Southern Highlands Bike Race

Hello Ball Ground:

This weekend is the big race! The Tour of the Southern Highlands will return to Ball Ground for a two-day racing event.

Saturday morning from 8:00 am-Noon – the racers will have their time trails. Racers will depart from City Hall every 30 seconds, heading south on Valley Street – and turning around just north of the pharmacy and returning to City Hall. To access Ball Ground Pharmacy please use Howell Bridge East.

Saturday afternoon Racers will use a course – leaving City Hall on Valley Street, turning west on Depot Street to Old Canton Road. Old Canton Road north to Commerce Lane. Commerce Lane west to Canton Highway. Canton Highway south, thru the traffic light and down to Howell Bridge Road. East on Howell Bridge East, then North on Valley Street. Valley Street will remain closed to thru traffic between Coy M. Holcomb and Depot Street. Other streets will remain open, but please be on the lookout for Cyclists as they will be on the course all afternoon. Police vehicles will be very visible on the race route.

On Sunday beginning at 8:00 am Valley Street will again be closed. The race route will be north on Valley Street, West on Depot, North on Old Canton, West on A.W. Roberts, North on Canton Hwy then west on Mineral Springs Road. The riders will race a 22-mile course out thru the County – returning to the City on Howell Bridge Road, back to Valley Street and do it again.

Please take the time to come downtown – eat, shop, relax and then take up a good viewing position near the plaza downtown, or near City Hall and enjoy some high-speed bicycle racing.

Please put next Thursday, March 8th, 2018 on your calendar for our monthly meeting of Mayor and Council. The agenda will be up on the website by Friday of this week.

Have a wonderful weekend – and please be aware of cyclists.

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