Announcing the 5th Annual 2021 Honey Bee Stinger cycling event, held on February 27th, 2021 in Hahira, Georgia. The Stinger is a 70-mile dirt and gravel road route through the plantation and farming roads of southern Georgia.
“The Honey Bee Stinger is a self-supported ride with the option to shuttle your water and calories to the halfway point of each ride. The event host will set up a SAG stop for you to pick up your re-supply. The Stinger is a free event with no registration needed, along with a raffle for prizes donated by Valdosta Bike Center and other local businesses.”
“This event was sponsored by the Partnership Health Center, a local non-profit, whose mission is to deliver medical and dental care to South Georgia’s uninsured. All donations will be in support of the Patient Assistance Fund. Come out and show your support! – www.phcvaldosta.org” – This is the true definition of grassroots mixed-surface cycling.
Ride Experience Video
Towns of the 2021 Honey Bee Stinger Route (source is Wikipedia)
Hahira is a city in northwest Lowndes County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,737 at the 2010 census, up from 1,626 at the 2000 census. The city is mentioned in several songs by comedian/songwriter Ray Stevens, most notably the song “Shriner’s Convention. According to legend, the town of Hahira was named after a local cotton plantation. The planter was said to have named his estate after a West African village, Hairaairee, which was described to him by an English traveler.
Pavo is a city that is divided by the county line between Brooks and Thomas counties in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 627 at the 2010 census. The city is home to a branch of the Thomas County Public Library System. Pavo was featured in country music star Alan Jackson’s video for his hit song “Little Man”, lamenting the decline of small-town America.
Barney was named after the Barney & Smith Car Company in 1897, at the time the railroad first was extended through the area. A post office called Barney has been in operation since 1897. The Georgia General Assembly incorporated Barney as a town in 1903. The town was officially dissolved in 1995.
Links of Interest:
- Hahira, Georgia & Beyond: Home to the Honey Bee Festival & Honey Bee Stinger Mixed-Surfaced Ride!
- Todd’s Bike (Pivot Vault Gravel Bike with Shimano GRX Di2)
- JOM’s Bike (T-Lab All-Terrain X3 Titanium Gravel Bike with Shimano GRX Di2)