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Cycling: EXPLORATORY Piedmont Park to Palisades Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Bike
Event Location: Piedmont Park at Monroe Drive Entrance   Bike: Cycling: EXPLORATORY Piedmont Park to Palisades Loop  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 19 2020  10:00 am >> Sun, Jan 19 2020 1:30 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Jan 12 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 18 2020 8:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:28 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Bridge View at Rottenwood Creek

It might be January, but we’re in Georgia!  Anyone up for cycling 28+/- hilly miles through the diverse and beautiful scenery of Atlanta?   We will spin through midtown's city streets, along meandering streams underneath interstate overpasses, past shady river views along the Chattahoochee, and into some of the hilly neighborhoods (mostly) inside the perimeter.   

The ride begins at Piedmont Park, winds through Ansley Park toward Peachtree Street, then follows Peachtree Creek behind Bobby Jones golf course and traverses neighborhood streets until we reach the Chattahoochee river at West Palisades.  From there, we cycle on paved trails along Rottenwood Creek, which is beautiful despite the unfortunate name, before continuing past Cochran Shoals and Powers Island toward the opposite side of the Chattahoochee at East Palisades and heading back toward Piedmont Park.  It takes about 3 hours for the ride, including a couple of scenic stops along the way.

This is not a casual ride.  If challenging hills are the highlight of your ride, you will love this one!   For those of you who ride the Big Creek Greenway on Tuesday evenings, think quadzilla hills with killer scenery!!!

We will be biking on both paved trails and paved streets.  Although there isn’t a lot of traffic during the early weekend mornings, you must be comfortable with biking on streets alongside cars and city traffic.  We will be moving at a moderate pace, and average about 12 mph, excluding stops and photos shots.  We expect to be finished by 1:30 PM.  If you sign up, please allow flexibility with finishing time.


 - Important Notes -


1. For safety, helmet required to be worn during this event.  No helmet = No bike ride, bye, bye

2. Wear light or bright colored clothing and working lights on both front and back of your bike for visibility.

3. Bring a spare inner tube & repair kit in case you get a flat.

4. We recommend bike or helmet mounted mirror since we’ll be riding on the streets.

5. This is a 'no drop ride', so no one will be left behind, but you are expected to keep up with the group. 

6. Itinerary is subject to change and event finish time is a rough estimate.

7. Have your cell phone with you and 'on' during the ride for emergencies, flats, gps map and location, communication with trip leaders, etc. 

8. Carry the trip leader(s) phone number with you.

9. If you're a Garmin user, please join our 'Atlanta Outdoor Club (AOC) Garmin Users' group to connect with other AOC Garmin users and track your activity.  Join us at:


Required Items to Bring:

-Bicycle helmet

-Cell phone so you can contact us or we can contact you during the ride for emergencies, bike flats, repairs, etc. 

-There is water and bathroom along the route but may not be where you want them so we suggest bringing your own water or Gatorade.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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-Water or Gatorade (Very important to stay hydrated)

-Bike front and back light

-Bright clothing or reflective vest  (You want to be seen by drivers)

-Bike horn


-Spare tire tube & repair kit

-Portable bike pump or CO2 cartridge

-Camera / Cell Phone

-Extra money for Uber, if needed

-Whistle (To signal others for emergencies, bike breakdowns, flats, etc.)

-Bike chain & lock

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at Piedmont Park at the Piedmont Park Trail entrance off of Monroe Drive.  The entrance is at a pedestrian crosswalk on Monroe Drive between Cumberland and Yorkshire Roads.  Use 1515 Monroe Dr NE to pull it up on Google Maps or Waze.  Cumberland and Yorkshire are both good streets to use for free parking, just pay attention to the No Parking signs. 

Parking for Piedmont Park Monroe Drive entrance


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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Please review the AOC cancellation policy.