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W.C. Handy 3 State Bike Ride

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July 22, 2017 (Saturday)
107 Miles
100 Miles
75 Miles
61 Miles
40 Miles
21 Miles
McFarland Park -200 James M Spain Dr.
Florence, Alabama
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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.

Event Start Location
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.

Course Description
21-Mile Route
40-Mile Route
61-Mile Route
75-Mile Route
100-Mile Route
107-Mile Route

Awards
As the 8th event in the Alabama Backroads Century Series, all century riders will be awarded medals as they finish their ride. www.alabama-backroads-cycling.com

Post Race Activities
Showers will be available at the McFarland Park Camp Ground.Enjoy 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.
 
 

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