CHS TV Production Crew to Cover Last Miles of Cyclist's 100K Ride
The CHS TV Production Crew is set to cover this amazing milestone. The press release below includes information about the upcoming event.
Cullman County man, Charles Coggins, nears monumental 100,000 mile mark on a bicycle.
Coggins began logging in his bicycle miles in February 1986, when he lived in Dothan, Alabama. Since that time he has ridden 6-7 different bikes and worn out most of them.
He is a CPA by training and documents everything and does it in a verifiable and accurate CPA way. Charles has ridden most of these miles, as do most cyclists, in the company of other friends and acquaintances. He has ridden locally with the Cullman City Group with people,
most of whom are younger than his 75 years. He has also ridden in the foreign countries of the Netherlands and Belgium, and scenic places stateside like The C and O Canal Route, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
Safety has been his hallmark but he is not unscathed. He now remains alive and well in this challenging sport to prove it.
In 2006 he was part of a guided group of 25 cyclists that dipped the rear wheel of their bikes in the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, CA, and after traveling 27 days (25 riding and 2 rest days), later dipped the front wheel of their bikes in the Atlantic Ocean at Tybee Island, GA.
This supervised and supported cycling trip took him through nine states during which they crossed the Continental Divide and rode between 101 to 149 miles each day except for three when they rode between 97-98 miles.
At 65 then, Coggins was the oldest of the group but far from being last at the finish of the 2,906 mile ride. Coggins, as of March 22, 2016, was less than 300 miles from reaching his 100,000 mile goal.
He is scheduled to complete the last 5-10 miles of this cycling milestone on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Plans are made to invite several of his past riding companions to join many of those who now ride with Coggins to complete these last several miles. None of these have documented such prowess in the bicycle saddle yet.
This event will BEGIN AND END at pavilion 10 in Sportsman’s Lake Park at 1544 Sportsman Lake Road NW here in Cullman.
Why do this? Just to honor this man or this milestone? Others have done this before (but not many). We want to have the noting of this to benefit the Cullman community, to encourage young cyclists with safety education (like using bicycle helmets), promote cycling on the new Duck River cycling trails, challenge our older population to become more active and
Please contact Rick White at 256-727-0871 or Dixie Bergquist at 256-739-4777 to let this planning committee know that you would plan to come join us at this event.