The 15th Anniversary of the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour is set for Saturday, Oct. 15 at Jackson State Community College. The event includes bicycle road tours varying in length from 14 to 100 miles. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jackson State scholarship fund and Friends of Chickasaw and Pinson Mounds State Parks.
The routes on the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour are designed for beginners to advanced riders. There is a 14-mile family fun ride, 32-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile routes. The 100-mile century route will take cyclists through Chickasaw and Pinson Mounds State Parks. For completing this route, cyclists will receive a commemorative patch.
Registration begins at 6 a.m. in the lobby of the Gymnasium at Jackson State. There will be a welcome ceremony beginning at 7:45 a.m. and cyclists will begin the tour at 8 a.m. The fee for the ride is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Families can participate together on the 14-mile family fun ride for $35 per family.
The registration fee includes a bagel breakfast, lunch from Chik-Fil-A, t-shirts for the first 100 registrants, and a goody bag. Each registered rider is also eligible for a special door prize drawing. Registration form, maps, and more details are available at www.bagelsandbluegrass.tn.org.
Dr. Kent Jones, a cycling enthusiast, first organized Bagels and Bluegrass out of his passion for the sport. Eventually, he focused the event on raising much-needed funds for two causes near and dear to him, Jackson State Community College and our area state parks. Though Dr. Jones no longer rides, he remains actively involved in the planning of this annual event.
For more information about the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour event, call 731-616-7474.