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Let’s Ride: Fall Cycle Season is Here!

It’s time to take to two wheels as Ridgeland’s fall cycle season kicks off with the 14th Annual McGee Lungbuster Fat Tire Festival  Friday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails.

One of Mississippi’s best kept secrets, the Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails offer another side of Mississippi outdoors that you may be surprised to see! With winding trails through hills and rock formations, these pristine trails provide ten miles of fast singletrack that both beginner and experienced cyclists love to shred. Register to race Saturday and Sunday or just come hang out and jam with the live music on Saturday!

Wanting a mix of off- and on-road cycling? Check out the Spooky ‘Cross cyclocross event October 30-31 and Cyclocross Festival November 20-21.

Just what is Cyclocross, you may ask? Way back in the 1900s, Europeans developed cyclocross as a way for road racers to stay fit during the fall and winter seasons. Cyclocross courses are usually 1.5 to 2-mile loops on both paved and off-road surface over flat-to-rolling terrain where obstacles require the riders to dismount and run while carrying their bikes. It’s this combination of cycling, carrying, running and scrambling over obstacles that make cyclocross a great workout and a whole lot of fun – for kids and grown-ups alike!

These outdoor, social-distanced, fresh-air races are FREE for kids making for a fabulous way to spend a fall weekend.

Here are the details:

MCGEE LUNGBUSTER – October 16-17  

    • Location: Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails, 521 Giles Ln, Madison, MS 39110
    • Online Registration: https:/www.bikereg.com/mcgee-lungbuster
    • Cost: Kids race free! Adults $35 registration
    • Saturday Activities:
      • Free Kids Fun Race at 1 p.m
      • LIVE Music by Jason Turner at 4 p.m. and the Kudzu Kings at 6 p.m

SPOOKY ‘CROSS – October 30-31 

    • Location: Mag Ridge BMX Track 338 NE Madison Dr, Ridgeland, MS  39157
    • Online Registration (closes October 24 at 11:59 pm): www.bikereg.com/spookycrossridgeland
    • On-site Registration: will close 30 minutes prior to the start of each race (extra $10)
    • Cost: Kids race free! Adults $10 for first-timers and $35 for repeat participants (see website for info on USA Cycling license and/or 1-Day License – All participants ages 10-14 and under the age of 9 must have license.)
    • Activities: Free Face Painting for Kids from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and food trucks! KIDS WEAR YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN COSTUME FOR THE RACES!

RIDGELAND CYCLOCROSS FESTIVAL – November 20-21

  • Location: Freedom Ridge Park. 235 West School Street, Ridgeland, Mississippi.
  • Online Registration (closes November 21 at 11:59 pm): www.bikereg.com/ridgelandcxfest
  • On-site Registration: will close 30 minutes prior to the start of each race (extra $10)
  • Cost: Kids race free! Adults $10 for first-timers and $35 for repeat participants (see website for info on USA Cycling license and/or 1-Day License – All participants ages 10-14 and under the age of 9 must have license.)
  • Activities: Free Face Painting for Kids from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and food trucks!
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