Cyclists from last year’s Possum Pedal head down the road. After a brief hiatus, the event was resurrected in 2011.
Cyclists from last year's Possum Pedal head down the road. After a brief hiatus, the event was resurrected in 2011. (file photo)

Grahamites will see a welcome sight this summer as scores of cyclists descend upon Young County for the Possum Pedal Bicycle Ride. The ride, sponsored by the Graham Chamber of Commerce, is set for June 28th.

The Possum Pedal was originally started in late ’80s by the Graham Rotary Club. Kenneth Mobley, a Rotarian heavily active during the original Possum Pedal Rides, recalls humble beginnings.

“We were looking for a project we could work on every year,” Mobley said. 

Thanks to a couple of members who were avid cyclists, the Possum Pedal was born and featured a couple hundred cyclists in the beginning. 

However, with participation erupting to over 2,000 cyclists in recent events, these simple rides through Young County quickly became some of the largest and most complex commitments of any group working inside Graham. This, in addition to the loss of some of the leadership that pushed these rides, resulted in its temporary hiatus.

The Possum Pedal was resurrected in 2011 by the Graham Chamber of Commerce as a way to attract tourists to Graham, and now is meant to not only bring people in to experience the shopping and dining of Graham, but also to highlight the bucolic scenery of northern Young County.

Read the entire story in Saturday's Graham Leader.