No self-respecting cyclist would consider this a genuine bike Festival without actual bike rides. So, here they are, with a little something for everyone. All rides depart from the fountain at Parc Sans Souci, downtown on Vermilion at Polk St.
Cajun Cyclists A Train Ride @ 8 a.m. Ready to ride with the big boys (and sometimes girls)? This is a no holds barred pace line ride with the area racing team. Expect 40 miles or more on country roads from Arnaudville to St. Martinville or the like, at a mid-20 mph pace. This is not a "no drop" training ride. Be prepared to make your way back home alone if you fall off the back of the peleton. Recommended for Tour de France contenders only.
Petit Paris Cyclists Killer B’s Ride @ 8:30 a.m.
Meet Petit Paris Cycling, an informal group of recreational cyclists that rides most Saturdays from varying locations around Acadiana, including but not limited to St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville, Rouse's in Youngsville, Dwyer's Cafe in downtown Lafayette and more. The PPC will travel the 30 mile Wilderness Trail loop north of town at a comfortable "B" pace of 16-18 mph. PPC has a "no drop policy" to ensure no one gets left behind, making it a perfect place to move beyond beginner lengths and speeds.
Family Fun Ride @ 12 Noon Bring your little ones to the Kids' Bike Rodeo to build their safe cycling skills then put them to test on this child-paced tour of downtown Lafayette. Just 1 mile long, the route covers a number of noteworthy family destinations including the Sans Souci Park fountain, Jefferson Street Library, Lafayette Science Museum, Dwyer's Cafe, the train station, Parc International, and the Children's Museum. From training wheels to trail-a-bikes, wee ones are welcome here.
Sunday Mass Ride @ 1 p.m. Welcome to this group of dedicated Sunday Funday riders. Sunday Mass rides are short, leisurely, and often give to the community by doing a little charity work along the way, such as biking donated coats to the men's shelter, or canned foods to the soup kitchen.
BikeLafayette Rookie Ride @ 2 p.m.
New to cycling and want to test the waters? This 10 mile route takes you through downtown, Freetown, Girard Park, and ULL areas, including the new Atakapa-Ishak Trail and ULL’s University Commons multi-use path. A perfect send off from the Biking for Boomers class.