Wheels to Heal Bike Ride
Participants will come from all over the Southeast for the 2011 Celebrity Classic “Wheels to Heal” bike ride, which will be held this year on May 2. This year promises to be even bigger and more exciting than last year’s. Once again the event will offer a choice of different routes.
The shorter routes will be held along the Columbus Riverwalk and will begin and end at Rotary Park, where participants will be greeted with food and fun.
All routes will begin and end at Rotary Park along the beautiful Chattahoochee Riverwalk and wind south through historic Fort Benning, home of the Airborne Rangers and 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 new Infantry Museum and from here they will ride deeper onto Ft. 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 the 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 miles back to Rotary Park where guest can wander over to the National Civil War Museum, the Coca Cola Space Science Center or the Uptown Historic area.