(PHOTOS) – Cyclists spread Christmas cheer

Posted by Decaturish.com December 16, 2015

By Jonathan Phillips, contributor 

The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail got a taste of the holidays on Wednesday. Around 50 cyclists gathered at Atlanta Beltline Bicycle before heading out on the town for a 10-14 mile ride. Elves, santas, ugly sweaters and more rode out from the bike shop making, a path up to Edgewood before hitting Centennial Olympic Park, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and a few other stops. This is the first year that the ride, which originated in Tucker, made a debut in the metro area.

Around 50 cyclists head up the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail for the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Around 50 cyclists head up the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail for the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Around 50 cyclists head up the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail for the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Around 50 cyclists head up the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail for the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

William Le Master rides down the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail with around 50 other cyclists during the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

William Le Master rides down the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail with around 50 other cyclists during the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Andrew Beishline (center) checks his helmet as he gathers at Atlanta Beltline Bicycle with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Andrew Beishline (center) checks his helmet as he gathers at Atlanta Beltline Bicycle with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

A cyclist takes off from Atlanta Beltline Bicycle to catch up with around 50 others as they participate in the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

A cyclist takes off from Atlanta Beltline Bicycle to catch up with around 50 others as they participate in the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Pete Wicker rides down the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail with around 50 other cyclists during the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Pete Wicker rides down the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail with around 50 other cyclists during the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Dressed as an elf, Wes Lucas (center) gathers at Atlanta Beltline Bicycle with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Dressed as an elf, Wes Lucas (center) gathers at Atlanta Beltline Bicycle with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

William Le Master (right) pulls up to Atlanta Beltline Bicycle with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

William Le Master (right) pulls up to Atlanta Beltline Bicycle with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Todd Field (right) gathers at Atlanta Beltline Bicycle with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Todd Field (right) gathers at Atlanta Beltline Bicycle with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Pete Wicker climbs up the hill to Atlanta Beltline Bicycles as he gathers with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Pete Wicker climbs up the hill to Atlanta Beltline Bicycles as he gathers with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Joey Schoenfeld exits Atlanta Beltline Bicycles as he gathers with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Joey Schoenfeld exits Atlanta Beltline Bicycles as he gathers with around 50 other cyclists before the annual Atlanta Christmas Ride on Wednesday evening.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

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