Ann Hortman with the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau and organizer of the race said 35 competitors from around
the nation and world will compete in this weekend’s events.
“This race is more focused on the awareness of the incredibly talented athletes with a disability and beyond,” she said.
The race is divided into four stages that continues through the weekend.
This morning’s two-mile race will start on Fouche Gap Road and finish at Lavender Trail.
Stage Two, which begins at 6 p.m., will be the most exciting part of the race, where there will be 30 minutes of racing in the Downtown Criterium that starts at Rome Transit Station fountain on East First Street. The evening events also include the Playtona 500 “parade” and adult tricycle races that begin at 5 p.m.
Stage Three will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a 36-mile road race with the start and finish line at the Wildwood Cove entrance to Rocky Mountain Recreation Area.
The final stage of the event will be a 6-mile individual time trial on Technology Parkway on Sunday at 10 a.m.
All riders will represent charities, which will benefit from the event.
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Hand cycling schedule FRIDAY
10 a.m. — A 2-mile climb up Lavender Mountain
4 p.m. — SafeKids Bicycle Rodeo, Alex’s Lemonade Stand for childhood cancer research, All About Fun Inflatables, and Sponsor Tents (Coosa Valley Credit Union, Harbin Clinic, Harvest Moon) in the Rome Transit Department annex lot on East First Street behind Harvest Moon
5 p.m. — Playtona 500 “parade” and adult tricycle races begin
5:30 p.m. — Warm-ups
6 p.m. — Colors presented by the Redmond Regional Color Guard; National Anthem performed by Trey Smagur, a junior vocal performance major at Shorter College
6 p.m. — Downtown Criterium: 30 minutes of racing
6:45 p.m. — Awards
10 a.m. — 36-mile road race in scenic Texas Valley, staging from the Wildwood Cove area of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Area
10 a.m. — 6-mile individual time trial on Technology Parkway
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