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Cycling group members to participate in Georgia ride

Cycling group members to participate in Georgia ride

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — They describe themselves as a group of friends riding bikes together. Or “the 70s Club.” Or “a bunch of retired old…

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — They describe themselves as a group of friends riding bikes together. Or “the 70s Club.” Or “a bunch of retired old men chasing each other around Jekyll Island.”

Even without an official name, the cycling group puts in thousands of miles a year on their bikes through weekly rides and cycling adventures like the annual Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, coming up June 4-11.

The riders can be spotted every week somewhere around the Golden Isles, maybe crossing the F.J. Torras Causeway to or from St. Simons Island, zipping down the oceanside paths on Jekyll Island or pushing themselves over the Sidney Lanier Bridge.

The cycling group formed years ago when Fred Collins was looking for someone to join him on his regular bike rides.

“And then about five years after that, Phil (Curry) and I, we met and we were both retired and we began to ride during the week on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” Collins said during a brief rest stop last week at Daddy Cate’s coffee shop in downtown Brunswick. “And now our little Tuesday and Thursday group has grown. Sometimes we’ll have as many as 12 people.”

Each rider lives on St. Simons, but they do most of their cycling on the mainland. And they make sure to change up the routes often, Collins said.

“We ride in McIntosh County, in Camden County, as well as Glynn County,” he said.The group goes on four organized rides each week that total more than 100 miles. The routes vary, sometimes beginning […]

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