The Wild Chicken 100 Gravel Ride: Fitzgerald Georgia, USA & More!

Yours truly is extremely motivated to ride and explore, despite what is happening on the planet with the Covid-19 pandemic. If you love exploring on the gravelly roads less traveled, now is the perfect time to do so. Less cars, less people, it is a good time to be a cyclist, assuming you are permitted to ride outdoors.

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I may sound like a broken record continually repeating this, please spare many thoughts for our friends in Spain, Italy, France, Panama and other countries, who are under a serious Covid-19 lockdown. They cannot ride a bicycle, go for a walk, they are truly stuck indoors barring important necessities such as grocery shopping.

wild chicken 100 ride festival fitzgerald georgia

If you have the freedom to ride your bicycle outdoors, please ride alone and often. Cycling is one of the best forms of mental therapy, you don’t need the company of a group to have a good time! Practice social distancing, be a good person, ride alone, explore, take photos, have an adventure, make it your own!

wild chicken 100 ride festival fitzgerald georgia

In this video, ride along with JOM, yours truly, exploring the towns of Fitzgerald and Ocilla, Georgia, and beyond. The route mostly follows that of the Wild Chicken 100 course (linked below), hosted by Mr David Dark. Sadly, David had to defer his event due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it will return in the future. Along the way, you’ll see wildlife, nature, and hear my live commentary and insights. There is much more content along this vein in the hopper, please subscribe to the Gravel Cyclist YouTube channel if you haven’t already.

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  1. Avatar Larry Brenize


    Since I have never seen this ride listed when was the date it was to be ridden/raced? How many riders does it normally draw? Stressed out from work here so no I didn’t get a chance right now to listen to your video. Barely was able to get a 10 mile ride in tonight before back to work tomorrow. Ride on

    • JOM JOM

      April 18 was the date, I have no idea of attendance in previous editions. Sorry!

  2. We are on the same page. If you can ride, get on your bike … stay sane. I’m still smiling after today’s adventure. We saw almost nobody … a handful of cars in four hours!

    • JOM JOM

      Awesome! I’m pretty tired of reading about the pity parties of people who complain about riding solo. These folks need to embrace it and get out and ride.

  3. Avatar Chip Battle

    The wild chickens of Fitzgerald are of a rare African variety. When a Fitzgerald family moved to Albany they brought some of
    the chickens with them, so that we have a fair number of wild chickens downtown also.

  4. Avatar Fryeguy

    I have to say, I rather enjoy your commentary, thanks for posting

  5. Avatar Larry Brenize

    Well I would have to admit that wild chickens being seen while riding doesn’t bother me. When I see the turkey buzzards circling though that is another story.

  6. Avatar Bob DeCamp

    Just saw this- The Wild Chicken 100 is happening Saturday, 10-10-2020 in Fitzgerald, Ga – starts and ends at the Train Depot (Blue and Gray Museum) Hope the weather
    co-operates! Many routes are on quiet dirt roads, I am doing paved routes myself.

    • JOM JOM

      The weather due to Hurricane Delta is looking pretty dodgy 🙁 A real shame, as this is an excellent ride and route.

  7. Avatar Craig Bailey

    I rode David’s Wild Chicken event this past weekend. It was a great route and was nicely organized. It was a low-key event…just as gravel events should be, IMO.
    I’ll go back to Fitzgerald for this one in the future!

    • JOM JOM

      I was elsewhere else I would have attended. Love the town of Fitzgerald and the route as you know, is very nice.

  8. Avatar Larry Brenize

    Craig Bailey curious what the starting temps were and how long did it take for it to warm up?

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