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Century Ride returns in September

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce will host its "Dam Century Ride" again on Saturday, Sept. 23. This will be year two of the event, and Chamber of Commerce executive director Michone Roye is excited to see it grow.

"I hope to double what we had last year," she said. "Last year we had 44 riders."

Tallassee hopes to become a part of the Alabama Backroads Series. Representatives will be in town to monitor this year's ride.

"The ride will start at the high school this year. That's one of the slight changes we've made," Roye said. "We will also be reducing the shortest of the rides from 29.3 miles to 18.5 miles. We're tweaking the course a little bit, but it's virtually the same course."

Roye said there is a "buzz" about the Tallassee ride.

"Most of our riders were from outside the tri-county area. We had some from Georgia, South Carolina and Florida."

Riders rode along the Benjamin Fitzpatrick Bridge with Thurlow Dam and the scenic Tallapoosa River beneath it.

"All riders will go over the bridge and back this year," Roye added.

There are three rides to choose from including the 100-mile "Century" that encompasses five counties. The fee is $35 per rider through Aug. 23 and increases to $45 a piece afterward. A portion of proceeds will go to the Learning Tree.

For more information or to compete registration forms, visit the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce website: www.tallasseechamber.com.

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