Organized by her husband, Buddy Bagley, the ride began five years ago as a benefit for Cancer Navigators, a Rome-based nonprofit dedicated to assisting those undergoing cancer treatment. Bagley said the organization was of great help to his wife until she passed away April 2013.
“They done a great thing for us and they really helped my wife out ... and the good thing about it is all the money stays right here in the community. It stays right here. It don’t go anywhere else,” Bagley said.
Registration for the event is ongoing through the Saturday, July 12, event. Registration is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., with the ride beginning at 10 a.m. Registration is $20, and registration including a T-shirt, while supplies last, is $30. Passengers are $10 each and includes food and drink when the ride is over. There will be drawings for prizes, Bagley added, with a barbecue grill and $50 gas card among the items up for grabs.
In a break from previous years, the ride will begin at Manning Mill Park south of Adairsville. Riders will leave Manning Mill at 10 a.m., ride along Ga. Highway 140 to Waleska and then go south toward Ga. Highway 20. The route will then go west toward Cartersville and pick up U.S. Highway 411 north, riding along it until reaching the Highway 140 intersection and returning to the park. Bagley said there will be a police escort during the ride.
Bagley believed approximately 70 to 80 riders are set to take part so far, though more may register in the coming days. Those interested are asked to pre-register by emailing Bagley at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 770-313-8190.
Organizing the ride each year in memory of his wife is difficult, Bagley said, but he will continue to do it in her honor.
“Naturally it’s hard to do, but as long as I can do it in her memory, that’ll be what I do,” he said.