FLORENCE            JULY 22, 2017

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$45 now thru July 2nd. Goes to up to $55 after.

First 500 registered will receive the event t-shirt with the 2017 Handy Festival design on the front. Sign up early to get your size!

Jerseys/Kit are ready for order! We have a complete kit available from Primal. Men’s/Women’s Sport Cut Jerseys are $64.00. Men’s/Women’s Race Cut Jerseys are $72.00. Ladies Sleeveless Jersey is $64.00. Men’s/Women’s Evo Bibs are $104.00. Men’s/Women’s Evo Shorts are $100.00. Final deadline order date is 5/24. We’ll take delivery from Primal in time to have them available in your ride packet.

You can order via the on-line registration link at CCNBikes.com.



The WC Handy Festival Three State Bike Ride is the premier cycling event held in “The Shoals” each year. The ride begins and ends at scenic McFarland Park, on the banks of the Tennessee River near downtown Florence, Alabama. Distance options of 21, 39, 61, 70, 100, and 107 miles are available to suit riders of all ability levels.  In its 33rd year, the Handy 100 will kick off a week of Shoals musical celebration at the Handy Music Festival.

The Handy Ride will get underway with a mass start at 7:15 am. Leaving the park, all riders will travel two miles on Alabama Highway 20, turn left onto Lauderdale County Road 2, and continue some nine miles to the first rest stop. Those choosing the 21 mile option will turn around here and return to the start.

All other riders will continue westbound on CR2 to the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway. Once on the Parkway, the route turns south and crosses the Tennessee River. A series of rest stops along the Parkway serve as the turnaround points for the various distance options. Because July can be quite hot in northwest Alabama, a total of five rest stops are provided for participants to visit while riding either outbound, inbound, or both. There will also be several SAG vehicles, manned by Shoals Cycling Club members, patrolling the entire route.

Back at McFarland Park after the ride, all participants will be treated to a full meal with Buffalo Rock soft drinks or bottled water. Showers will be available at the park campgrounds.    screen-shot-2017-02-28-at-7-26-18-pm

W.D. Handy Music Festival

Participants are further invited to spend at least one night in “The Shoals” and enjoy some of the many musical performances that make up the W.C. Handy Music Festival. The Festival is a week long celebration of the life and music of W.C. Handy, who was born in Florence and is known as the “Father of the Blues.” Rated as one of the top 100 events in the nation, the WC Handy Music Festival offers an excellent opportunity to relax and enjoy the blues as played by both local and nationally-known performers.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Registration booth will be open between 6 am and 8 am.

Mass Start at 7:15 a.m. Aid stations will close at 3 p.m. Route closes at 4 p.m.

Start Location:
Start/finish at McFarland Park in Florence.  200 James M Spain Dr.  MAP

A meal and showers after the ride.

Click here for NEARBY MOTELS.

Handy Festival Office (256) 766-7642

Colbert County Tourism (256) 383-0783

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at (256) 740-4141 or (888) 356-8687

Post Ride Lunch……we heard you loud and clear! Ditched the pizza! Instead, we’ll be having a catered BBQ lunch with smoked pulled pork, smoked pulled chicken, tossed salad, baked potato bar, and desert. The caterer is Jill’s Sweet Memories. This is Jill and Mike Larkin. Mike is the son of Larry “Old Man” Larkin, who died in a solo cycling accident in 2011.




Had a great time signing in 233 century-riders!

If there was ever a doubt that the Series was reaching the goal of increasing interest in long-distance cycling, the W. C. Handy ride was clear proof that it’s working!  More than doubling past numbers, the Handy 100 had 233 Centurions out of 469 riders.  We’re typically seeing half of the total number choose the century route and Handy followed the formula.

Photographer Rose Gacula did an exceptional job of capturing hundred of beautiful photos which can be seen on our Facebook page. Here is our Ride4Gabe team preparing for the start of their journey from Maine to Alabama, raising funds and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ride4gabe.com

Award photos will be posted on the W.C. Handy page during the week as we prepare for our next event, the Hot Hundred in Tuscaloosa…please be patient.  Centurion names are posted to the right and as always, we welcome corrections. Please writebamabackroads@gmail.com and we’ll get it done asap.

North Alabama Express minus Emmett Hernandez!


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A huge congratulations to all of our Handy riders achieving their goals on a typically hot Alabama day and a BIG thank you to the Series and event support teams!