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Paris, KY, October 19th, 2013 – 8:00 a.m.
The Paris Main Street Program, along with founding partners Quillin Leather & Tack and the Paris-Bourbon County YMCA, are pleased to present the 1st annual “Tour de Paris” cycling event on Saturday October 19th. This history making event is for anyone with a bicycle, that’s looking for something fun to do on a beautiful autumn Saturday in the Bluegrass. And, there’s plenty to see and do in Downtown Paris without a bicycle!
For the first time, the Paris Pike Corridor will host an escorted bicycle ride, having the left lane closed Northbound and Southbound from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. Extensive resources are available to make sure that cyclists enjoy one of the most beautiful and award winning corridors in the United States as safely as possible, gathering assistance from the Bourbon, Fayette and State law enforcement.
The Tour de Paris ride begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Bourbon County Courthouse and allows cyclists to choose either a distance of 13.4 or 24.2 miles. The course winds through Downtown Paris, down Paris Pike Corridor, turning at either Bedford Acres/Johnson Road (13.4) or the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington (24.2 miles.) Both loop back to the Bourbon County Courthouse. At 10:30, a free family fun ride will begin at the Courthouse and showcase the newly installed bicycle lanes that run throughout Downtown Paris.
Registration for the Tour de Paris is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Registration includes an event cycling shirt, swag bag, and wristband. Showing participating Downtown merchants the Tour wristband will allow you access to a variety of specials all day long. These specials include 15% off purchase at Pleasanton Goods, 20% off inventory and up to 50% off dealer inventory, 10% off non-sale merchandise at Loch Lea Antiques, free coffee beverages at Caffe Marco, free drink with purchase at Lil’s Coffee Place, free admission to the Hopewell Museum and Wallis House Arboretum, and much more.
Maps and informational brochures will be available to all participants upon check-in at the
Courthouse. Before and after the rides, there’s lots of things to check out around the Courthouse too. The engineering firm of H.K Lochner, who designed and spearheaded the Paris Pike Corridor project will have on display the original renderings and models from the project as well as answer questions and discuss the future of bicycle lanes on Paris Pike. Crankworks bicycle shop will be on hand for safety checks and repairs, Bourbon Community Hospital will be offering free blood pressure screenings, Paris Independent Schools will have children’s activities as well as showcase their school garden and healthy initiative projects. For those who want to enjoy the festivities but may not want to “cycle the pike,” swag bags will be available for purchase so that visitors and tourists can also tout the inaugural event with a shirt and enjoy the same discounts and specials with their wristbands.
The Tour de Paris is what Downtown is all about. A Downtown is the heart of the community, the epicenter of unique and diverse small business development, and represents a simpler time.
Paris is consistently touted as one of the most unique, beautiful, clean, and friendly Downtowns in the area, as well as noted for our diverse selections of restaurants, antique and retail stores, historic and community attractions, and array of service businesses. Where else can you have breakfast, get your hair done, pick up a bridal registry gift, drop off your taxes to be done, grab a pair of new boots for date night, rent a movie to occupy the kids, stop in to listen to a bluegrass music jam session, have your teeth cleaned, eyes checked, portfolio discussed, and get the puppy groomed? Downtown Paris of course! And that’s just to name a few of the things you can do without leaving Downtown.
People want to become reacquainted with their Downtowns, if for nothing else other than reminiscence. And then there are newer visitors that want to learn, observe, enjoy and then spread the word. With events like the Tour de Paris, Downtown will continue to grow and benefit all people in and around it. Revitalization, preservation, and restoration aren’t just for old buildings! All proceeds of the Tour go directly back into the Downtown Paris economy. The Paris Main Street Program uses 100% of funds to organize business education seminars, advertising campaigns, all Downtown events, create and offer promotional items and literature to the public and visitors alike, beautification projects and more. Support from the community is vital to the success of its Downtown, and Downtown Paris has several sponsors that consistently aid in the economic growth of this historic district. The Paris Main Street Program thanks the sponsorships of H.K. Lochner Engineering Firm, Bourbon Community Hospital, Reed Valley Orchard, Kentucky Bank, Traditional Bank, Bill T. McConnell Auction House and Real Estate, Cash Express, Crankworks Bicycle Shop, and Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC., Hinkle Contracting and the founding corporate sponsorship of Quillin Leather & Tack and Rooster Brewing Company and community partner Paris-Bourbon YMCA.