THE REDBUD RIDE
The Redbud Ride is also this weekend in London, and it is a part of the Redbud Festival. The Redbud Ride will kick off 8 a.m. Saturday morning at the London-Laurel County Farmer’s Market.
Registration is required. People can register the day of the ride. Registration will be $35 in advance and walk-up registration will be $40.
According to London-Laurel County Tourism Co-Director Rodney Hendrickson, around 1,200 riders from across the United States are expected for the event. Hendrickson said around 900 have pre-registered and he expects a minimum of 200 walk-up registrations.
The Redbud Ride has four routes — the Yellow Route, which is 23 miles; the Orange Route, which is 38 miles; the Green Route, which is 70 miles; and the Red Route, which is 100 miles. The milage for each route is from and back to the farmer’s market. According to Hendrickson, so far 57 percent of riders have registered for the Green Route.
The Redbud Ride will feature rest stops every 20 miles. Some of these rest stops will feature meals for riders such as sandwiches or pizza. Riders will also receive a free Redbud Ride T-shirt, although walk-up registrations are not guaranteed a T-shirt due to short supply. The morning of the ride will feature a pancake breakfast compliments of the London Rotary Club.
Hendrickson said the Redbud Ride is the second biggest bike ride in Kentucky, after the Horsey Hundred in Lexington. He added the Redbud Ride is special because of community involvement — there are more than 200 volunteers willing to help make the ride a success. The Redbud Ride is also one of the most scenic routes in the country, Hendrickson said.
For more information, go to www.redbudride.com.