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Route changed to make 3-State, 3-Mountain bike ride safer

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Changes have been made to make one of Chattanooga's premier cycling events safer and more enjoyable for riders and residents of Lookout Mountain.

The Chattanooga Bicycle Club's 3-State, 3-Mountain Challenge has for years included a final descent down Lookout Mountain on Ochs Highway into St. Elmo in the final 10 miles of the 100-mile route. But following discussions with city leader and the death of a Florida rider in last year's ride, this year's ride on May 3 will bypass Ochs.

Antonio Jose Desousa Ribeiro of Jacksonville, Fla., died after colliding with a car near the bottom of Ochs Highway about three miles from the ride's finish at Finley Stadium.

Chattanooga police said that Ribeiro lost control coming around a turn and went into the path of an oncoming car.

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