30th Annual Ride With The King.
The 30th annual is no joke. This is one not to miss.
Ride for Free and Free Jelly Donuts!
Believed to be the longest running and largest ELVIS'S BIRTHDAY RIDE in the world.
Three courses: 50, 35 or 18 miles.
Pavement surface is mixed: some rough county roads, some excellent state asphalt.
Automobile traffic is light. There will be dogs!
Jelly donuts for all.
Wear helmets, please!
Doug Mote, the original ride organizer, writes in 2008: Elvis’ Birthday Ride began in 1989, when Scot Angus, Ron Cole, Glenn Kersey, Doug Mote and Pat Murphy were looking for a reason to ride on the first weekend of the new year. We declared a ride for that Sunday afternoon. The ride needed a name. It has always troubled the rest of us, that Glenn knew that Elvis’ birthday was that weekend. The name stuck.
The first year had the smallest number of riders: the five named above. Three times we have had 90 riders: 2005, 2008 & 2014. Five out of the last six years we have had sunny and very warm weather. But, take note: THIS RIDE GOES NO MATTER THE WEATHER CONDITIONS! In 1996, only the ride leader showed…there was three inches of snow on the ground. In 2002, there was rain until ride time and the temperatures never went over 43 degrees.
The 15 mile course follows the green Elvis guitars.
Circles the courthouse and heads west on GA HWY 109. A designated ride leader will lead the group away from the courthouse. The 15 mile course leaves town, does a 12.2 mile loop, way out in the country, and heads back to town. 15 milers will encounter serious dogs at 11.9 miles, near the top of a hill.
The 35 and the 50 mile courses follow the white Elvis guitars. The 35 and 50 will leave the courthouse traveling north on GA HWY 100. Ride leaders will be designated to lead the groups away from the courthouse. The first 5 miles will have light but fast auto traffic. Turning left at the Brown Jug you will be in the country for the next 8 miles. At mile 7.2 you will encounter some serious dogs on the left!
Again, when all courses come back into town, there are no course markers. Find your way around the courthouse back to the cars.
HAVE FUN! LONG LIVE THE KING!
Review the directions ahead of time. The King is not known for proof reading.