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Annual cycling ride returns
Kiwanis event benefits youth
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Forsyth County News

At a glance
* What: Cumming Kiwanis Club Sawnee-Burnt Mountain Century Challenge
* When: Registration at 7 a.m. Saturday; 75- and 100-mile routes begin at 8 a.m.; 25- and 44-mile routes at 8:30 a.m.
* Where: Cumming Kiwanis Building, 417 Pilgrim Mill Road
* Cost: $35 to register; additional $10 for a T-shirt; registration forms available at

About 100 bicyclists are expected for a fundraiser ride Saturday.

The Cumming Kiwanis Club will hold its sixth annual Sawnee-Burnt Mountain Century Challenge, beginning at the Kiwanis Club building on Pilgrim Mill Road.

Ride organizer Frank Felker said there’s still time for interested cyclists to sign up.

“We’ll have registration at 7 a.m. Saturday, they can just sign up then,” he said. “They can go online and download a form before they come if they want.”

The challenge features four different routes, ranging in length from 25 to 100 miles.

Felker said the two longer courses take riders all the way to Burnt Mountain in Pickens County, with elevations reaching more than 3,000 feet above sea level.

All routes also include ventures up Sawnee Mountain.

The event had typically been held in October, but Felker said club members decided to change to the May date this year.

“In October, we had a lot of weather issues, with rain or it being too cold,” he said. “But the weather should be perfect Saturday.”

Felker said previous events have drawn riders from as far away as south Georgia and other states, though most come from the metro Atlanta area.

Riders range in age from “their teens up to their 60s and 70s,” he said.

All rides will have rest stops every 15 to 18 miles, and lunch will be served at the Kiwanis building after the finish. There will also be a number of raffle prizes awarded.

All proceeds from the race benefit the Kiwanis Club’s youth programs in Forsyth County schools.

Felker said the club sponsors 11 organizations in the county for students in elementary, middle and high schools.

Students involved in the programs take part in a variety of community service projects throughout the year.

“We have Key Clubs at the high school level, and Builders Club and K-Kids at the middle and elementary levels,” he said. “This ride is the biggest fundraiser of the year for those programs.”