FLORENCE JULY 21, 2018
If you missed out on the Handy jersey order, be sure to let them know and a 2nd order will most likely be available. You can contact the Ride Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
The primary design feature of the 2018 Handy jerseys is the fleur-de-lis, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the City of Florence being held this year.
W.C. HANDY RIDE REPORT – 2018
When you have a Ride Director as dedicated to an event as David Cumbie and backed up by members of an outstanding club like Shoals Cycling, it is no wonder that the W.C. Handy Ride was presented in such a professional way. Details and coordination seemed flawless beginning with pre-registration and packet pickup at their new Academy Sports store and at Florence/Lauderdale Tourism.
Friday morning saw the arrival of many coolers, Buffalo Rock products, a large party tent, and ICE at McFarland Park Headquarters.
A tornado watch was issued late Friday evening but most of us didn’t even see a drop of rain and Ride Day greeted us with a nice breeze off the Tennessee River. 15 states were represented with a final count of 380 cyclists rolling out. A main organizer, Shawn McDowell shared these great photos at headquarters and on the road and Rest Stops:
There were a few surprises awaiting cyclists at the rest stops including huge industrial fans and bike racks as well as a generous supply of energy snacks, water, Gatorade, and ICE! SAG vehicles were well marked and drivers ready to assist.
We noticed many of you sporting your Primal Wear jerseys from past rides plus quite a few wearing CHAMPION jerseys.
If you’ve done quite a few of our Series rides, you know that after taking your photo, we ask you to turn around so we can get another of your bib number. We figure these guys had planned and chuckled about their hind-side pose all the way back in on their ride!
A FEW GROUP PHOTOS AT MCFARLAND PARK:
W.C. Handy Centurions are listed to the right. Let us know if you see any mistakes at email@example.com
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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The century routes include a significant amount of mileage on the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway. It is a designated bicycle route and many people come from all over the country to ride it. The roads are in excellent condition but do not have a wide shoulder. Traffic is light. No dogs to chase; you may see various wildlife including turkeys, foxes, deer, turtles, and the occasional “roadkill.”
Trace regulations call for riding single file in small groups. Motorists are instructed to give the cyclist the full lane when passing. Please adhere to the single file regulation as much as possible. The course will be patrolled by Park Rangers. They are concerned about your safety. Their reasoning about the single file is that with the narrow shoulders, it is safer for cyclists……it’s confusing because the signs say the cyclist can have the full lane….but they still want you single file.
Also, it’s in our permit that all riders have flashing lights, front and rear. They aren’t as big a stickler on this, but please at least have a rear flashing light. If you have been thinking about getting a front light, this would be a great time; the Spinning Spoke in Florence has a supply (not sure how many!)
Thursday Pre-Reg & Packet Pickup, July 19th-Academy Sports-113 S Cox Creek Pkwy, Florence, AL 35630
Friday, July 20th- Packet Pickup/Registration on Friday night. Instead of at the brewery as in past years, this will be held at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism facility, 200 Jim Spain Drive, Florence. 5:30 until 8:00. This is at McFarland Park near Ride Start.
Ride Start – McFarland Park – 200 James M Spain Dr, Florence, AL 35630
6am-8am Registration. Roll out begins at 7:00 Meal by Jill Larkin Sweet Memories, rated as one of the finest meals in the 2017 Series! Yes, showers available after the ride.
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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