Today is Sunday, July 23, 2017

Big Hill bike ride challenge returns

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Favored by most intermediate and experienced cyclists, the 64-mile route takes you up and around Center Hill Lake and down past the dam. Two rest stops on the route and lunch at the finish make this ride time well spent.

Truly adventurous cyclists can take on the 100-mile ride and prove their mettle on some of the best climbs that the area has to offer. Big Hill offers a climb and descent that bring cyclists back year after year. But that's not all the climbing on this route, so be prepared to be challenged, at least between the three rest stops and a well-deserved lunch.

All rides will be fully supported by professional bicycle mechanics and rolling support and gear teams. Numerous rest stops will be positioned along all routes to keep riders fueled and hydrated. All pre-registered riders will receive a commemorative T-shirt and event packet. After the ride, participants are invited to enjoy a hearty pasta dinner while relaxing with fellow cyclists in beautiful downtown Watertown, the spokesperson added.

This annual event is quickly becoming a favorite among Middle Tennessee bicyclists, as it offers both a great ride experience and excellent preparation for other early-season rides. The ride will be capped at 500 participants.

Sign-in begins at 6 a.m. at Watertown High School, located at 515 West Main Street. All rides begin at 7 a.m. at the Town Square. Advance registration through June 10 is $25; June 11 to day of registration is $30. To register or for more information, go to

Veloteers Bicycle Club is a non-profit bicycling club in Middle Tennessee. The club offers a full ride calendar from March through October. In addition to regular rides, the club, along with Historic Watertown, produces the acclaimed Big Hill Challenge each June. The mission of the club is to promote interest, educate, and encourage fun and safe participation in bicycling of all forms.

Historic Watertown, Inc. is comprised of people who celebrate Watertowns history and encourage the growth and economic development of this great community. They are dedicated to collecting and preserving the material culture and genealogy that illustrates the story of Watertown and of her people.

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