Women’s Cycling

September and October Cycling Events

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A new month has dawned so don’t forget to check out the Crooked Letter Cycling Event Calendar!

Toggle the “view” button on the top right of the page to view the events plotted in a calendar view.

There are cycling events all across the state of Mississippi during September and October for beginners as well as advanced cyclists.

One event coming up soon is the Jackson Metro Cyclists Trekkin’ the Trace.  The ride will be including a beginner bike clinic which will include a discussion on using you gears. So, make plans to attend!



RAGBRAI: Sh!t People Put on Their Helmets!

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One of the challenges of RAGBRAI is keeping up with your group.  Just like our Mississippi crew, many cycling clubs take on the challenge of RAGBRAI together. However in the throng of cyclists it is easy to become separated from the friends you want to ride with.

Most of the Mississippi cyclists elected to ride their own ride as many of us ride at different paces or preferred leaving earlier in order to get out ahead of the cycling masses. Somehow, Caroline Cyclists, Ann, Frank, Gaines and Melissa survived the week staying together.

Gaines, Ann, Melissa and Frank miraculously stayed together throughout the week.

Gaines, Ann, Melissa and Frank miraculously stayed together throughout the week.

I am not sure what their strategy was to keep within sight of each other, but many groups pick a spot in each pass-through city to stop and re-group.  Others are a tad bit more creative and add a flair to their helmets! Read More

Have You Traveled to the Tanglefoot Trail?

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I am ashamed to admit that until recently, I had yet to visit and ride the Tanglefoot Trail®, the 44-mile Rails-to-Trails in North Mississippi.

tanglefoot-trail-logoThe Tanglefoot Trail has a detailed history including being named for the #3 Engine on the railroad corridor built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner.

What a stunning trail system it is! I am impressed with the Magnolia State’s newest converted train-track-turned-bike-path. Running south from New Albany through Pontotoc and ending in Houston, the trail has a lot of charm.

Don’t Speed-Date the Tanglefoot!

Many in the Jackson Metro area and around the state attempt to tackle the Tanglefoot in one day, leaving in the wee hours of dawn to make the drive to Houston, ride out and back as far as they want, and then head back home tired from a very hectic trip. Read More

Bike Trail Etiquette for Bikers, Walkers and Drivers

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This blog originally appeared in the June-August Ridgeland Life Magazine; however, it is applicable to all bike and multi-use trails.

Riding a bike has changed my life.

Fifteen years ago I could not have dreamed of all the things I would accomplish by bike. Since 2000 I have met hundreds of other cyclists, many who are now close friends. I have participated in bike rides all over the United States, including a cross-country tour in 2010. I am part of a very active cycling group – the Jackson Metro Cyclists – as well as co-leader of a monthly women’s bike ride. I am honored to say that I earlier this year I traveled to Washington, D.C., to discuss cycling with our Mississippi congressmen.

Me at Heatwave booth (1)

My name is Michelle Williams, and I am publisher of the Crooked Letter Cycling website. Read More

Natchez Trace Century Ride: Not Your Grandma’s Ride!

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NT century ride logoSaturday May 2 brings around the seventeenth pedaling of the Natchez Trace Century Ride. Since its inception as a companion ride to the Tour Lefleur Bike Race in 1998, the Natchez Trace Century Ride has always been a family-friendly ride that meanders on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway.

The ride is still family-friendly, but did you know it no longer meanders quietly out and back on the Natchez Trace?

Not any more! The new course is definitely not your grandma’s century ride. Since 2013, those participating in routes of 50 miles or longer are treated to views of the Mississippi countryside with approximately 4,000 feet of elevation gain.

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Veterans, Wellness and Bikes: Trace Ride Is April 18

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On the road to health logoPhil Reed and Don Guillory have a common interest in promoting health and wellness for veterans.

Both have deep, personal concern about the well-being of the men and women who served our country. Both are cyclists, and both are volunteers in the Fourth Annual On the Road to Health Trace Ride April 18.

Reed, President and CEO of Voice of Calvary Ministries, formed the On the Road to Health initiative to combat obesity in Mississippi by emphasizing healthy eating and exercise in 2012. He started the annual cycling event to promote health and wellness.

While working with the homeless through Voice of Calvary Ministries, Reed began to realize that many homeless veterans have serious health problems, including mental health and addiction issues. He believes veterans are being underserved.

So Voice of Calvary Mission partnered with Soldier On, a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness, in 2014. Read More

The Chase on the Natchez Trace: Searvogel Says Hi to Ridgeland

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Wednesday morning I woke up with work on my mind. I needed to answer emails, write blogs and transcribe notes from the Bike Summit, and I wanted to start work on scheduling the League Certified Instructor training class. I vowed to spend a minimum of 10 hours catching up on my work.

So I grabbed a cup of chai latte and sat down at my computer at straight up 8 a.m I opened my computer, looked at my email inbox and witnessed my to-do list fly out my window!

A message from Alicia Snyder, Kurt Searvogel’s crew member, said Kurt was in Mississippi, on the Natchez Trace, and heading toward Ridgeland!

AAAGGGHHHH!!!! So much to do! So little time! Read More

JMC Hosts First Ride in Flora Saturday March 7

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JMC_Logo_smallJackson Metro Cyclists will host the “First Flora Ride” on Saturday, March 7. As I am sure you can guess, the ride will start in downtown Flora. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the ride begins at 8. There will be route options of 22, 40 and 60 miles.

The ride is free for current JMC members, $10 for nonmembers with advance signup and $15 for nonmembers the day of the event. Joining JMC for $40 annually will get you into this ride and into the remainder of JMC’s sponsored events for free the rest of the year.  Registration is easy at the JMC website.

Please preregister for the ride early—especially JMC members who have already paid their annual membership dues. It helps the volunteers know how much to provide in the way of supplies. I know many cyclists like gauge the weather and wait until the day before the ride or the day of the ride to register … but if you remotely believe you want to participate in the ride, go ahead and sign up now.

So, First Flora—how did this ride get its name?  As you may remember, JMC used to host a spring ride each year that started in Pocahontas, called Pig Out in Pocahontas.  It was held at Big Jim’s Barbeque well before the big tepee was added to the lot.  The event grew to a size such that parking became a problem. Read More

Crooked Letter Cycling Unveils New Jersey

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Have you ever wished for a cycling jersey that represents the state of Mississippi? Have you traveled outside the state to take part in a biking event and longed to ride in a jersey that illustrates your home? Now you can!

Crooked Letter Cycling introduces a fashionable and contemporary cycling jersey that depicts a Magnolia State cyclist’s perfect morning: beautiful countryside and whitetail deer peering from a meadow as you pedal by.

The jersey front depicts a sunrise scene; appropriately, the back depicts the same scene on the ride home, the sun higher in the sky.


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Upcoming Cycling Events in the Magnolia State

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According to the little groundhog in the North, we will be experiencing another six weeks of winter. That may make many around the nation shiver, but if we here in the Magnolia State can continue having winter only during the weekdays and spring on the weekend, winter can last a few more weeks!

Hundreds of Mississippians are riding the miles in January! So, what rides and bike events do we have to look forward to in February and early March?

Cyclists participating in Vicksburg's 2014 Bricks and Spokes bike ride.

Tuesday February 17, Vicksburg: Bike Basics Seminar: The seminar will take place at the Vicksburg City Auditorium, located at 901 Monroe Street, starting at 6 p.m. Topic presenters will be Kathie Eagles, a local recreational cyclist; Jeremy Polk, owner of Revolution Mobile Bike Service; and Michelle Williams, publisher of the Crooked Letter Cycling website and blog. Polk will be on location all day, accepting appointments for basic and full-service bike tuneups. To make an appointment with Jeremy directly, please call him by Friday, February 13, at (601) 400-4448. For additional questions, contact Kim Hopkins via email at kimh@vicksburg.org or by phone at 601-634-4527.

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Envisioning a Cycling-Savvy Mississippi: Bike Walk Summit 2015

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bike walk summit logoIt’s well-known among cyclists and bike advocates that Portland, Oregon, is one of the most bicycle friendly communities in the United States. City planners, engineers, and officials around the world know it, too. Portland is the picture of a healthy, livable community. It is a city whose leaders understand the importance of the bicycle—not only for its residents but also for its visitors. People move to Portland because they want to live in a place that is bicycle friendly, they bring their families and they put down roots. In addition, Bicycle tourists flock to Portland because it’s a cyclist’s city. They pour money into Portland’s economy. Portland is proof that “if you build it, they will come”.

Portland was not always the cycling-savvy community that it is today. Twenty years ago, it was an auto-dominated city with very little bike infrastructure. Now it has a well-balanced multimodal transportation system that beckons to cyclists around the world . Read More

Pascagoula’s Fiesta de Cyclovia Saturday November 8

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pascagoula cycloviaI was talking to my friend and fellow bike advocate, Melody Moody just the other day and I was tickled when she told me that Pascagoula, MS would be the second city in Mississippi to hold a Cyclovia!  Oh how I love a Cyclovia!

My avid readers will remember  I was first introduced to cyclovias by my friend Susan from Tucson.  Susan and I had corresponded about the Tuscon closed street festival a few months before Bike Walk Mississippi hosted the first cyclovia in Jackson – Jackson Streets Alive. Read More