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Chicken City Cyclists end ride, but other options remain
Cycling clubs offer support, safety for those out to get fit on the road
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Chicken City Cyclists Rides
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 29
Where: Dewberry Baptist Church, 4616 Clark’s Bridge Road, Gainesville

When: 10 a.m. Jan. 1
Where: Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way.500

Iron Sharpens Iron Cyclists
Contact: www.ISIcycling.com
When: 7:30 a.m. Saturdays
Where: Corinith Baptist Church,
Route: 30-75 mile route options

When: 7:30 a.m. Sundays
Where: Corinth Baptist Church, 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Route: High intensity pace-line, 17 mile loop.,

When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Kroger, 3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Route: 30-50 mile

Baxter’s Multisport
When: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays
Where: Baxter’s Multisport, 2480 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville
Contact: 770-532-BIKE (2453)

 

A cycling club around for more than 25 years in Gainesville plans to disband at the end of the year.

The Chicken City Cyclists have decided to quit meeting as a group because of low membership and activity.

Lloyd Unnold, the club’s secretary, said the “end of an era” is bittersweet but it’s conceivable some members may want to restart the club in the future.

The club had about 30 members in the end, Unnold said, but most were not regular riders.

Though the club has ended, Unnold said that the sport of cycling is alive and well in the Gainesville area.

“In general it’s picking up more older folks. They’re realizing they can still do that and get groups together and ride,” Unnold said.

He explained some of the interest with older riders may be because cycling puts much less stress on knee joints and provides a great way for people to stay active.

Cycling can burn a lot calories and improve physical fitness regardless of age. Beginners may want to work up to group rides because they often cover more than 15 mile stretches of road.

While the CCC may not be an option for cycling enthusiasts anymore, there are still several other options in Hall County and the surrounding area.

Iron Sharpens Iron Cycling in Gainesville holds three weekly rides that tend to vary in the winter months.

Dave Brannon, an active member of the group, said the weekend rides are usually the ones everyone comes to.

“It’s a neat time to fellowship and exercise at the same time. It seems to work out well,” Brannon said.

There is no fee to ride and more information can be found on the club’s website, www.ISIcycling.com.

Brannon said one of the biggest benefits to riding together in a group is safety. Motorists who share the road with cyclists may have difficulty seeing a single rider, but cyclists aren’t as easy to miss in a group.

“We’re on these roads all the time. We feel like the cars out there are becoming more and more respectful,” Brannon said.

Group riding also motivates people who may not always feel like going on a 25- to 75-mile bike ride.

“We keep each other sharp out there, keep each other accountable to personal and physical goals. That’s what its all about, just keeping people accountable and having a good time,” Brannon said.

Nathan O’Neill, cyclist service manager at Baxter’s Multisport on Limestone Parkway in Gainesville, also holds weekend rides.

O’Neill said the rides are split into two groups based on ability during the summer. The “die-hards” are typically the only cyclists to attend the winter rides.

“We welcome everybody. We do our best to cater to everybody and there are lots of opportunity around here,” O’Neill said.

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