Let’s Roll

I made a goal to roll

The order is confirmed. Paid in full. I’m ready. (I think.) Well, I better be, because I registered for my first gravel cycling event in October.

Last April, I entered my first organized bike ride. I completed the road portion of the Wild Chicken 100 that stretched 62.9 miles (or 100 km) under four hours. The course meandered through the main streets and backroads of Ben Hill, Irwin, and Coffee counties. The weather was cold and windy, but I loved the experience. I can’t wait until next year!

However, it’s time to tackle my next cycling challenge. The Pecan Shaker is a new edition to the Stuckey’s Gravel Roll Series taking place in Hawkinsville, GA. Here is a description from the events website:

This ride coincides with the harvest season for Georgia pecans. Celebrate the timeless tradition of pecan shaking with us by pounding miles of southern mixed surface roads while passing through mile after mile of pecan groves.

Known as the Harness Horse Capital of the World and the City of Thirteen Highways, Hawkinsville is also home to lengthy stretches of unpaved roads. We honor the heritage of horse racing by bringing a new generation of racers on mechanical horses to town.

I’m so excited!

“Son, if you’re going to do something, do it right.” I can hear my mama’s voice now.

“Yes, ma’am.”

That’s why I’ve registered for the long ride. It’s 103 miles of mixed surface roads with 71 of those miles unpaved. There’s over 3,400 ft of elevation too. Awesome! I might not set any records, but I’m riding to finish this crucible!

Who’s with me?

I’ll be training over the next several months (and don’t forget the Great Cycle Challenge in September) to prepare. I’d love to have you follow along with me here on the blog and on social media. If you haven’t already, please subscribe and follow me on Instagram.

What personal health goals have you set? I’d love to hear them in the comments.

Published by Kevin W. Bounds

Kevin W. Bounds is the Senior Pastor of Morningside Baptist Church in Douglas, GA. He graduated summa cum laude from Lee University with a B.S. in Bible and Theology. Kevin lives in South Georgia with his wife and two children.

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