Cyclists swarm Thomson
By Linda Green

The two-wheel population of McDuffie County swelled Monday as bicyclists stopped in Thomson on their tour across Georgia.
More than 600 cyclists from across the country came through downtown Thomson bound for Thomson High School, the end of their first 62-mile day as part of BRAG--Bicycle Ride Across Georgia.
The cyclists, followed by their sag wagons or support vehicles, began the 35th BRAG in Washington and ended the first leg in Thomson. Cyclists began arriving mid-morning June 9 and they were treated to a warm, all-day reception at THS.
The riders and their supporters set up their tents on the lawn, parked RVs in the parking lots and turned the gymnasium and classrooms into sleeping bag villages. Others were transported to local hotels. The riders then spent the day shopping, dining and enjoying Thomson and McDuffie County before attending a free concert by the Daniel Johnson Band.
As each rider pedaled onto the school’s grounds during the event, they were greeted and given a bottle of water to quench the thirst gained by riding in hot and humid temperatures. They were also welcomed by sign-holding THS student greeters. After visiting the registration booths, many headed to a waterfall provided by Thomson Fire Rescue.
They came single file, in groups, on two and three-seat tandems and trike’s until all 620 riders swamped the high school’s grounds. The cyclists were fed by local and area vendors as well as by vendors that travel with BRAG and received support from businesses that cater to the biking community. Inside the school, they were treated to massages to aleviate aching muscles, yoga to relax the mind and conversations with bikers.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, June 12, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





McDuffie Progress




McDuffie Progress

McDuffie Progress





McDuffie Progress