From left are Chehaw Public Relations Coordinator Morgan Seegmueller, Team Chehaw BMX Track Operator Graham Sharpe, Pecan Peddlers President Ed Hudson, and Sam Sharpe. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)
ALBANY — As Team Chehaw BMX prepares to renovate its track later this month, it’s receiving a lot of help from the community.
A lot of that help is coming from Pecan City Pedalers, an Albany cycle organization dedicated to promoting cycling.
With more than 100 local members, President Ed Hudson says the group is very excited about the new opportunities the track renovations will provide for Team Chehaw BMX.
“This track and Chehaw Park is such a wonderful resource for the community, and the new renovations will give Team Chehaw BMX some great opportunities,” Hudson said. “It’s a big deal that they are going to be hosting the Gold Cup here in September.”
The Gold Cup is one of the biggest national-qualifying events for all U.S. racers.
Pecan City Pedalers formed 20 years ago, with the base purpose providing a way to help both club members and the general public ready access to local and regional cycling information. The majority of rides are road rides and those can be done on a mountain bike.
A cycler himself, Hudson lauds the sport as an activity that’s both healthy and fun.
“This is a pasttime time that a lot of people enjoy,” Hudson said. “We have a lot of fun together. For me, cycling is more enjoyable when done with a group of people — the camaraderie and accountability is nice.”
Pecan City Pedalers recently donated $3,000 to Team Chehaw BMX in contribution to helping the track achieve its dream of promoting cycling as well.
“They are doing a great job out here, and the resources available for cyclers here are nice,” Hudson said. “Team Chehaw BMX has a lot going for it, and we’re all looking forward to seeing that growth expand and continue.”
For more information on Pecan City Pedalers, visit their page on Facebook.