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Big Dam Bridge 100 cycling tour to bring 3,000 to central Arkansas
Big Dam Bridge 100 cycling tour to bring 3,000 to central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 22, 2014) —Cyclists from across the nation will participate in the Ninth Annual Big Dam Bridge 100 Cycling Tour of Central Arkansas on Saturday, September 27. Crossing the longest bridge built specifically for cyclists, runners and walkers, the event is expected to draw about 3,000 riders of all ages from 30 states and throughout Arkansas.

The event offers rides from 13-100 miles. The 100 mile tour includes Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski and Perry Counties, with volunteers staffing aid stations throughout the ride. The start line is on La Harpe in Little Rock with riders starting at 7:00 am and 7:30 am. The finish line is on Main Street in North Little Rock.

The "Finale Fest", which is sponsored by the Argenta Arts Council, will feature food, drink and entertainment for participants and spectators. Proceeds 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. The Foundation's latest project, "The Pit Stop Pavilion" is using funds from past events to start the fundraising process for restrooms on the Little Rock side of the Big Dam Bridge.

Major sponsors of this year's event include Riverside Subaru, Chainwheel, Arvest, KTHV Channel 11, Arkansas Democrat Gazette/Sync, Arkansas Blue Cross, Garver, Ace Glass, Heart of Arkansas Travel Association and the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Big Dam Bridge 100 has a two new events— The "Corporate Cup" and "Rice and Ride". The Arkansas Rice Council and Edwards Food Giant are sponsoring a rice "carbo load" dinner at the River Market Pavilions. The menu features chicken and rice, gumbo and side dishes. Tickets are on sale at bigdambridge100.com or will be available for $25 at packet pick up".

Unite Private Networks is sponsoring the Corporate Cup, which gives businesses the chance to compete against one another for the "Corporate Cup", which will be awarded to the team with the best time.

"In 2014 for the first time we have overlapping routes, said Fred Phillips, Director". A rider can decide on the course whether to ride 50, 68 or 100 miles, depending on a variety of factors". This has been a challenge for several years, but once the Two Rivers Bridge opened, this put most of the ride on the south side of the River and gave us the opportunity to use more of Pulaski County and Perry Counties."

Registration is available on-line until 8 pm on September 24, 2014. On-Site registration and packet pick-up will be at Statehouse Convention Center, Hall 4, September 25-26, 2014. For more information, go to www.bigdambridge100.com.

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