Saturday, September 22, 2012
The 2012 Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach ride begins with two great start sites Saturday. Three safe, scenic routes will carry you from the rolling hills of the Piedmont to the flat lands of the Pee Dee River. Cyclists from both the Monroe, NC and Kershaw, SC start sites will come together for lunch at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. Before leaving, enjoy the beauty of this quiet southern college campus by taking a quick spin through the grounds. Be sure to check out the centerpiece of the college: Davidson Hall.
Head out of Hartsville to begin the final leg of the Saturday ride. You will begin to feel the excitement of your accomplishment when you turn onto the campus of Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. Take a quick right past the Field of Hope and it's on to the finishing straightaway. Turn the final pedal strokes along the tree-lined street flanked with cheering fans to celebrate your arrival. This will truly be an epic finish that you'll never forget.
When you arrive at Francis Marion, enjoy a fun-filled finish line celebration! Relax with a brew from the Beer Garden - each cyclist age 21 and up (bring your ID) will be allowed up to four beers. Treat yourself to a catered meal - if friends and family want to join you, they may purchase meal ticket wristbands at the information tent for $10 for adults / $5 for children ages 12 and under. Groove to the music, chill under your Team Tent or on the grass, and celebrate being half-way to the beach. Then, catch a free shuttle to your Official Bike MS Partner Hotel or camping location!
New for 2012
We are introducing a new Saturday start site in 2012. In addition to the Monroe, NC start site, in 2012 we will offer at fun, festive start at Carolina MotorSports Park in Kershaw, SC. The new Kershaw start site will feature the following:
- FREE overnight camping Friday night
- 75-mile and 100-mile route options
- Friday night Go Kart racing (Fee applies)
- Option to ride on the 2.3 mile professional race track on Friday night
- Saturday start on pit row with the first mile of Bike MS on the professional race track
Saturday Start Sites:
Central Academy of Technology & Arts
600 Brewer Drive
Monroe, NC 28112
Route Distance: 100-mile
Route Difficulty: Challenging
Ride Start Time: 7:30 am Route Closes: 5:00 pm
*NEW for 2012* Carolina Motorsports Park
3662 Kershaw Highway
Route Distance: 75-mile & 100-mile
Route Difficulty: Moderate
Ride Start Time: 7:30am Route Closes: 5:00 pm