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Paris Landing Tourism League hosting innaugural Bike Event this Weekend

 

Paris Landing Tourism LeagueParis Landing, TN“Come Play With Us” is the motto of the Paris Landing Tourism League, and Sara Jo Sutherland, president, has planned a big event to encourage a whole new group of folks to discover all the recreational opportunities of our community.

The Tour de Paris Landing, a bicycle road race planned for August 10th and 11th, will feature a 45 mile competition on Saturday, an 85 mile trek on Sunday and will cover Henry and Stewart Counties.

Tour de Paris Landing Tennessee

Lane closures (none scheduled to exceed ten minutes) should be expected on Saturday and Sunday.  Each day’s event begins at 8:00am and will be concluded by 10:30am on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Finish line supporters are encouraged to be at the park by 11:00am.

Awards will be presented at 3:00pm on Sunday at the Paris Landing State Park amphitheater.

Nine 5 – 9 person teams, from Georgia, Colorado, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, are confirmed. They will be accompanied by family members, mechanics and supporters.  Almost 100 other local and regional cyclists will be joining the competition.

Everyone is invited to cheer on the competitors on Sunday, anywhere along the route that is safe. Food vendors will be at Paris Landing State Park, along with entertainment, the group Q&A, at the amphitheater, from 11:00am to 5:00pm.  Spectators are welcome at the park and may use the parking lots at JR Hayes Construction, Promise Land Christian Book Store, DMT Furniture and Matt’s Pub.

A kids zone jumper will be sponsored by McDonald’s and various outdoor activities by the Paris Landing State Park. Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to allow kids to explore the fire trucks and learn fire safety.

Local sponsors are Foundation Bank, Joe Mahan Ford, Lakeview Grocery, Lakeview Grill, Paris Landing Motel, Pepsi, Dexter Advertising, Griffey Clinic, West Tennessee Chiropractic, McDonald’s of Paris, Moody Realty, Joe & Jerry’s and Matt’s Pub.

Event support will be provided by HCMC ambulance service, Henry County Sheriff’s office, Stewart County Sheriff’s office, City of Dover, City of Paris and the Henry County  Alliance.

USA Cycling will sanction Tour de Paris Landing. It is comprised of over 2,500 clubs and teams; and 70,800 licensees which include officials, coaches, mechanics, race directors, and competitive cyclists of all ages and abilities across all five disciplines of the sport. (The five disciplines of bicycling are road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross.)

Brent Greer, Henry County Mayor and chairman of the Henry County Alliance, said “TRRA was a major funding entity for this event. It is part of our overall mission to bring a diversified tourism economy to Henry County.”

The Saturday road race will be on a 45 mile loop. The course map can be found at this link.

The Sunday road race will be an 86.3 mile race taking part of Saturdays course, and extending it across Kentucky Lake. The course map for Sunday can be found at this link.

Map of Saturday’s Road Race Course

Saturday's Road Race Course. (Google Maps)

Saturday’s Road Race Course. (Google Maps)

Map of Sunday’s  Road Race Course

Sunday's Road Race Course. (Google Maps)

Sunday’s Road Race Course. (Google Maps)


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