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W C Handy Bike Ride

WC Handy Bike Ride

July 20 2019
Florence, Alabama, USA

The WC Handy Festival Three State Bike Ride is the premier cycling event held in "The Shoals" each year. For the second year, it is a part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series.  The ride begins and ends at scenic McFarland Park, on the banks of the Tennessee River near downtown Florence, Alabama. Distance options of 21, 39, 61, 70, 100, and 107 miles are available to suit riders of all ability levels.

The Handy Ride will get underway with a mass start at 7:15am. Leaving the park, all riders will travel two miles on Alabama Highway 20, turn left onto Lauderdale County Road 2, and continue some nine miles to the first rest stop. Those choosing the 21 mile option will turn around here and return to the start.

All other riders will continue westbound on CR2 to the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway. Once on the Parkway, the route turns south and crosses the Tennessee River. A series of rest stops along the Parkway serve as the turnaround points for the various distance options. Because July can be quite hot in northwest Alabama, a total of five rest stops are provided for participants to visit while riding either outbound, inbound, or both. There will also be several SAG vehicles, manned by Shoals Cycling Club members, patrolling the entire route. (Please refer to the "Ride Details" page for further information on rest stops and distance options.)

Back at McFarland Park after the ride, all participants will be treated to a catered BBQ with smoked pulled pork/chickn, tossed salad, baked potato bar, desert  and soft drinks or bottled water. Showers will be available at the park campgrounds.

Participants are further invited to spend at least one night in "The Shoals" and enjoy some of the many musical performances that make up the W.C. Handy Music Festival. The Festival is a week long celebration of the life and music of W.C. Handy, who was born in Florence and is known as the "Father of the Blues." Rated as one of the top 100 events in the nation, the WC Handy Music Festival offers an excellent opportunity to relax and enjoy the blues as played by both local and nationally-known performers.

The WC Handy Three-State Bike Ride has a long and rich tradition, with 2017 being its 33rd edition. Every year, many participants tell us that it is one of the most scenic and best supported rides they've ever done. Please save the date and make plans to join us this year!

WC Handy Bike Ride

 

 
Routes: 21, 39, 61, 70, 100, 107 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
 
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The WC Handy Festival Three State Bike Ride is the premier cycling event held in "The Shoals" each year. The ride begins and ends at scenic McFarland Park, on the banks of the Tennessee River near downtown Florence, Alabama. Distance options of 21, 39, 61, 70, 100, and 107 miles are available to suit riders of all ability levels.

The Handy Ride will get underway with a mass start at 7:15am. Leaving the park, all riders will travel two miles on Alabama Highway 20, turn left onto Lauderdale County Road 2, and continue some nine miles to the first rest stop. Those choosing the 21 mile option will turn around here and return to the start.

Costs

$45 through July 2, 2017

$45 on July 3, 2017 thru day of ride.

What's Included?

Back at McFarland Park after the ride, all participants will be treated to a catered BBQ meal of smoked pulled pork/pulled chicken, tossed salad, baked potato bar, desert and soft drinks or bottled water. Showers will be available at the park campgrounds.

Participants are further invited to spend at least one night in "The Shoals" and enjoy some of the many musical performances that make up the W.C. Handy Music Festival. The Festival is a week long celebration of the life and music of W.C. Handy, who was born in Florence and is known as the "Father of the Blues." Rated as one of the top 100 events in the nation, the WC Handy Music Festival offers an excellent opportunity to relax and enjoy the blues as played by both local and nationally-known performers.

The WC Handy Three-State Bike Ride has a long and rich tradition, with 2017 being its 33rd edition. Every year, many participants tell us that it is one of the most scenic and best supported rides they've ever done. Please save the date and make plans to join us this year!

Prize / Race Categories

As part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series, each rider that completes either the 100 or 107 mile route will recieve a commemorative finishers medallion.

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Registration/Entry On the Day
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
 
Start Address: McFarland Park, 200 James M Spain Drive, Florence, Alabama
 
 
 
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Tag: alabamabackroads
 
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Tag: alabamabackroads
 
Apr 12 2017 - NEWS: Cheaha Challenge reveals strong entry for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series Qualifier
Mar 24 2017 - NEWS: 5th Annual Alabama Backroads Century Series Announced
Feb 12 2016 - NEWS: Alabama Backroads Century Series Announces 2016 Events
Jan 04 2015 - NEWS: Alabama Backroads confirms 2015 Century Series
Feb 18 2014 - NEWS: Cheahaa Challenge Grand Fondo Announces New Routes and New Host for 22nd Annual Bicycle Ride in Alabama
Dec 08 2013 - NEWS: Alabama Backroads 2014 Century Rides Series
Mar 06 2013 - NEWS: 2013 Alabama Statewide Century Series
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Apr 16 2016 - EVENT: Old Howard 100
Apr 08 2017 - EVENT: Tour Autauga
Jun 24 2017 - EVENT: Cycling for Sight
May 05 2018 - EVENT: Spring Krusher
Oct 20 2018 - EVENT: Fenner Ride
Oct 27 2018 - EVENT: Children’s Home Challenge
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May 04 2019 - EVENT: Boll Weevil 100
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Aug 24 2019 - EVENT: North Jefferson Century
Sep 21 2019 - EVENT: All You Can Eat Century