“BRAG cannot support the state-wide Dream Team because they don’t have enough resources. This year, the Dream Team is spending all of its efforts establishing itself,” Keith said. “Because our local club has made a commitment to our young riders, we’re going to ride in BRAG this year, but don’t know if we will have the support.”
The Baldwin Dream Team’s other members are students from Georgia College Early College, TyQuerius Butts; Oak Hill Middle School, Isaac Hard and Maquavious Hall; and Baldwin High School, Skylar Hard.
“These riders have kept training between a year and a year and a half now. We try to ride between 15 and 20 miles each Saturday around the [Baldwin County Airport]. Sometimes the members of the local bicycle club join us, which is really nice because it’s more bodies on the road to make us more visible,” Keith said. “These guys are ready to do the April Fools Ride again.”
With limited funds and resources, the Baldwin Dream Team seeks funds and donations of bicycles and safety gear, with hopes of obtaining $6,000 by May.
“We want to buy bicycles for the riders so they can actually use them in BRAG. We also need biking shorts and helmets, and if we receive enough funds, then it can help pay for registration. We need adult-size helmets, and if anyone has a usable bicycle that they’re not using, then we’re more than happy to put it in good use,” Keith said. “Right now we’re using donated bicycles, but they’re mostly heavy mountain bikes, which are not good for long-distance on roads.”
The local team plans to ride 50 miles in the St. Patrick’s Century Ride in Dublin Saturday as they prepare for this year’s April Fools Ride, which is slated to kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Central State Hospital’s Powell Building parking lot. The seventh annual event will coincide with the Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority community festival and Z97 FM Easter Egg hunt. Various family entertainment will be available, including food, music, arts and crafts, a farmer’s market, Easter egg hunting and a bike rodeo. Routes will include a five-mile fun ride around the CSH campus, as well as 20-, 50- and 75-mile options available.