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Bikes, Blues and Bayous Bike Ride to take place in Greenwood

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Greenwood-Leflore Chamber of Commerce and Money Road Cycling Club are hosting the 8th annual Bikes, Blues and Bayous cycling event on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Registration is well ahead of previous years and the ride is expected to attract nearly 800 riders to the flat, rolling streets and roads of Greenwood and the surrounding area.

Bikes, Blues and Bayous, the largest bicycle ride in the state of Mississippi, was founded in 2008 by the Money Road Cycling Club, a group of local cycling enthusiasts in Greenwood.

Held annually on the first Saturday in August, the BBB attracts riders of all levels with a 62- mile "Metric Century", 46-, 20- and 11-mile routes, as well as the Tour de Grand, a 2-mile leisurely "cruise" down Greenwood’s beautiful Grand Boulevard.

Over 200 local volunteers support the ride and welcome visitors to historic downtown Greenwood as well as popular rest stops all along the cycling routes, including the legendary Minter City Methodist Church.

Delicious snacks, ice cold beverages and encouragement are dished out to all participants, as well as musical performances by blues performers Watermelon Slim at the Money rest stop and Big A and the All-Stars at the finish line hospitality area.

This year, the BBB Executive Committee moved to increase the race’s financial support of the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund in memory of Dr. Gary Holdiness, BBB friend and fellow cyclist from Kosciusko, Mississippi. Gary was an annual rider in the BBB up until 2012 when he was tragically killed by a motorist while cycling on the Natchez Trace near his home. The cycling fund was established by his wife to promote safe cycling on the Natchez Trace.

The ride is open to all ages and skill levels of riders and the $45.00 regular registration fee includes a t-shirt, backpack and barbecue sandwich with cold beverages at the finish line.

To sign up for the ride, purchase a jersey or get more information about the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, visit the Bikes, Blues and Bayous website.

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