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.
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 14.76 miles of Multi-Use Trail and 9 miles of bicycle lanes. The Multi-Use Trail provides users access to the Mississippi Craft Center, the Barnett Reservoir and our National Park treasure, The Natchez Trace Parkway. Side trails lead to cafes, shops and hotels.
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; there’s The Bike Crossing (601) 856-0049 and Indian Cycle Fitness at (601) 899-9755. For bike rentals, there’s Bicycle Revolution Mobile Bike Service at (601) 400-4448 with 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, June 16, 2018
Olympic Day 2018 at Magnolia Ridge BMX
Free racing and free one-day membership and fun for the whole family! Registration from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
Saturday, October 13 & Sunday, October 14, 2018
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, October 28, 2018
Fondo Cycling Series USA at Old Trace Park
Attracting both recreational and competitive cyclists who complete one of three distances: 30 miles, 50 miles or 75 miles. While more recreational in nature, several timed sections along each route offer a competitive element for cyclists looking for a challenge. In the end, it’s all about personal achievement and a great party with live music, food trucks and a craft beer festival. For more info, visit Fondo Cycling Series USA/Ridgeland.
Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18, 2018
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.
Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7, 2019
Art Wine & Wheels Weekend at Renaissance at Colony Park
A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event and part of the 11th annual Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Art Wine & Wheels Weekend offers a juried art show, music, the Sante South Wine Festival, the Run Now Wine Later 5K, and a special event for cyclists to enjoy Ridgeland’s bike paths and county-wide cycling routes. For more info, visit Facebook Ridgeland Tandem Rally or Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Natchez Trace Century Ridge at Old Trace Park
This 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 Renaissance at Colony Park with great food, music and a bike giveaway! For more information, visit Ridgeland Sports and Events.