Recumbent Rally and Convention Planning
The Rally Committee has done the hard work to set a date and a place! The dates of the Rally events are May 1-9, and the center of events is Flowood, Mississippi. While no date will be perfect for all, early May provides optimum weather and fewer holiday conflicts. Mississippi seems to be a center of recumbent activity for the entire Southeast, if not the entire USA, and the growth of cycling infrastructure is most prevalent in Flowood, Mississippi. So now the fun begins!
Here is a skeleton of the event agenda. We have been ambitious in planning events for everyone, so you will have some choices to make. We need help to implement all of these activities and we expect many of you will volunteer!
Friday, May 1:
Workshop Clinic at 3, Short Bay Ride at 4, Welcome Dinner at 7, including keynote speaker.
Saturday, May 2:
Metric Century from the RideSouth shop or Ridgeland Century from Ridgeland. Both rides include the scenic Natchez Trace, begin at 7 and have variable distances. Separate sign-up required for the Ridgeland Ride.
Trail Ride at 7:30, all on trails and lanes from the RideSouth shop. Variable distances from 10-30 miles.
3:00-4:30 PM; Speed trials on East Metro Parkway in downtown Flowood on new, wide bike lanes, little traffic, loops are 3.2 miles, rolling hills, one minute intervals, free frozen yogurt.
4:30-6:00 PM; Free test rides at RideSouth shop
7:00 PM; Recumbent Forum, accessible by bike lanes and trails, providing a variety of topics and panel discussions by leaders in the industry and law enforcement officials.
Sunday, May 3:
Begin ride to Vicksburg Military Park at 8:00 AM . . . or
Transport shuttle to Vicksburg Military Park at 9:00 AM . . .or
Transport shuttle to Prentiss to ride LongLeaf Trace
Picnic lunch in Vicksburg or Sumrall
Transport back to RideSouth shop at 3:00 PM from Vicksburg or Hattiesburg
Monday, May 4:
Transport leaves RideSouth for Natchez at 6:00 AM.
Begin Natchez Trace Tour from Natchez to Nashville (via the Tanglefoot Trail)
Transport back to Flowood Saturday, May 9 for Flowood Festival
Tour details and SAG to be arranged. Please let us know if you can help!
We need passionate recumbent riders, and friends, to volunteer for helping to make this Recumbent Rally and Convention a world class event! We are soliciting your feedback on assistance, forum topics, speakers, costs and events. We understand there are thousands of recumbent riders who may be interested in some, or all, of the events we will offer. This is a chance for us all to grow and learn from each other, and we are excited to be a part.
Please respond by e-mail to [email protected] and indicate how you would like to participate. We will put your address in a database for further updates on the event.
RideSouth Recumbents, LLC