Ridgeland Celebrates Cycling All Year Long!
Although May is officially National Bicycle Month, the City of Ridgeland celebrates cycling all year long with many great events and activities. So grab your bike, or rent one in Ridgeland, and enjoy all the fabulous cycling that Ridgeland has to offer for both the serious biker and casual cruiser. We’ve even created a new Ridgeland Self-Guided Bicycle Tour!
Ridgeland is Mississippi’s top cycling destination and a designated Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists and only one of 144 cities in the U.S. to hold this honor. Enjoy the ride on Ridgeland’s 15 miles of multi-use trails.
The Chisha Foka Multi-Use Trail is a great way to experience our National Park treasure, the Natchez Trace Parkway. This trail runs from milepost 95.8 to milepost 105.6 providing nearly 10 miles of paved path. The Chisha Foka Multi-Use Trail gradually slopes and winds through various hardwood and pine trees. Nature enthusiasts will love that each new season brings new sights and smells as different foliage and wildflowers appear. A variety of birds and mammal call this area home, so be on the lookout for them as well. The Chisa Foka is named in honor of the historic Choctaw town that stood where the city of Jackson is today. Chisha Foka (chee-sha-foe-ka) translates to “among the post oaks.” The trail provides users access to the Bill Waller Craft Center and the Barnett Reservoir.
Additional multi-use side trails are located throughout Ridgeland connecting to cafes, shops and hotels. Download a copy of Ridgeland’s recreational trails map here.
There’s even more cycling fun available in our city with Ridgeland’s BMX and mountain biking will thrill adrenaline seekers. Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails offer 10 miles of singletrack rolling hills and rock formations for the beginner and experienced mountain bikers. Get a 2-day visitor pass for $3 at the trailhead kiosk or online at Tri-County Mountain Bike Association. To check trail conditions, call (601) 707-9878. The Magnolia Ridge BMX Track holds practices every Tuesday and Thursday with racing on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, visit magnoliaridgebmx.com or call (601) 572-7716.
Bike Shops in Ridgeland can help you with all your cycling needs! Visit our friends at:
The Bike Crossing (601) 856-0049
Indian Cycle Fitness (601) 899-9755
Bicycle Revolution Mobile Bike Service (601) 400-4448
Free pick-up and delivery; rentals are available for $20 for a half-day or $40 for a full-day.
UPCOMING CYCLING EVENTS you don’t want to miss!
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Natchez Trace Century Ride at Old Trace Park
This annual scenic bike ride on the beautiful and historic Natchez Trace Parkway offers distances of 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles with rest stops and snack stations along the way. Afterward, cyclists are treated to a Rockin’ After the Ride party at Old Trace Park with great food, live music and a bike giveaway! For more information, visit Ridgeland Sports and Events.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Heatwave Classic Triathlon at Old Trace Park
Combine cycling with running and swimming at the 34th Annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon. This year’s race will consist of a ½ mile swim in the Barnett Reservoir, a 27-mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and ending with a 10K run along Ridgeland’s shaded multi-use trails. For more information and registration, visit Ridgeland Sports and Events.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
The Big Biscuit Benefit at Magnolia Ridge BMX Park
This annual race includes a fun crawfish boil! For more info visit Mag Ridge BMX on Facebook. Magnolia Ridge BMX offers free racing and free one-day membership and fun for the whole family! Tuesdays and Thursdays are open practice from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday race sign ups are 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. with racing following.
Friday, Saturday &Sunday, June 14-16, 2019
BMX Gold Cup Qualifier at Magnolia Ridge BMX Park
700 Point Weekend. Friday Night Warnacke Double, Saturday Afternoon Gold Cup Qualifier, Sunday Morning State Race. Dry camping is available at Mag Ridge free of charge. For more info on this event visit them on Facebook. Magnolia Ridge BMX offers free racing and free one-day membership and fun for the whole family. Tuesdays and Thursdays are open practice from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday race sign ups are 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. with racing following.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Bike Your Park Day at Bill Waller Craft Center
Bike Your Park Day 2019 begins at the Bill Waller Craft Center in Ridgeland (formerly the Mississippi Craft Center) at 8:00 a.m. Cyclists of all ages are invited to ride as few or as many miles as they choose before returning to the Craft Center for food and drinks. This is the fourth year Ridgeland has hosted a Bike Your Park Day on the Natchez Trace.
Saturday & Sunday, October 19-20, 2019
Fat Tire Festival and McGee Lungbuster at Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails
Join the Tri-County Mountain Bike Association for this weekend of fun with overnight camping, food trucks and cold beverages, music and more for the entire family. The McGee Lungbuster downhill race is named in honor of Ridgeland’s most avid cyclist, our beloved Mayor Gene McGee. For more info, visit tricountymtb.org.
Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 2019
Spooky ‘Cross Cyclocross Festival
This is the first stop of the Ridgeland Mississippi Cyclocross Series. It’ great racing for all ages, levels and categories with a fun costume competition included! For more info, visit them on Facebook.
Saturday & Sunday, November 23-24, 2019
Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival at Freedom Ridge Park
Benefiting the Mississippi Cyclocross Project, this event serves as a celebration/graduation of the program which provides free curriculum based training sessions for eight weeks to help empower, develop principles and values, good sportsmanship, attitude and teamwork among youth of all ages and ability levels. For more info, visit Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 3-5, 2020
Art Wine & Wheels Weekend at Renaissance at Colony Park
The 12th annual Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival also known as Ridgeland’ Art Wine & Wheels Weekend offers a juried art show, music, the Sante South Wine Festival, the Run Now Wine Later 5K, and the Cheers & Gears Ride for cyclists to enjoy Ridgeland’s bike paths and county-wide cycling routes. For more info, visit Cheers and Gears and Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival.