Twin Rivers Challenge rides again

Cycling event a hit with regional riders

More than 120 cyclists from across the Southeast gathered at Tallulah Falls School for the sixth annual Twin Rivers Challenge, a cycling event to benefit student scholarships. The fundraiser generated more than $65,000. (E. Lane Gresham/Tallulah Falls School)

Cyclists from across the Southeast rolled out from Tallulah Falls School for the sixth annual Twin Rivers Challenge, a fundraiser for student scholarships.

Held Oct. 24, the event proved once again to be a highlight for local and visiting riders, adding more than $65,000 to the school’s scholarship fund and attracting more than 120 participants.

Ever-increasing support of the ride attracted more than 130 sponsors, eager to help the college-preparatory school’s motivated students.

Positive feedback from riders echoed from previous years with many familiar faces sprinkled throughout the group at the start line.

First-time attendee Ellen Ressell of Cumming had a great ride. Ressell plans to return in 2021 and bring friends.

“[It was] the most beautiful course I have ever biked. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to next year,” Ressell said. “Despite the rain at the start, it will rank as one of my toughest, yet favorite rides. Next year I will make sure that I am in a little better shape to get those extra miles in.”

“We are delighted to hear that our guests continue to rave about this ride,” said President and Head of School Larry Peevy. “We are proud of the growth and impact this event has on our ability to provide needed financial support for students.”

Ron Cantrell Construction, Inc. covered all expenses, returning as the presenting sponsor, and Springer Mountain Farms sponsored the post-ride meal.

“This strong partnership with RCCI and Springer Mountain Farms allows all other sponsorships and rider registration fees to directly benefit our students,” Peevy said. “Our volunteer scholarship committee shared the TFS story with the community – these passionate ambassadors coordinated the fundraising effort; we are grateful.”

Community co-chairs for the event Judy Forbes and Joey Brown provide expertise in key areas. Forbes, a TFS board member, coordinates fundraising efforts on behalf of the board and cultivates community relations on behalf of the school. Brown, a local cyclist, and parent of a TFS alum, manages the cycling-related details.

“Whether the day is sunny or rainy, the Twin Rivers Challenge is always a great day for TFS students,” Forbes said. “The ride draws bikers into our beautiful community for an event that ultimately provides scholarships for worthy students. Everyone wins. This year’s event was no exception.”

Brown said he continues to hear compliments about the experience from the cycling community.

“A near-perfect day for the sixth annual Twin Rivers Challenge with our largest number of riders yet and glorious fall color,” Brown said. “Despite a little rain early the weather was outstanding for the remainder of the day. So many people commented on the sheer beauty of the routes. I’m already looking forward to 2021!”

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