24 Hours of Booty Bike Ride for Cancer Research Debuts in Sandy Springs

The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday. A 2.5 mile course will be open for cyclists through the Mount Vernon Woods community from 2 p.m., Saturday to 2 p.m., Sunday.


Sandy Spring seems a natural home for the 24 Hours of Booty bike ride. It’s home to the largest Booty team in the country, Team Pirate Treasure, which has 104 participants in this weekend’s event. Pirate Treasure leader, John Manser has held happy hour events over the last two years to recruit cyclists. They have raised about $67,000 for cancer research, so far this year.

“With the economy, all the Booty rides have been down a little bit,” he said. Last year Pirate Treasure raised more than $77,500.

Manser and both his parents have suffered from cancer. “Basically I’m riding in honor of my parets and it’s a great way to challenge myself,” he said.

A 2.5 mile course will be open for cyclists through the Mount Vernon Woods community from 2 p.m., Saturday to 2 p.m., Sunday.

“Booty” refers to a popular spot for cyclists in Charlotte, N.C., called, The Booty Loop. About 11 years ago, Spencer Leuders, rode the 2.8 mile loop for 24 hours and was inspired to start the fundraising event, which benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

In addition to the Atlanta area and Charlotte, rides are held in Indianapolis and Columbia, M.D. Before Sandy Springs, rides were held in Stone Mountain.  

Jackie Tyson of Peloton Sports, a marketer of the event said City Council members Gabriel Sterling and Dianne Fries were strong advocates for bringing the event to Sandy Springs.

'We're looking forward to it," said Sterling during a September town hall meeting. "We're hoping we can raise maybe half a million dollars. Our location really helps us a lot, [Ga.] 400 and I-285."

Teams and individuals ride in the event. Thirty-eight teams are currently registered.

“Everybody kind of rides at their own pace,” Manser said.

The entrance fee is $65 with a minimum of $200 in fundraising. Registration is open online through noon Friday. On Saturday, participants can register at “Bootyville,” set up on the soccer field at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, 510 Mount Vernon Highway.

The registration fee includes dinner, midnight pizza, breakfast and a lunch. Live music will also be held at Bootyville on Saturday afternoon and Sunday after 10 a.m.

The Mount Vernon Woods community promises to bring the traditional Booty experience with neighbors lining the streets cheering on the cyclists, according Tyson.

“I really think it’s going to help the riders,” she said.

Dave October 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM
So, the article would have been a great deal more helpful if it included info on road closures for this BS "race". Maybe next year they'll go back to Stone Mountain!
Gabriel Sterling October 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Dave, this is from an email that I sent out. I want to give a special thanks to the neighborhoods of Mount Vernon Woods through which the "Booty Loop" will run and the families with homes on Glenridge between Abernathy and Mt. Vernon Hwy. There will be some lane closures. The Westbound lane on Mt. Vernon Highway between Glenridge and Vernon Woods Drive, one lane eastbound on Abernathy from Cherry Tree to Glenridge, and one lane southbound on Glenridge from Abernathy to Mt. Vernon Highway will be closed from Saturday morning to Sunday evening.
Jennifer October 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM
My husband and I live in Mount Vernon Woods, and the first time we heard of the race/road closures was last week. We were told the homeowners' association approved the event "months" ago - so why were we just informed last week? We live in a part of the subdivision that will be greatly impacted by the bike traffic.
Maggie Goins October 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
There is always someone who is unhappy about something... Sorry you feel that way. When you want to do something as important we will remember your attitude. The other 97 % of the people appreciate the reason behind the ride and support it. Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones that do not have to fight cancer or do not have a family member or friend that is fighting or has lost to their fight with cancer. We should all band together and support such groups no matter what imposition it may be on us for such a short time......
Maggie Goins October 12, 2012 at 08:23 PM
We are sorry for the bike traffic that may be a problem to you for the 2 days. We believe that the benefits of this ride are greatly appreciated by the friends and families of all those whom have had/or have cancer or have lost loved ones to this awful disease. We hope you will all accept our being their in your community and welcome us with open arms. After all- we picked your beautiful community thinking that you would all embrace us and our dedication to this event.


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