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Youth Cycling Team to Ride 700-Mile Path to Freedom Tour Through Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
On July 11, a team of middle school to college-aged students from Georgia and North Carolina set out on a two-week bicycle ride that includes a tour of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, a national heritage area that passes through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The team aims to celebrate the region’s defining culture and to support the economy of its South Atlantic coastal residents.
For the next two weeks a pair of youth bicyclists organizations will tour the National Park Service Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor that stretches from Wilmington to Jacksonville, Fla. The tour’s name, “Da Paat to Freedum,” is a Gullah dialect spelling for the standard English “The Path To Freedom.“ The ride focuses on culture, environment and the healthy living practices realized through biking and fellowshipping with different communities.
In the spring Triangle Bikeworks was approached about putting together a youth cyclocross team. At the time we had no idea what exactly cyclocross racing was and what it entailed. We were mainly excited by the possibility of finding another avenue to get youth on bikes and outdoors.
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