaited Westside Trail of the BeltLine will finally break ground next Wednesday, and, of course, there’s a party to celebrate. The three-mile Westside Trail (not to be confused with the West End Trail) will run from Washington Park at Lena Avenue in the North to Adair Park at University Avenue in the South, connecting four schools, four parks, and the yet-to-be-finished BeltLine Urban Farm while adding 44 acres of greenspace for Atlantans to enjoy. Videos, maps, and more, this way >>

Atlanta Bike Challenge
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Do you like healthy competition with coworkers? Riding your bike? Fabulous prizes? If you said yes to any of those, the Atlanta Bike Challenge is for you. And let’s face it, there’s never been a better time to take up biking in Atlanta. In the past, riding in the city seemed about as risky as slathering yourself in chum and diving into shark-infested waters — and just about as appealing. But things are changing. The city’s bike infrastructure is growing fast and bike safety along with it. Over the next three years, Atlanta will add 120 miles of bike lanes, multi-use trails, and cycle tracks. That growth is thanks, in part, to PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project, which helps selected cities to install and pay for protected bike lanes, but let’s not underestimate the importance of the BeltLine’s trails, the PATH Foundation’s ever-expanding reach, and an upcoming bike-share program with 500 bikes. Statistically, more cyclists means a higher awareness of bikes on the road, which ultimately leads to a reduction in accidents. The Atlanta Bike Challenge wants to prove how fun and safe biking can be by asking you to ride just 10 minutes a day.

When, where, and what are my prizes? >>

Andrew Johnston
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Atlanta native Andrew Johnston is proof positive that we know how to grow ’em in the south. He has circled the globe as a professional cyclist and is now back home, coaching others at his own studio, Triumph Training. He has written a book (with a second one on the way), starred in a documentary about his journey (Living Is Winning), and twice been named one of the top 100 trainers by Men’s Health. Oh, did we mention he’s also a triathlete AND a leukemia survivor? Ride along as we find out how he does it all. Crazy race stories, real food, and eighties cereal >>