Wheels to Heal Bike Challenge
The 2014 Celebrity Classic Wheels to Heal Bike Ride will be held Sunday, April 27, along the Columbus RiverWalk and gives riders a variety of routes from which to chose. The longer routes wind through Fort Benning, home of the U.S. Army Infantry School and U.S. Army Armor School, and pass the site of the National Infantry Museum. This ride attracts participants from all over the southeast and promises to be even bigger this year.
The shorter routes will be held along the Columbus RiverWalk and will begin and end in Uptown Columbus on Broadway, where participants will be greeted with food and fun.
The longer routes will begin at the Columbus Civic Center along the Chattahoochee RiverWalk and wind south through Fort Benning, recognized as the “Best Army Installation in the World.” As riders make their way through Ft. Benning they will have the chance to see the site of the National Infantry Museum and from here they will ride deeper onto Fort Benning. If the longer routes are chosen, riders will get a taste of the roads often used in the Georgia State Road Race as they tackle the piney-wooded roads of the Home of the Infantry!
Upon reaching the entrance gate to Fort Benning and the southern end of the RiverWalk, those interested in military history can take a short detour south onto Fort Benning. The main post offers outdoor exhibits of theNational Infantry Museum, the Ranger Memorial, Sacrifice Field, Victory Pond and Historic Riverside, the former plantation home that now serves as the Post Commander’s residence. Riders also can take a leisurely tour under the stately oaks that shadow other historic points of interest.
As the riders leave Fort Benning, the routes will merge again on the RiverWalk at Oxbow Meadows, an environmental studies center at the southern end of the Columbus Riverwalk. Routes will continue along the Chattahoochee River for the final eight miles to the Columbus Civic Center where guest can wander over to the National Civil War Museum, the Coca Cola Space Science Center or the Uptown Historic area.
To register for the Ride, click here.