From skyscrapers and upscale shops to rough urban neighborhoods to tree lined streets lacking any indication of a major city, Atlanta is a amazingly diverse place. The 38 mile Tour d’Atlanta is a blatant attempt to pack as much of that diversity as possible into a morning on the bike.
The Tour d’Atlanta starts in Piedmont Park and is ridden in a counter-clockwise loop. Iconic locations are connected by urban paths and quiet neighborhoods each with its own character. Gritty Little Five Points, million dollar homes in Druid Hills, Georgia Tech & Emory University campuses, Virginia Highlands and eclectic Cabbagetown – all day could be spent exploring if you wanted.
Be sure to stop at Revolution Doughnuts for some vegan treats and spend some time looking at the artwork in Cabbagetown. Brash Coffee in the Altanta History Center is owned by avid cyclists so stop in and say hello. If you hammer the entire route and only stop at one place, make it the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site on Auburn Avenue.
Expect punchy climbs, some up to 10%. Atlanta is not flat! None of the climbs last longer than a minute however so effort is manageable. The Tour d’Atlanta route goes right down Peachtree Street which is virtually empty on Saturday and Sunday mornings and takes in the east side beltline.
- You will get lost in Piedmont Park. Enjoy it.
- Don’t cross train tracks at an angle!
- Atlanta is not flat.
- Downtown can be flooded with people and cars during Georgia Tech football games and sporting events at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
- The Dragon Con conference typically takes place during the first week in September. Depending on your perspective, you may want to avoid Atlanta during this time.
- The best time to ride the Tour d'Atlanta route is early on Saturday or Sunday mornings during breaks when Emory and Georgia Tech universities are not in session.
- The route can be started anywhere convenient. As published it starts in Piedmont Park where a fee-based parking garage is located near the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
- Unlike urban centers such as New York City, most restaurants and stores have restrooms available to the public.
- As much food and water as anyone would want is available all along the route. Save your appetite for the Krog Street Market at mile 35.
- Tanyard Creek Park and the Tanyard Creek Urban Forest feel completely removed from the urban environment which surrounds it.
- Street Art in the Krog Tunnel and Cabbagetown
- Hammering Peachtree Street which was the finish of the last stage of the Tour de Georgia.
- Dozens of coffee shops along the way and every kind of ethnic food you could want.