ATL Airport District Gears Up for Second Round of “Spin the District”
Round two is a Gran Fondo memorial ride for UGA Professor Karen L. Tinsley – in Union City on Sunday, October 21
ATLANTA (Thursday, September 13, 2018) – ATL Airport District – the official convention and visitors bureau for the cities of College Park, East Point, Hapeville and Union City, Ga. – is counting down the days until welcoming cycling enthusiasts and spectators alike to Spin the District, the area’s first multi-faceted cycling experience that will transform the city streets into a premier cycling destination in Georgia and across the Southeast. Spin the District will offer entertainment for both spectators and cyclists during two separate events. Round two is a Gran Fondo memorial ride for UGA Professor Karen L. Tinsley – in Union City on Sunday, October 21. ATL Airport District is also excited to announce its inaugural HandleBar Crawl, a celebration of the District’s culinary talent and community, throughout Spin the District.
“We’re thrilled to introduce Spin the District to our community, visitors and cyclists this fall,” said Cookie Smoak, president of ATL Airport District. “This cycling experience will not only celebrate the cities of College Park, East Point, Hapeville and Union City, but also shed light on the District as an emerging cycling destination and future home to one of the largest urban mountain biking trail systems in the U.S.”
Union City Gran Fondo | Sunday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The cycling fun doesn’t stop after the three-day weekend in September! Spin the District will continue with a bonus Gran Fondo (Italian for “big ride”) on Sunday, October 21. Beginning at 9 a.m., the final event will start in Union City, traveling roads and optional gravel paths through scenic Chattahoochee Hills and Serenbe. The scenic ride through South Fulton will be reminiscent of the Gran Fondo’s Italian roots, celebrating the beginning of autumn with views of Georgia’s rolling hills. Costs to ride the event range from $20 to $40, with the option to choose from 10, 30, 60 or 100-mile road options, or a 60 or 100-mile mixed gravel and road option for those up to the challenge. The race will conclude back in Union City, with a barbecue celebration featuring live music, food trucks and a bicycling stunt show. The music, food and activities will begin at 11 a.m. The Gran Fondo will honor Karen Tinsley, a beloved University of Georgia professor and avid cyclist who passed away in a bicycle-vehicle accident last April.
Each Spin the District event is centrally located within the Atlanta Airport District and will in time, intersect with a series of hiking and biking natural surface trails as a part of MTB Atlanta’s Ride and Fly initiative, beginning with East Point and College Park. Along with a series of paved bicycle paths, the goal is to create an extensive network of trails that will be seamlessly integrated in the heart of three populated downtown centers and 19 different schools throughout the Metro Atlanta area. As these trails expand and intersect, MTB Atlanta hopes to promote ecotourism, entertainment and community bonding within the Perimeter.
For more information on Atlanta Airport District'a inaugural Union City Gran Fondo, please go to: https://spinthedistrict.com/union-city-gravel-gran-fondo
About ATL Airport District:
ATL Airport District is the official convention & visitors bureau for the cities of College Park, East Point, Hapeville and Union City, Ga. The mission of ATL Airport District is to generate economic development for the cities of College Park, East Point, Hapeville, and Union City by effectively marketing the community as a preferred tourism, convention and meeting destination. For more information, please visit www.ATLdistrict.com.