Ellen Thrailkill and Christian Tetsch prepare for last Saturday’s Ride to the Rock, organized by the Pickens Rotary Club. 30 riders participated in the inaugural event intended to raise money for Rotary community initiatives and to highlight the area as a fun place for cycling. Thrailkill works in the dental pratice of Rotary President Dr. Paul Giddings. She invited Tetsch of Taylors, who is her uncle. Riders came from North Carolina and Georgia as well as closerby in the Upstate. Giddings said the number of riders exceeded his expectations for the first year. “It is something to build on,” he said. 83 percent of Pickens Rotary Club members volunteered for the effort.