Join us for “one of the most scenic and best supported bike rides” you’ve ever participated in.
Date: July 22, 2017 in Florence, Alabama
The WC Handy Three-State Bike Ride has a long and rich 33 years of tradition touted as 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.
Register Online or At Event
Go on this exciting bike ride by registering online here. A meal and showers will be provided after the ride.
The Handy Ride will get underway with a mass start at 7:15am. 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. (Please refer to the “Ride Details” page for further information on rest stops and distance options.)
Post Ride Lunch: We’ll be having a catered BBQ lunch with smoked pulled pork, smoked pulled chicken, tossed salad, baked potato bar and dessert.