George Hincapie has left another mark on the City of Greenville. Under beautiful blue skies, the Tour de France stage winner and Greenville resident lead dozens of cyclists for a ride along the newly dedicated Hincapie Path.
The Hincapie Path is part of the Swamp Rabbit Trail which many hope will someday run from Conestee to Travelers Rest. The section of the trail bearing his name stretches from Woodland Way in Greenville’s Cleveland Park to East Faris Road near Greenville First Baptist.
Greenville mayor, Knox White, began the event explaining some of the vision for trail. George Hincapie said a few well received words following the unveiling of a trail sign bearing the name “Hincapie Path.” The Hincapie family then joined him and city officials to cut the ribbon to officially open the path.
Those attending with bikes then had the opportunity to ride the path with George. The ride included a loop through some Greenville streets before returning to Cleveland Park. Following the short ceremonial ride, George headed off on a ride with friends including fellow Columbia rider, Craig Lewis.
Many members of the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer riders were there to support this great addition to an active Greenville community. These riders recently returned from a week long cycling trip to Austin, Texas to participate in the LiveStrong Challenge.
Check out the pictures from The Greenville News at GreenvilleOnline.com.
I just realized yesterday that I passed the 2000 mile mark on my bike since August 2006. I’m sure by August of this year, I’ll be at 3000.
I also realized yesterday as I rode over Paris Mountain that I am never going to the guy who is always at the front of the pack. Maybe 10 years ago I could have been a hammerhead, but at almost 40, I just don’t think I’ll ever be a fast rider — or a machine of a climber. Of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t try!
This morning I got up and joined Mayor Knox White for the Bike2Work ride. More than 60 riders joined up (some I recognized, some I didn’t) at Hincapie Sportswear to take a ride along some of the new features added to Greenville to help make it more bike friendly.
The Rail to Trail project is one of the most interesting. The idea is to create an 18 mile plus trail system build on an old railroad right of way. It will allow people to run, walk or ride from Greenville Tech all the way to Travelers Rest. Of course, I would be interested in seeing how many riders actually would use it. Personally, I think many of them would still ride the roads.
Over 60 riders met at Hincapie Sportswear around 7:30.
Mayor White talked about adding bike friendly features to the city such as this bike lane.
We ended up at the Piazza Bergamo.
The city is also seeking the designation of Bicycle Friendly Community (.pdf). This only makes sense for a city that hosts the USA Pro Cycling Championship and is setting itself up as the bicycle capitol east of the Mississippi. Hope it happens soon.