Hello 2016! Events, Rides and Tours

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Happy New Year Cycling Friends!

The Crooked Letter Cycling Blog and I have been on an extended vacation since I took a seasonal position with VBT (Vermont Bicycle Tours). I am happy to be back at the computer and will have more blogs coming soon!

However, I wanted to share the 2016 Crooked Letter Cycling Calendar with you now! It contains rides all across the state of Mississippi as well as a few popular rides across the south.

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Go ahead and pick at least one ride that is outside of your comfort zone and start mentally and physically preparing for it.

If you are a beginner, set your sights on the 25 mile ride at the Natchez Trace Century Ride May 7 or the 20 mile route at Bikes Blues & Bayous in August. If you are already a casual cyclist, I hope to see you at JMC’s First Flora Ride March 5.

Have you ever completed a tour? Check out Louisiana’s Cycle Zydeco or find Frank Jarmin and ask him about RAGBRAI!

Looking for a new adventure out of state? Search the calendar by by state in the search field. We have events included from Arkansas, Alabama, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee.

If you have never completed a century ride, it should be on your 2016 goals. Even if you don’t own a bike right now, we have enough century rides scheduled for anyone to train for one before the year is out.

I know I am missing several rides that have not been confirmed for late summer and fall of 2016. If you are the organizer of a ride and would like to have it listed on the calendar please contact me!

2016 is going to be a great cycling year! What event are you most looking forward to? How many of the in-state rides do you think you will participate in?

Mississippi’s Most Family Friendly Biking Event

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Did you know that mountain biking is one of the most family friendly activities?

My favorite mountain bike event, the 8th annual Fat Tire Festival and McGee LungBUSTER race will be held this weekend.  Held out at the Ridgeland trails at 521 Giles Lane, be prepared  for a weekend filled with good food, good times, and bikes!

Kids race during the 2014 Fat Tire Festival. Photo by Matthew Sullivan

Kids race during the 2014 Fat Tire Festival. Photo by Matthew Sullivan

Last year, Grandson #1 and I took our bikes out to the trails to enjoy the activities. We were greeted by dozens of kids, ages 2-14, all riding their bikes. The main attraction for the younger kids is the pump track. A pump track is a continuous dirt berm with small rolling hills. The kids were able to ride on it with balance bikes and traditional pedal bikes. Amazingly, all of the kids were able to ride in the pump track without running over each other. Grandson #1 became so obsessed by the pump track that he would not stop long enough to eat! Read More

Natchez Trace 444 Ultra-Cycling Event

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The Natchez Trace Parkway, our nation’s longest National Roadway is one of America’s favorite cycling destinations. Cyclists from all over the world travel to the south just to ride their bikes on “the Trace” as we call it. It is common to see people riding their bikes loaded with camping gear along the Trace, especially in the spring and fall when the temperatures are most comfortable. Often, when others find out I live near the Trace, they exclaim that riding the Trace is on their bucket list. Locally, many of us have taken the time to craft our own tours on the Trace. Some of us are still wishing to do so.

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Sunrise on the Natchez Trace overlooking Choctaw Agency rest stop.

Many cyclists plan to ride the whole thing in 7 days riding approximately 60 miles a day.

But, what if I told you that there is a biking event coming up on Friday October 2 where the participants will be riding the whole 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez in 42 hours or less. Read More

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