Category Archives: Uncategorized

Where Are You Cycling Labor Day Weekend?

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Saturday September 5
Ocean Springs TatoNut Ride

TatoNut Donut Shop in Ocean  Springs.

TatoNut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs.

Going to be spending your Labor Day weekend on the Gulf Coast? Then consider joining the beautiful 17 mile ride through Ocean Springs and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The group meets at Little Children’s Park in Ocean Springs at 8:45 a.m. The ride rolls at 9:00 a.m.  TatoNuts are enjoyed at the end. Helmets required. No drop conversation pace.

More information can be found on the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club website. Read More

Do You Have Sensitive Tissue Issues?

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Almost all cyclists who ride traditional bikes will experience some saddle pain at one time or another. Most frequently, beginners or those who have been off the bike for a while will find themselves uncomfortable in the saddle. In many of these cases, riding the bike regularly will toughen up the rump, and the cyclist will begin to become one with the saddle. I suggest riding at least three times a week, even if only for a few miles, to become acclimated to the seat.

There is a reason that some refer to a traditional bike as an a$$ hatchet.

There is a reason that some refer to a traditional bike as an a$$ hatchet.

Sometimes, though, the saddle never becomes comfortable. Sensitive tissue issues eventually set in, and they can cause a sufferer to stop cycling altogether. Read More

July National Bike Challenge Update

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

July and now the first part of August have been so busy that I nearly forgot to announce the winners for July of the National Bike Challenge.

NBC Web Button

Let’s face it July was hot! Even so, we still logged our miles! Almost half of our 534 participants logged miles for the month and 179 rode four days or more to ensure they were eligible for prizes.

July Bike Challenge Results

July was also huge month for the National Bike Challenge! As of the 31th, we had 534 people across the state participating in the challenge by riding their bikes and logging their miles.  This exceeds our goal of 500 participants and is over twice the number of cyclists that joined the challenge last year.

Read More

RAGBRAI: Would I Ride it Again?

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

I thoroughly enjoyed my week in the cornfield known as Iowa, and to be honest I’m surprised. I wrote last week that I had never thought I would participate in the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, the granddaddy of all bicycle tours; I wrote that I prefer smaller, more intimate bike tours. But now I’ve done RAGBRAI, and I believe I’ll do it again, but there are pros and cons.

Throngs of Cyclists

Cyclists on both sides of the road as far as your eyes can see.

Cyclists on both sides of the road as far as your eyes can see.

Pros: It is what RAGBRAI is known for. Read More

RAGBRAI: Tales from the Tent

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

A few participants of the Register’s Annual Great Ride Across Iowa spend their nights in motels, churches, gyms and local homes instead of camping. To truly experience RAGBRAI, though, you must stay in a tent. Tent city is amazing; it’s something everyone should experience at least once – and for those who don’t like missing out on anything, tent city is for you.

Lost my tent more than once on the football field in Fort Dodge.

Lost my tent more than once on the football field in Fort Dodge.

Food, entertainment, and the KYBO line are typically close by – and yes, for many being close, but not too close, to the porta-potty line was very important: If you are hydrating properly throughout the day, a midnight trip to the KYBO is guaranteed. Read More

A Typical Day in the Life of a RAGBRAI Cyclist

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

RAGBRAI is a week-long ride like no other.  The route varies from day to day, but the cycling routine is very similar: eat, sleep, bike, repeat!

RAGBRAI sunrise from Fort Dodge.

RAGBRAI sunrise from Fort Dodge.

Most days start with just getting up and getting on the bikes. For the most part, our group of cyclist from Mississippi has split up to ride at their own pace.  Gaines, Frank, Ann and Melissa somehow have managed to stay together each day!

Frank, Melissa, Ann and Gaines don their Tour de Madison jerseys for the first day's ride.

Frank, Melissa, Ann and Gaines don their Tour de Madison jerseys for the first day’s ride.

Read More

RAGBRAI – Thursday, Friday and Saturday

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

The last several days have been a whirlwind.  Our RAGBRAI crew left the Jackson Metro Area on Thursday for Peoria, Illinois.  Friday, we traveled to Davenport Iowa to board a bus to Sioux City, Iowa. In Sioux City we had a day to spend at the RAGBRAI Bike Expo.

Ann, Frank and Suzanne headed to Peoria.

Ann, Frank and Suzanne headed to Peoria. Photo by Gaines Sturdivant.

After arriving in Peoria late, Marsha still needed a ride to keep her consecutive days cycled streak alive. Once back from dinner it was pouring rain. So, like any sane cycling addict, Marsh rode in the hotel parking garage!

Marsha in the parking garage in Peoria.

Marsha in the parking garage in Peoria.

Read More

RAGBRAI: The Granddaddy of all State Bike Rides

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

I love bike touring. Riding my bike from town to town, seeing all that there is to see in between, is by far my favorite bike discipline. I have participated in several supported bike tours across our majestic United States.

RAGBRAI logo 2

Thursday, I will join a dozen others from across Mississippi to ride across Iowa participating in RAGBRAI – Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, which happens to be the granddaddy of all state bike tours.

What Is RAGBRAI?

RAGBRAI started innocently enough in 1973 when two Des Moines Register writers, John Karras and Don Kaul, rode bikes across Iowa in a week and wrote about all they encountered along the way. That first year, approximately 500 people participated in at least one day of the weeklong event – 114 rode the entire distance. Read More

Teams of the Tour de France

By | Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Back in 2012 I wrote a blog about the teams of the Tour de France. Last night while watching the tour, my husband and I started discussing some of the unfamiliar teams and what business their sponsors represented.

Stage 4 Tour de France. Photo from Team Sky Facebook page.

Stage 4 Tour de France. Photo from Team Sky Facebook page.

As in 2012, I decided to make a guessing game out of my research.  I used wikipedia for most of the research with an occasional google search to clarify additional information. However, before I looked up what each sponsor actually did, I made my own guess. If the teams had not changed, I kept my original guess from 2012. Out of the 22  teams I knew or guessed 10.5 correctly (half points for teams with two sponsors in their team name) or a measily 48%! This is after completing this exercise 3 years ago!

Read More

Are You a Winner? June National Bike Challenge Update

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

The year is half over and the second month of the National Bike Challenge has come to a close.

NBC Web Button

June is the month that the temperatures soared and the humidity was thick. The highlight of the month was the very successful 100 Miles of Mayhem Bike Ride hosted by The Bike Crossing and Methodist Rehabilitation center. If you missed this ride, you missed a great time and fantastic support from the Methodist Rehab employees and the Cavalier Hill cheerleaders.

June Bike Challenge Results

June was also huge month for the National Bike Challenge! As of the 3oth, we had 499 people across the state participating in the challenge by riding their bikes and logging their miles. We only need to have one more cyclist sign up and log miles to achieve our goal of 500 cyclists participating in the challenge statewide!

Read More