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Local Rides

 

There are many local rides in the Jackson Metro area that riders of all fitness and skill levels can participate in.  The best place for a beginning or active cyclist to find rides is through the Facebook community.  Numerous local groups provide a tremendous array of listings and ride opportunities with a chance to correspond about place, time, pace and availability.  The chief Facebook groups are:

•           Madison/Ridgeland Cycling

•           Germantown Cycling

•           Clinton Cycling

•           Rankin County Riders

•           Jackson Metro Cyclists

•           Vicksburg Bike Recs


Detailed below is an overview of the local rides that take place during the week.  To find the ride that’s right for you, we’ve tried to provide you with some general information on each ride. 


If you are new to cycling or are unsure of your fitness or skill level, we recommend choosing a lower level ride.


A
Select Riders.  24+ MPH average.  Fast energetic riding with excellent bike handling skills.  Excellent pace line skills are required.  Riders participating in these fast-paced rides are expected to be self-sufficient and able to navigate on their own if dropped.


B
Very Fast Riders.  21+ MPH average.  Fast energetic riding with above average bike handling skills.  Excellent pace line skills are required.  Riders participating in these rides are expected to be self-sufficient and able to navigate on their own if dropped.


C
Fast Riders.  18+ MPH average.  Brisk riding with good bike handling skills.  Pace line skills are required.  Riders participating in these rides are expected to be self-sufficient and able to navigate on their own if dropped.


D
Intermediate Riders.  15+ MPH average.  Moderate riding with basic bike handling skills.  Some pace line skills required.  Typical rides are either “No Drop” or “Regroup”.


E
Beginner Riders.  12+ MPH average.  For riders just starting out.  Typical rides are either “No Drop” or “Regroup”.


Monday


Yandell Step Down – D (Intermediate)


Starting March 13th, the Yandell Step Down is hosted by The Bike Crossing (TBC) in Ridgeland.  This ride is designed for intermediate riders who want to ride at a controlled pace.  The goal of this ride is to help riders improve their paceline skills and overall fitness.  Riders participating in this ride are expected to ride at the pace of the group.  It’s not about speed.

The ride starts at TBC at 6pm with a social afterwards at Lost Pizza.  The route is 28.75 miles with an elevation gain of 930 feet.  Here is the link to the route.


http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1450926946


Contact Scott at The Bike Crossing at 601.856.0049 for more information.


Tuesday


Parkway Ride – A (Select) to E (Beginner)


Starting in late March, this local ride leaves at 6pm from Sunny Orchard Dr. in Madison.  This is an out and back route, so although technically a Drop ride, feel free to ride at a pace that is safe and comfortable for you.


Make sure to bring a chair and hang out after the ride.


This local ride is well attended and is a good fun ride.  The route is approximately 20 miles in length with an elevation gain of 457 feet.


Check the Madison/Ridgeland and Germantown Cycling Facebook pages for weekly updates.


The "Lawyers" Ride – A (Select) to B (Very Fast)


Starts at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday from the parking of The Bike Crossing.  This is a very fast paced ride and above bike handling skills are required.  The ride will split into a "A" group and "B" group at some point. Riders will leave TBC and warm up on the trail and the ride will start proper once turning on to Old Agency. Because this is a “Drop” ride, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the route beforehand.  Here is a link to the route.


https://www.strava.com/routes/7858460


Contact Scott at The Bike Crossing at 601.856.0049 for more information.


Thursday


The "Lawyers" Ride – A (Select) to B (Very Fast)


Starts at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday from the parking of The Bike Crossing.  This is a very fast paced ride and above bike handling skills are required.  The ride will split into a "A" group and "B" group at some point. Riders will leave TBC and warm up on the trail and the ride will start proper once turning on to Old Agency. Because this is a “Drop” ride, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the route beforehand.  Here is a link to the route.


https://www.strava.com/routes/7858460


Contact Scott at The Bike Crossing at 601.856.0049 for more information.


Soulshine Ride – A (Select) to C (Fast)


Starting in late March, this local ride leaves at 6pm from behind the Soulshine Pizza Factory in Ridgeland.  This 20 mile route has an elevation gain of 798 feet and has several sharp challenging hills.  It should be noted that this route travels on Hwy 463 for approximately ¼ of a mile.  This ride typically breaks up into multiple groups.  While the slower groups may regroup, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the route beforehand.  Here is a link to the route.


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19506401


Make sure to bring a chair and hang out after the ride.


Check the Madison/Ridgeland and Germantown Cycling Facebook pages for weekly updates.


Encouragement Ride – E (Beginner)


The Encouragement Ride is a social and talking paced ride that leaves from the Germantown High School parking lot on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.  This 10 mile route have minimal elevation changes and is an excellent ride for anyone just starting out.  Here is a link to the route.

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1482220852

Check the Madison/Ridgeland and Germantown Cycling Facebook pages for weekly updates.


Saturday


Germantown – B (Fast) to C (Intermediate)


Germantown typically has two routes of 30 and 42 miles.  The 30 mile route is a modified “no rider left behind” ride where riders stop at known points to regather.  The average pace is 15-18 mph with stops every 5-10 miles.  Water is available on the 30 mile route, and the 42 mile route stops at a convenience store along to route for water and snacks.  The 30 mile route has an elevation gain of 857 feet, and the 42 mile route has an elevation gain of 1,357 feet.  Here are the links to the routes.


30 Mile Route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15445207

40 Mile Route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15445257


Make sure to bring a chair and hang out after the ride.

Start times vary with the seasons and the weather, so check the Germantown Cycling Facebook page for weekly updates.


Hartman Ride – B (Fast) to C (Intermediate)


On Saturday, David Hartman hosts a ride.  Routes vary, so keep an eye on the Madison/Ridgeland Cycling and Rankin County Riders Facebook pages for David’s posts detailing each week’s ride.


Sunday


Lake Caroline – B (Fast) to C (Intermediate)


The Lake Caroline ride typically starts from the Mermaid Café at 2pm.  It is a 27 mile out and back ride with several “Regroup” points along the route.  The elevation gain on this route is 857 feet.  While most treat this ride as a recovery ride, there are several sections of the route where people like to “open it up” in the flats.  Here is the link to the route.


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19503602


Make sure to bring a chair and hang out after the ride.


Start times vary with the seasons and the weather, so check the Germantown Cycling Facebook page for weekly updates.


Hartman Ride – B (Fast) to C (Intermediate)


On Sunday, David Hartman hosts a ride.  Routes vary, so keep an eye on the Madison/Ridgeland Cycling and Rankin County Riders Facebook pages for David’s posts detailing each week’s ride.