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Finish Line Fun at BDB 100 Finale Fest
Finish Line Fun at BDB 100 Finale Fest

Cyclists from across the region will participate in the Sixth Annual Big Dam Bridge 100 Cycling Tour of Central Arkansas on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Crossing the longest bridge built specifically for cyclists, runners and walkers, the event is expected to draw about 2,500 riders of all ages from 25 states and throughout Arkansas.

The event offers rides from 15-100 miles. The 100 mile tour includes Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Mayflower, Conway and Perry County, with volunteers staffing aid stations throughout the course. The start line is on LaHarpe in Little Rock and the finish line is on Main Street in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock.  There will be various street closures and delays during the day.

The “Finale Fest”, which is sponsored by the Argenta Arts Foundation, will feature food, drink and entertainment for all participants. The festival will cater to Tour participants and their guests offering special activities, services, foods, entertainment and shopping opportunities that are certain to please the riders their family friends and sightseers.

Riders in the BDB 100 Bicycle Tour will have access to end-of-race benefits in the Rider Service Area. The Rider Number issued at registration is the pass to these free services in the Rider Service Area:

Services offered include Bike Repair Service, Bag Check, Bike Check, Spray Down, Changing Tents, Free Massage Therapy, and Live Entertainment by Fire & Brimstone, Swingshift Band, and Rockasaurus.

Food, water, and snacks will be available for free to all riders at the Rider Services Area. Additional foods will be available at the restaurants located throughout the festival area. Check out the lunch specials available at: Argenta Market, Starving Artist Café, Cornerstone Pub and Grill, Reno’s Argenta Café, The Joint, and Cregeens’ Irish Pub. The Argenta Market will be open and ready to serve delicious breakfast at 7AM and the lunch menu is available all afternoon. Be sure to check out BDB Rider Dining Specials at all Argenta Bars and Restaurants.

The Argenta Farmers Market will also be open during the event until noon.

Free parking for the festival is available at 4th and Poplar Streets. For more info visit www.thebigdambridge100.com

Proceeds will benefit the Big Dam Bridge Foundation, which promotes the use, support and preservation of the Big Dam Bridge for the advancement of health, fitness, cultural and recreational activities in Central Arkansas.

“This year’s event is building on the success of past years, and bringing more people to enjoy the beauty of Central Arkansas in the Fall”, said Fred Phillips, Event Director.  ”In addition, we will be using the new southwest ramp onto the bridge on the Little Rock side.”

Major sponsors of this year’s event include Coulson Oil, Garver Engineering, Heart of Arkansas Travel Association and the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Registration is available on-line until 11 pm on September 26, 2012.   On-Site registration and packet pick up will be at the Wyndham Hotel September 27-28, 2012.   For registration and information, go to www.bigdambridge100.com.