Annual bike ride brings nearly 200 participants

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Jennifer Porter loves how she feels when riding her bike.

"I just like to be out in nature, out in the elements," Porter said. "We ride a lot in the country and you get to see a lot of places and do a lot of fun things."

On Sunday, when the Marietta native rode 60 miles around Augusta, she was sporting a little something extra as part of her wardrobe - a tutu.

"It was fun. It took a little bit of the pressure off to ride as fast as possible and made it more of a fun ride, especially passing all the big guys wearing her tutu," Porter laughed.

But these tutus weren't just for display but to bring awareness and raise funds for the Augusta Ballet.

"This is year 3 for Bike for Ballet. The intent of the event is to create an awareness for physical fitness, also bring together the sports community and the arts community," said Ted McLyman, president of Augusta Ballet. "We want to make people understand that they both have to do with physical fitness, body awareness and staying in shape."

Nearly 200 bikers rode three different courses and many people like Porter came from out of town. One of those courses will be part of Augusta's triathlon in just a few weeks.