FLORENCE            JULY 21, 2018

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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.

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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!

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An Alabamian was finally drawn as the winner of the Four Corners Gallery shadowbox! Congratulations Bill Stockton!






It’s always a pleasure to send compliments to our Ride Directors and Support Staff after their event. As many of you know, a rider passed away as he was about to finish his 61-mile ride during the Handy 100. Nickey Cardin, 53 years old and from Pulaski, TN was an avid cyclist and loved an adventure.He was mentoring and riding with his nephew; however, with a history of serious heart issues he was prevented from finishing this ride. High tribute goes out to Ride Director David Cumbie and his staff including Timothy Wakefield and others, who immediately went to the hospital to attend to his family’s needs. As you can imagine, a very difficult task and handled with much care and sympathy.


Event – https://ridewithgps.com/events/39082-2017-w-c-handy