From a recent community ride | Photo: JBA

Bikes unite: the 2nd annual Jackson Bike Advocates Epic Bike Weekend will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26. Four events, the Museum Movie Ride on Thursday, The Urban Champion Alleycat on Friday, all-weekend Polo on Saturday and Sunday and the Brunch Ride before polo on Sunday, are slated.

Epic Bike Weekend begins with the Thursday night ride to the Screen on the Green movie series hosted by the Mississippi Museum of Art in the Art Garden. The movie of the month is “The Pink Panther Strikes Again.”

Riders will meet in the parking lot of Rainbow Co-Op at Lakeland and Old Canton as they do for monthly community rides at 6pm. The group will return to Fondren once the movie has ended. There will be a cash bar. You’re also allowed to bring your own refreshments, dinner and picnic blankets.

The 3rd Annual JBA Urban Champion Alleycat will also start in the Rainbow Co-Op lot on Friday night. Registration opens at 6pm and the race starts at 6:30pm sharp. IN past years, alleycat races have had roughly 50 racers each from every different bicycle discipline like road, mountain, tri, bmx and fixed. Oragnizer Jeff Goodwin says “This is a serious race, but it can also be a lot of fun, so you don’t have to be a racer to compete.”

For those who do wish to show a competitive edge, there’s prize money up for grabs. 1st Place receives $125, 2nd Place gets $75, 3rd Place wins $50, First Female takes home $75, and, for the slackers in the group, DEAD LAST is awarded $25. There is no entry fee. Helmets and lights are strongly encouraged.

JXN Bike Polo joins the weekend with all day Saturday and Sunday hard court bike polo. The group is expecting clubs from Mobile and Memphis and hopefully Little Rock, New Orleans and beyond. This event is three weeks before regionals and JXN Bike Polo will have two courts of match play. JXN Bike Polo is played at Sykes Park in South Jackson beginning at 10am.

Finally, on Sunday morning, a leisurely ride will depart from Rainbow Co-Op’s parking lot at 9:30am for brunch. The group will travel to Julep in Highland Village at a leisurely pace and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow cyclists. Non-cyclists are welcome to join in!

The entire weekend is sponsored by Revolution, SkateMS, StudioChane, Find It In Fondren™ and BikeWalkMS. This weekend is for all bikes and riders. Every event is free and open to the public.

The weekend also coincides with National Bike Month. Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, NBM is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month and help get more people in your community out riding too!

For more information as it develops, visit the Jackson Bike Advocates’ event page on Facebook.

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