CUMMING — Members of the Cumming Kiwanis Club are excited about Saturday's weather forecast, which calls for great cycling conditions for the ninth annual Sawnee-Burnt Mountain Century Challenge.
"We had terrible rain last year, but it looks like it's going to be beautiful for us," said Michael Burns, club president. "We're hoping for a great, great, great event this year."
The club-organized challenge includes four options, giving cyclists the choice between 25-, 46-, 75- or 100-mile rides.
The last two take riders to the top of Burnt Mountain, with the 100-mile ride going through both Pickens and Dawson counties before returning to Forsyth.
Burns said he expects "well over 100" riders at this year's event. The $35 cost to participate applies to any of the routes.
The money raised goes toward the $1,000 scholarships the club gives to high school Key Club members, as well as its various community service projects.
"We do this as well as the Haunted Hustle and also pecan sales," Burns said. "This past year, we sold 960 pounds of pecans to raise money for the community services."
But Burns said the century challenge is his favorite event to organize.
"I just love the sport and love to see the camaraderie between the different riders and just to get into the spirit of the celebration with all the Kiwanis Club members," he said. "It's a great chance for folks to be able to enjoy the countryside, the outdoors and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains."