Bike tour coming through Quincy

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Bike Florida 2012 Forgotten Coast Tour will start in Tallahassee

By Pat Faherty

One of the more interesting stories to come out of 2011 was the news about the 2012 bike tour.
The 2012 Bike Florida event is scheduled to come through Quincy in late March.
Bike Florida is a week-long bicycle camping tour across the state of Florida with up to 1,000 cyclists participating.
This will be Bike Florida's 19th year and the route, billed as the "Forgotten Coast Tour" begins and ends in Tallahassee.
Stops are planned for Quincy, Wewahitchka, Apalachicola and Sopchoppy.
Event representatives were in Quincy last fall to explain the tour, what the riders will need and how the community will benefit. They are also trying to build public support and awareness.
 "This county is famous for having great places to ride," said Ken Foster, Bike Florida Ride director. He said the event was here before and was in Monticello back in 2005. That ride attracted 400 to 600 cyclists, which is their target for this year's event.
The riders will be arriving in Quincy from Tallahassee on Sunday afternoon, March 25 and spend the night here. They have reserved the city recreation complex for riders and the event will start and end there. Some riders will camp while others will seek out hotels and motels.
 An event with musical entertainment and food is planned for the participants on courthouse square.
"We have a good economic impact on the communities we come into," said Foster. "Riders will spend an average of $30 a day on food and necessities, plus other supplies."
 Tour officials are hoping restaurants other businesses will stay open that Sunday to accommodate the riders.
 Description from the event's website: Bike Florida 2012 Forgotten Coast Tour will start in Tallahassee and loop around the Apalachicola National Forest, with overnight stays in Quincy, Wewahitchka, Apalachicola (two nights) and Sopchoppy before returning to Tallahassee.
Rides will stretch between 40 to 65 miles per day with four 40-mile days, two 55-miles days and one 65-mile day. Some 40-mile days have longer ride options for more fun and Florida adventure.