Mid-South cyclists of both road and fat-tire bikes who are eager to ride along the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River will have their chance at the 4th Annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bike ride on Saturday, September 30, in West Memphis, Ark. A second ride, the Gravel Grinder, coincides with the Flatlander ride. Both rides begin at 9 am and are presented by West Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.
P.R. Event Management is producing the cycling events. Sponsors are Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant in West Memphis and The Peddler Bike Shops in Memphis.
The Flatlander includes 20-mile, 40-mile, and 67-mile courses routed on paved county roads. The route follows the path of the Mississippi River going south, circles Horseshoe Lake, and returns north to the starting point at Poncho’s. “This is a very flat course which offers an excellent opportunity for beginner riders as well as advanced cyclists who wish to work on their speed,” says Pam Routh, race director.
The Gravel Grinder is a 21-mile rough terrain ride meant for off-road bikes. The course heads north through the proposed Delta Regional River Park and Dacus Lake areas and along portions of the St. Francis Levee. “West Memphis is poised to become an outdoor recreation destination, and we’re proud that the Flatlander and Gravel Grinder rides offer a preview of what’s to come,” said West Memphis tourism director Jim Jackson.
Both rides start at the trailhead of the Big River Trail near Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant, 3600 E. Broadway Street. All participants will receive a custom-designed long-sleeve T-shirt and will be rewarded with food, beverages, and music at a post-race party at Poncho’s following both rides. Cost for the either ride is $50 in advance and $60 day of ride. To register, go to http://www.pr-eventmanagement.net.