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'Shine Pedalers Metric enters fifth year
Unique ride offers tremendous views of Dawson County this summer
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Participants in the 2016 Shine Pedalers Metric wait for the race to start at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in downtown Dawsonville. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development is hosting its fifth annual Shine Pedalers bicycle ride July 29.

The metric and half-metric rides start and finish at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in downtown Dawsonville.

The rides begin at 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. Each ride takes cyclists through scenic and rural areas of Dawson County. The metric ride offers a challenging climb up Burnt Mountain.

The ride features plenty of SAG (support and gear) stops to keep riders energized and hydrated throughout the ride. New to the ride this year is a competition between themed SAG stops.

Cyclists will vote for their favorite stop at the end of the ride. King and Queen of the Mountain will be awarded to the first male and female to reach the top of Burnt Mountain.

"Each year we strive to make the ride better than the year before," Dawson County Chamber President Christie Haynes said. "This year, the route has been adapted to make it even more enjoyable for the riders by keeping the ride off main roads as much as possible."

After the ride, cyclists will be treated to a BBQ lunch, refreshments and an opportunity to tour the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame as well as the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery.

"We look forward to hosting this ride every year," Haynes said. "This event offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase our community in a whole new light. The scenery and views along this ride are breath-taking."

To register, visit active.com and search ‘Shine Pedaler Ride. The cost is $35 if registered before July 20 and $45 after that. Riders are guaranteed a t-shirt and swag bag if registered by July 20.

Riders are encouraged to register early since the event is capped at 300 riders.

For more information, visit dawson.org or call (706) 265-6278.