Pecan City Pedalers set to host 'Nut Roll'

ALBANY -- The Pecan City Pedalers, also known as "Nuts on Wheels," will host the seventh annual "Nut Roll" Sept. 11 to benefit Chehaw Park.

More than 300 riders are expected to attend from Georgia, Florida, Alabama and as far as Michigan.

"There have been 300 riders participate in our event the last several years," said event director Jim Anne Brett.

Registration, which costs $35, begins at 7 a.m. at Chehaw with a mass start at 8 a.m. As many as 90 people have registered the day of the event in recent years, Brett said.

Ride options are 30, 46, 62 and 100 miles. Rest stops will be set up in Leesburg, Bronwood and at the welcome center in Plains where water, sports drinks, various snacks and homemade goodies will be served.

A professionally catered meal will be served to riders on their return to Chehaw.

Cyclists are expected to be in good physical condition to participate, meaning they should be able to ride a minimum of 30 miles.

"Southwest Georgia terrain is mostly flat and enables the cyclists to ride their fastest century (100 miles) ever," said Brett. "It is not a race but an enjoyable ride at your own pace.

"However, because of the distance, it is not a suitable ride for neighborhood riders."

The event has generated more than $20,000 in donations for the Chehaw Park Educational Department, and officials anticipate contributing a meaningful amount this year.

"Chehaw Park is one of Albany's finest assets and benefits visitors to our community as well as the locals," Brett said. "Young children enjoy school field trips and class parties in the park, and it is a wonderful place for grandparents to take their grandchildren."

Donations in previous years have funded equipment for the "Muckin' Around the Muckalee" canoe program and a specialized hay wagon for the GNATS overnight program.

All of the event's registered riders will receive a complimentary pass for free admission to Chehaw, valid for the rider and immediate family on Sept. 11.

The Pecan City Pedalers meet at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Palmyra Medical Center. For more information on the "Nut Roll" event, call Brett at (229) 432-1743.