2023 Off Season Rides
Our official 2023 ride season does not start until April 1 but that doesn’t mean we’re hibernating for the winter. Check our calendar for rides scheduled throughout the winter.
Monday and Wednesday rides typically range from 30-45 miles, Tuesday and Thursday rides are a little shorter, generally falling between 25-30 miles. Ride pace is at a relaxed, conversational pace. These rides are great opportunities for building your base mileage and maintaining your fitness. Saturday rides vary in distance and pace depending on who is leading and participating in the ride.
Nonmembers are welcome to join these rides. Be sure to check our forum board for any last minute changes to ride start times.
2023 BRAT Announced
Heads Up! 2023 BRAT will be held out of Paris Landing State Park. There will six days of riding, each day featuring at least two routes.
MBC members get a 10% discount. Register before January 1 to get the most for your money as the fee goes up on that date. Registration fee covers 2 meals per day, camping, t shirt, Ride with GPS routes and sag support.
Those wanting to stay in the fabulous new inn can get a discount by mentioning BRAT when making reservations. BRAT has blocked off a number of rooms and RV spots saved for riders so you need to call the park to get a reservation. These rooms and RV spots are expected to sell out quickly, so it would behoove you to go ahead and make your reservations early.
Here is the website and link to mail in registration.
Ride Season Update
Tuesday and Thursday evening rides ended in September. Morning weekday and weekend rides will continue to be posted through October 31. Review calendar for available route options. We will continue to post rides after October 31, but they will not count towards mileage awards and challenges.
Interested to see new parts of the country? Check out these web sites, August 1
For many riders, the thrill of experiencing new terrain, new roads, and new interesting people is a primary motivator to get out and ride. Bicycle touring is a great way to fulfill these desires. Bike touring covers a wide variety of options from quick overnighters sleeping in motels to multi-week adventures camping under the stars.
If touring is appealing to you, or if your just curious and would like to learn more, be sure to visit these two organizations websites. There is a wealth of information that will get you prepared for your next big adventure.
Adventure Cycling Association
PeopleForBikes releases its City Ratings for Best US Cities for Biking, July 1
PeopleForBikes has released their 2022 City Ratings for the best U.S. cities for biking. The year-long study was completed in conjunction with Trek Bicycle.
Ranked are 1,105 cities, highlighting communities that "embrace the bicycle as a tool for mobility, economic growth, and recreation," according to PeopleForBikes, which has conducted the research yearly for the past six years.
Murfreesboro ranked 373 (66th percentile) faired better than most other Tennessee cities. The cities network score of 29 was slightly better than the average network score of all U.S. cities (25).
Horsey 100, June 1
Over 20 MBC members participated in the Horsey Hundred. This event is held annually in the heart of bluegrass country and attracts thousands of cyclists from around the world.
Members enjoyed 3 beautiful days of riding through manicured horse farm country along with wonderful dining and other festivities.
Bicycle Rodeo, May 7
In conjunction with MOAB the Murfreesboro Bicycle Club will be hosting a Bicycle Rodeo on May 7, at Barfield Park from 1:00 to 2:00pm. This is a great opportunity to help kids develop safe riding skills. Stay tuned for more details. We will need some MBC club volunteers to assist. No skills are required. Only a desire to enjoy an hour sharing the joy of riding with some great kids. Bring your kids (or grandkids) out and have a great time. Contact Bryan Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Jordan email@example.com for additional details.
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