Natchez Trace brings on impulse epic bike ride
Have you ever thought to yourself that there has just got to be a place that has perfect scenery and weather for an epic bike ride, well so did Chris B.
“I had intended to ride 62 miles, which is 100 kilometers,” Chris Blount of Madison said. “But at about Mile 48 — where we faced the turnoff to complete 62 miles or go in a different direction to do the full 100 miles — I impulsively went for the hundred.
Blount will never forget opting for the 100-mile ride at the last possible moment.
Because the annual Natchez Trace Century Ride is not a sanctioned cycling event with prize money and rating points on the line, entrants can sign up for distances of 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles, but choose mid-race to ride longer.
“(Ridge land) Mayor (Gene) McGee was in the group I was riding (with), and I was out of my league — that last 20 miles was brutal. But I just tried to focus on the Mayor and followed him in. I was hungry for four days — ate everything in sight but couldn’t get full.”
Set for Saturday, May 7 at Old Trace Park in Ridge land, the Century Ride is presented by The Bike Crossing and Ridge land Recreation and Parks. It begins at 7 a.m. and will take the 100-mile cyclist across the Ross Barnett Reservoir and into Pelahatchie before riders head back toward Canton and the eventual loop back to Ridge land. All four courses begin and end at Old Trace Park.
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We highly appreciate the recommendation about this tour, we had a fantastic time.