Upstate Forever highlights scenic Hwy. 11 in annual Preservation Ride

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Upstate Forever’s fifth annual Preservation Ride will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Strawberry Hill USA in Chesnee.

The bicycle ride fundraiser seeks to provide cyclists of all levels an opportunity to enjoy scenic routes in Spartanburg County while raising money and awareness for the conservation organization.

Previous Preservation Rides have attracted more than 500 riders, and Upstate Forever said it is looking forward to another successful year. Riders can choose from 20-, 40- and 75-mile routes.

The organization said this year’s routes were selected by experienced cyclists to highlight the rolling horse and farm country of northern Spartanburg County, including the historic Four Columns property and Greenspace of Fairview.

Four Columns is a 120-acre tract along the North Pacolet River. The Greenspace of Fairview, a more than 1,300-acre property that has two miles of frontage on the North Pacolet, will serve as the main rest stop for riders in the 75- and 40-mile routes.

The 75-mile route will also provide riders with an opportunity to scale Skyuka Mountain,

Riders will have the opportunity to compete for prizes by raising money for Upstate Forever through the online fundraising platform CrowdRise.

Participants who raise $125 will receive a Hincapie Sportswear jersey. The top fundraiser will win a new set of Boyd Cycling Rouleur Wheels from Boyd Cycling.

Tap water coolers provided by Spartanburg Water and compost bins will be used to ensure the ride is a waste-free event.

“This ride is aimed to raise awareness of the beauty of scenic Highway 11 and the need to continue to protect its specialness through voluntary conservation agreements,” said Upstate Forever’s Spartanburg Office Director Angela Viney, in a statement. “These permanent agreements add buffers to protect our lakes, rivers and streams while also preserving the spectacular view sheds that bicycle riders enjoy routinely. We’re really excited to host this ride in Spartanburg County to highlight the increasing importance of Upstate Forever’s work in land conservation, air and water quality, and sustainable communities.”

For registration and information, visit upstateforever.org/preservation-ride.

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