John Jones of Northstar Bicycle explains the routes to cyclists at the 2018 Shine Pedalers Metric. There were 250 riders and more are expected this year.
‘Shine Pedalers metric rolls through Dawsonville
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAWSON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development is hosting its 7th Annual Shine Pedalers bicycle ride July 27.
“We look forward to hosting this ride every year,” Dawson County Chamber President Christie Moore said. “This event offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase our community in a whole new light. The scenery and views along this ride are breath-taking.”
The metric and half-metric rides start and finish at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and Moonshine Distillery in downtown Dawsonville. The rides begin at 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. Each ride takes cyclists through scenic and rural areas of Dawson County. The metric ride offers a challenging climb up Burnt Mountain.
“Each year we strive to make the ride better than the year before,” Moore said. “Over the years the route has been adapted to make it even more enjoyable for the riders by keeping cyclists away from main roads as much as possible. The ride features plenty of SAG (support and gear) stops to keep cyclists energized and hydrated throughout the ride. We strive to have anything that previous riders have requested, even if it seems to vary from the typical water and bananas, such as pickle juice, mustard, flat Coke, and chocolate.”
Back for the third year is a competition between themed SAG stops. Cyclists will vote for their favorite stop at the end of the ride. King and Queen of the Mountain will be awarded to the first male and female to reach the top of Burnt Mountain. After the ride, cyclists will be treated to catered lunch, refreshments and an opportunity to tour the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, as well as, the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery.
The event is sponsored by Troncalli Subaru, Northeast Georgia Health System-Medical Plaza 400, Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Because Coffee, Benchmark Physical Therapy, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, North Georgia Elite Decks and Northstar Bicycle.
To register, visit active.com and search ‘Shine Pedalers Metric. Cost is $55 and riders are encouraged to register early, to guarantee a ride t-shirt. For more information visit dawson.org or call 706-265-6278.
Please follow @shinepedalers_dawsonville on Instagram and @shinepedalersmetric on Facebook to view pictures and follow the ride.
Cyclists take a well-earned break at the look out on Burnt Mountain. The SAG stop last year had a Hawaiian theme and was hosted by volunteers in Kings Hawaiian shirts