Sign up for the Natchez Trace Century Ride and Bike Rodeo

From Ridgeland Parks and Recreation: Go the distance this spring at the Natchez Trace Century Ride in Ridgeland and enjoy a scenic bike ride through the beautiful countryside in Madison and Rankin counties, then finish up on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway.

The ride will take place 7 a.m. on Saturday and will start at the Ridgeland Recreational Center. With your choice of distances from 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles, it is perfect for all ages and ability levels. Sign up the whole family. Routes have changed this year, so be sure to visit the event website for an interactive map.

A registration fee of $45 includes Welcome Party on Friday evening, ride, event t-shirt post-ride meal and post-ride social. We have partnered with Ridgeland Tourism Commission this year to add “Ridgeland Rockin’ after the Ride,” our post-ride social. During the post-ride social RTC will give away a new Roubaix Bike. Only registered Natchez Trace Century Ride participants are eligible for drawing.

For more information on the ride, contact Ridgeland Recreation and Parks at 601-853-2011 or go to www.ridgelandms.org. The Natchez Trace Century Ride is presented by Indian Cycle and The Bike Rack.

Bring your bike and helmet and join Jayce Powell and friends from Indian Cycle 9-11 a.m. on Saturday at Old Trace Park for the annual Bike Rodeo. Activities will include an obstacle course, bike decorating, a bike parade and other fun bike activities. This year’s Bike Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the Natchez Trace Century Ride. Registration is NOT required for the Bike Rodeo but IS required to participate in the Natchez Trace Century Ride.

For more information on the Bike Rodeo, contact Jayce Powell at Indian Cycle, 601-956-8383. For more information on the Natchez Trace Century Ride, visit www.natchezcenturyride.racesonline.com or call 601-853-2011.

(I rode in the Century Ride two years ago. Aside from a sore body, me and dad had a great time!)

My father Richard and I on our first and only Century Ride in 2011.

My father Richard and I on our first and only Century Ride in 2011.

It wasn't easy taking this picture while riding on The Trace. We did 50 miles!

It wasn’t easy taking this picture while riding on The Trace. We did 50 miles!

My pops with Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee before the start of the Century Ride in 2011.

My pops with Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee before the start of the Century Ride in 2011.

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