about the race

Kent Jones Bicycle Century Tour is a bicycle ride featuring Southwest Tennessee's State Parks and scenic roads. The 100 mile route has a total climb of greater than 7,000 feet. There is a 5k run for non-cyclists. The day begins with a breakfast of bagels at the staging area located at Jackson State Community College, on the corner of State Highway 412 (Parkway) and US 70 in Jackson, Tennessee. Featured stops on the bicycle ride include Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area, the largest Middle Woodland Indian Complex in the Southeast, consisting of at least 15 earthen mounds; and Chickasaw State Park, near Henderson, Tennessee. End the day with dinner at the college.

registration / directions

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Registration

Headquarters for the ride will be Jackson State Community College, at 2046 N. Parkway in Jackson, Tennessee. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. Bicycle rides start at 8:00 am for all bicycle routes. The bicycle ride registration fee is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Families participating in the Family Fun Ride will only be charged $40.00. The 5K run registration fee is $25. Registration includes official ride information and maps, breakfast, SAG stops with refreshments, and dinner. MEALS ARE PROVIDED AT NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPANTS! COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRTS are given to the first 100 paid riders. Proceeds from this event will go toward a JSCC scholarship fund, as well as a portion to Friends of Chickasaw State Park and Pinson Mounds State Park.

Pre-registered riders may pick up packets at the registration area.

Directions

Jackson State Community College is located on the corner of State Highway 412 and US 70 in Jackson, Tennessee. Automobiles may be left at the Community College for the day in a designated parking area. Registration will be held in the lobby of the gymnasium on the west end of the campus.

Information regarding routes and support will be available at registration the day of the event. Showers will also be available for use if needed.

To pre-register for the event, return the attached registration form with a check to Kent Jones Bicycle Century Tour to the following address:

Tourism Association of Southwest Tennessee
P.O. Box 10543
Jackson, Tennessee 38308

Lodging/Links

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Links

Lodging

  • America’s Best Value Inn; 220 Vann Drive; 731-668-0808
  • All Suites Hotel; 541 Carriage House Drive; 731-668-6000
  • Baymont Inn; 465 Vann Drive. 731-661-9995
  • Best Western; 1936 Hwy. 45 Bypass; 731-664-3030
  • Comfort Inn; 40 International Cove; 731-421-2711
  • Comfort Suites; 61 Casey Jones Lane; 731-868-1700
  • Country Inn and Suites; 1935 Emporium Drive; 731-660-0077
  • Courtyard by Marriott; 200 Campbell Oaks Drive; 731-422-1818
  • Days Inn; 919 Highway 45 Bypass; 731-668-3444
  • Days Inn; 2239 Hollywood Dr.; 731-668-4840
  • Doubletree Hotel; 1770 Highway 45 Bypass; 731-664-6900
  • EconoLodge Inn; 1890 Highway 45 Bypass; 731-664-4312
  • Hampton Inn; 150 Campbell Oaks Drive; 731-427-6100
  • Holiday Inn Express; 55 Parkstone Place; 731-736-1174
  • Howard Johnson; 1292 Vann Drive; 800-526-3766
  • Quality Inn; 535 Wiley Parker Road; 731-668-1400
  • Residence Inn; 126 Old Medina Crossing; 731-935-4100
  • Roadway Inn; 1963 Highway 45 Bypass; 731-668-4100

Safety Rules and Liability Waiver

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Safety Rules

  1. All riders must wear an ANSI or Snell-Approved helmet.  Failure to wear secured helmet will result in expulsion.  Other gear to consider:  water bottles, cycling gloves, rearview mirror, extra tubes, patch kit, air pump (frame), tire irons, handlebar or seat bag, bike lock, sunscreen, personal first aid kit, rain gear, insect repellant.
  2. Riders are reminded to obey all traffic signs and signals. 
  3. Do not attempt routes that are beyond your capabilities. 
  4. Keep bicycle in good condition.  Check for loose/worn parts regularly.
  5. Persons riding upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast and shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.  Ride on the right-hand side of the road with traffic.
  6. Pass cyclists on the left side only.
  7. Signal all turns well in advance;  keep both hands on the handlebars when executing a turn.
  8. No headphones are permitted during the ride.
  9. Wear bright colors for visibility.  Avoid loose fitting clothing that might get caught in spokes or the chain.
  10. Ride defensively and in a predictable manner.  Stay alert.  Watch out for speeding drivers.  Keep traffic flowing by helping drivers pass you in a safe manner.
  11. Before starting descents or long downgrades, make sure brakes, cables, tires and wheels are in good condition and load is secure.
  12. Use your water bottle to scare dogs that chase you.
  13. Because this is a family event to encourage health and fitness, no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Health Tips

  1. Make sure water bottles are full of fresh water. Drink plenty of liquids to replenish lost body fluids.  Juices will replace lost potassium.
  2. Do stretching exercises or knee bends before starting out to prevent muscle spasms.
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Waiver of Liability

In consideration of the acceptance of my entry, I , the undersigned participant, for myself, my family members, heirs, administrators, personal representatives, successors and assigns hereby fully release, discharge and hold harmless the Kent Jones Bicycle Century Tour and 5k planning committee and its assisting organizations, Jackson State Community College, Jackson and Madison County, any sponsors, owners and operators of motor vehicles and officers, directors, employees volunteers or lessors of any of the foregoing persons or entities from any and all liability, whether resulting from negligence of any aspect of the Kent Jones Bicycle Century Tour and 5k, whether a pre-ride, post-ride activity or the ride itself. I also expressly covenant with the aforementioned persons and entities not to sue any such persons and entities for any such activity, including the negligence of any such persons or entities. I certify and represent by my application for entry that my physical condition is adequate to participate safely in the Kent Jones Bicycle Century Tour and 5k and hereby acknowledge the above persons and entities have no obligation to provide medical care and have not undertaken the responsibility to do so. In the event that I receive medical care as a result of a medical emergency, I hereby consent to such care and fully release the person(s) providing such care from any and all liability, whether resulting from negligence or otherwise. I authorize and consent to, whether by videotape, film, newsprint, written advertisement, or otherwise, of any materials containing my name or picture and I release any sponsors and all persons acting under authority from any claims I might have due to initial or subsequent publication of any such materials or photographs. I hereby certify I have fully read and understand for foregoing release, waiver and covenant not to sue, and sign it voluntarily. I also agree to wear a helmet at all times during the ride.

*Every rider will sign this waiver at the registration table on the day of the event. No rider will be allowed to participate until the waiver has been signed.

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