FLORENCE JULY 21, 2018
Shoals Cycling Club began many years ago as the Wildwood Rundlers a mountain biking group. To get in better shape for their mountain bike rides, the group began to ride road bikes. Later the name was changed to the Northwest Alabama Cycling Club as some of the riders became interested in racing. In January 2004, the name of the club was changed to the Shoals Cycling Club to link it in a definite way to the “regional name” of the area in which the majority of the members live – “The Shoals.”
In September 2005, the club began a process of reorganization by writing and ratifying a constitution and by-laws and is developing ways to fulfill its mission statement – “Promoting Cycling in Northwest Alabama.”
Across the years, the club has helped to sponsor and organize various rides – most notably the “W. C. Handy Music Festival 3 State Century.” In 2005, the Club was co-sponsor of the first “Muscle Shoals Music Cityfest Ride.”
Shoals Cycling Club is a blend of cyclists with various interests and skill levels. Members of our club are involved in riding road bikes, mountain bikes, and riding for the sheer joy of being on a bicycle. We seek to involve everyone who loves cycling and want to provide the means by which the members can become better cyclists.The W. C. Handy 3 State Bike Ride is the premier cycling event in the Shoals, hosted by the Shoals Cycling Club and benefiting the Music Preservation Society.
The ride is held each year in conjunction with the W. C. Handy Music Festival which is a week long celebration of the life and music of W. W. Handy, “Father of the Blues,” who was born in Florence, Rated as one of the top 100 events in the nation, the Festival is an excellent time to relax and enjoy the blues from leading musicians. Festival Dates: July 20 – 29, 2018 held throughout the Shoals area.
The Music Preservation Society, Inc. is a 501 c (3) non-profit founded in 1982. The W. C. Handy Festival is the premier event though which the society pursues it’s goal to present, preserve, and promote the rich musical heritage of Northwest Alabama.
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Ride Start – McFarland Park – 200 James M Spain Dr, Florence, AL 35630
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2017 W.C.Handy 100 Ride Report
The W.C. Handy was again part of the Handy Music Festival in Florence, celebrating the “Father of the Blues” and the continuance of the Music Preservation Society in the “Shoals” area. This 8th event in the Series was hugely successful with over 400 registered riders. We’ve heard nothing but positive comments about every aspect of the ride including the well-organized Friday night pre-reg at Singin’ River Brewery to the beautiful ride day headquarters at McFarland Park along the banks of the Tennessee River. The wave send-off went smoothly and you can click on the photo below to see photos by Marsha:
Marsha snagged some super group photos before the send-off!
Ricky Pounders was on the road with his camera and captured nearly 300 wonderful photos of cyclists as they pedaled.
Back at McFarland Park after the ride, all participants were treated to a full meal of smoked pulled pork, smoked pulled chicken, tossed salad, baked potato bar, and desert, catered by Jill’s Sweet Memories. Plenty of Buffalo Rock soft drinks and bottled water were iced and ready to cool riders down.
The ABCS Support Staff of Marsha Burt, Terrie Hinton, Faith Stockton, Cheryl Arnold, and Alice Summerford did an awesome job of ringing cowbells, awarding medals, offering ice towels, and taking these hundreds of awards photos!
An Alabamian was finally drawn as the winner of the Four Corners Gallery shadowbox! Congratulations Bill Stockton!
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