Everyone who rode the Horsey Hundred in 2019 knows that it was the largest Horsey EVER! With warm weather and many new routes, approximately 3,000 cyclists enjoyed the smooth roads and beautiful scenery of the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Again for 2020, the five Saturday routes, including the epic Horsey Hundred Century route, will be going east from Georgetown, and Sunday's four routes, which generally reflect a shorter and more relaxed day in the saddle, will be going to the west. There are multiple routes for each day with lots of new roads, an amazing variety of scenery, and plenty of intriguing historic sites to explore!
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Riders will depart Georgetown College on Saturday and after just a few urban miles will find themselves in beautiful farm country and heading east into historic Bourbon County (namesake of Kentucky's world-famous spirit). All of the routes go through or very near Paris, Kentucky, which is known as the “Thoroughbred Capital of the World.” The area is home to dozens of famed horse farms, including Claiborne Farm and Adena Springs. The 100 mile route will be a scenic and challenging century ride that includes a beautiful covered bridge, stone fences, a large commercial orchard, every type of working farm, and six of the seven rest stops are located at historic churches (one is nationally known Cane Ridge Meeting House). Other fully supported distances include 30, 50, 64 (The Metric) and 74 mile routes that take riders through the same type of rolling, breathtaking landscapes as the century route. No matter the route you choose, you can look forward to a hand-dipped ice cream float at the last rest stop before the short jaunt back into Georgetown (but save some room for the awesome lunch provided at the finish).
The Sunday route choices will generally follow shorter versions of those used on Saturdays prior to 2019. After departing Georgetown, you will tackle Kentucky's rolling countryside as you head west toward Frankfort. The longest (75 mile) route actually reaches Kentucky's Capital City, takes a loop around the Capitol Building, and then heads back through Millville, passing several working bourbon distilleries on the way. The shorter routes treat riders to charming small towns like Stamping Ground and Midway. No matter how your legs feel after Saturday's ride, there will be something for you on one of these great Sunday routes. Choose from 29, 41, 49, and 75 mile routes. And when you've made your way back to Georgetown, there will be a tasty lunch waiting for you.
All rides start and finish at Georgetown College on the circle off College Street. Recommended starting times are between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., based on which route you choose to ride. You can start earlier, if needed, but please note -- Rest Stops and SAG support will likely not be available if you are on the road before 7:30! Riders are expected to follow the rules of the road and all traffic laws. And remember, the Horsey Hundred is not a race; it is an opportunity to share your cycling passion and the camaraderie of 2,500+ others in a unique Kentucky horse country setting. This is a family-friendly, tandem-friendly event that features rolling hills, well-maintained roads, and the gorgeous scenery of Kentucky’s streams, woodlands and Bluegrass farms. The memories you make here are guaranteed to last a lifetime!