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Cycling: Connect the Ponds Circuit (AKA NOT the Ugly Duckling Ride)

The Basics:
Event Type:Bike
Event Location: Piedmont Park at Monroe Drive Entrance   Bike: Cycling:  Connect the Ponds Circuit (AKA NOT the Ugly Duckling Ride)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 2 2020  10:00 am >> Sun, Feb 2 2020 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Jan 26 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 1 2020 8:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:30 Miles
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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:2
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.


Lake Clara Meer at Piedmont Park

Are you ready to ride?  We’re planning to connect the ponds around Atlanta during the winter when we can actually see the water through the trees.  With 30 miles of cycling over the rivers and past the ponds inside Atlanta’s perimeter, we’ll get to see some of the still green, graceful, swan-like sections of our fair city (and hopefully not feel like ugly ducklings when we’ve finished).

From Piedmont Park’s Lake Clara Meer past the necklace of ponds at Winn Park, we’ll cycle past the water feature at the Millennium Gate at Atlantic Station toward the Atlanta City Water Works Reservoirs and Park.  From there, we’ll pass through a section of Berkeley Heights before a great downhill run on DeFoors Ferry.  After crossing both Peachtree and Nancy Creeks, we’ll head back along Peachtree Battle Avenue past Cross Creek Golf Course, Atlanta Memorial Park and around Bobby Jones Golf Course and then head toward the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center where portions of the Hunger Games movies were filmed.  Finally, we’ll swan our way past the Duck Pond in Peachtree Heights and a section of Brookwood Hills before heading back to our starting point.


This is not a casual ride on a greenway.  We will be biking on both paved trails and paved streets, with a few really good hills.  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 14-16 mph, excluding stops and photos shots.  We expect to be finished by 2:00 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. Anyone without recent AOC cycling experience may be contacted to ensure that all cyclists are prepared for the ride.

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.


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 may be 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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Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

-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.