Natchez Trace Century bike ride finally completed after being Postponed Twice
The first time it was canceled due to the pandemic in early May and the second time from Hurricane Delta!
Cyclists from all over the country came along to Ridgeland, Mississippi to ride the Trace to promote tourism.
Riders said they were glad the event moved to a time where people felt more comfortable and were more cautious.
Due to the coronavirus/COVID 19, Natchez Trace Century Ride made modifications to create the safest possible conditions for riders, volunteers and staff.
For many riders, it was the first group ride since Mid-March. The years ride was restricted to the first 500 cyclists who registered in advance.
Wendy Bourdin from the City of Ridgeland commented "We're just happy to be able to put the event on and welcome cyclists from 14 over states who have come along to support us!"
The main difference was this years after party the “Ridgeland Rockin’ after the Ride”, presented by Ridgeland Tourism Commission, had to be postponed due to current social distancing rules. It's usually a celebration after a successful ride with culinary delights, toe-tapping music and stories to take home. There are door prizes galore and the chance to win the grand prize giveaway of a bike. It should hopefully be back in next Spring's edition.
Nancy Phillips who rode the event said, "I love riding on the Trace, the event is well organized and the Swag extra special and people are super friendly! I wasn't concerned about taking part, everyone was wearing masks, we were far enough apart, especially when riding, we were able to remove our masks."
Bob Collins from Georgia said, "I'm 85 years old and trying to stay fit - I love it!"
Wendy Bourdin from the City of Ridgeland went on to say "A lot or people were stuck inside earlier this year, so it was great to see everyone outside enjoying the ride and looking after their mental health."
The Natchez Trace Century Ride is quickly becoming the cycling event in Mississippi. Typically held every Spring, last year over 700 cyclists jump started their cycling season while discovering the small town charm and hospitality and pedaling on stretches of the national scenic byway. The ride starts and ends in Ridgeland and provides an experience for riders of all ages and abilities.
With a choice of distances from 8, 25, 50, 62, 67 and 100 miles with mild to moderate elevation, it is a great ride to find your stride with support along the route. There are “energizer” stops, with food and refreshments every 10-15 miles.
Chapeau to Wendy Bourdin from the City of Ridgeland and Ridgeland Tourism Commission and all the riders who turned out to support the ride. Roll on 2021!
For more information on the 2021 Natchez Trace bike ride next Spring, please visit: https://ridgelandsportsandevents.com/natchez-trace-century-ride