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Carolina Cycle Challenge Just Days Away

cycleHICKORY – Carolina Cycle Challenge (CCC) is just four days away and the weather forecast looks perfect for cycling, volunteering or cheering for those participating in the CCC.

CCC, formally known as Brett’s Ride, is the area’s premiere bike ride that raises money to fight pediatric cancer and this Sunday, October 5 cyclists can participate in a 10-mile, 32-mile and 55-mile ride.  In addition there will be a Family Fun Zone/Tot Ride.  The CCC ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Hickory Foundation YMCA Teen Center, 701 1st Street, NW, Hickory.  There ceremony’s emcee is WBTV’s Maureen O’Boyle, and during this time, Mary Ann and Mark Gosnell will pin this year’s #1 Rider, 12-year-old Chloe Scott, 7th grader at Hickory Christian Academy.  The rides begin at 9 a.m.Registration online at until Friday, October 3 at 5 p.m. Packet pick up and paper registration will be at the Hickory Foundation YMCA Friday, October 3 between 1 – 6 p.m.Saturday, October 4 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.and Sunday, October 5 between 7 – 9 a.m. Costs for registration is $10 for the Tot Ride, $25 for the 10-mile and 32-mile rider, and $35 for the 55-mile ride.  The prices of the rides will be an additional $5 for anyone that signs up Sunday, October 5.   

The CCC is organized by the Rotary Club of Catawba Valley, Lake Hickory Rotary Club, Hickory Rotary Club, Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club, Newton-Conover Rotary Club and Lincolnton Sunrise Rotary Club. Other organizations involved are Hickory Velo Club, the YMCA of Catawba Valley and the City of Hickory along with its police, fire and public works departments.  Local restaurants donate food, and hundreds of volunteers from youth groups to those who have volunteered since the first Brett’s Ride are an important part of what makes the bike rides a success.

“This truly is an amazing bike ride where all facets of the community work together for many reasons ending in positive strides for all,” said Mandy Pitts, City of Hickory Communications Director and Brand Manager.  “Cyclists, Rotarians, volunteers of all ages, sponsors, local restaurants and more are all working together to promote the healthy lifestyle of cycling, giving back to the community by being a volunteer or sponsor, and raising money to help fight pediatric cancer, it’s a win-win all the way around.”

Parking the day of CCC is available at City Hall Parking Lot (76 N. Center St.) just 3 blocks away, and the YMCA parking lot on 4th St. Dr. NW by Oakwood Cemetery.

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About Cindy Geddes

Cindy Geddes serves as the Director of Accountability and Technology Services for Newton-Conover City Schools. Previously, she served as the district’s Instructional Technology/ Staff Development Coordinator and as an elementary teacher for thirteen years. Mrs. Geddes was recently renewed as a National Board Certified teacher. She is a co-founder of #NCed chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. Mrs. Geddes co-authored an article, “Growing Technology Leaders”, that was featured in the magazine, Learning and Leading with Technology. Recently, she received a Master of Arts from Gardner-Webb University in Executive Leadership Studies. She and her husband, Leonard are proud parents of two children, Cassidy and Brandon.

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