Many Route Choices + Awesome Rest Stops + Panoramic Countryside = GREAT MEMORIES
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. The challenge of the pandemic forced us to cancel the 2020 event, and we are restricting participation numbers for 2021 so that we can best assure the health and safety of everyone. Some things will be different, but many things are the same!
For instance, we still have a wide variety of great routes, taking riders through some gorgeous country. Again for 2021, 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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Our new venue for 2021 is Charles Brooking Park on the north side of Georgetown. This park is both beautiful and spacious (great for social distancing!). Riders will depart from the park on Saturday, ride a few miles through friendly downtown Georgetown, and soon find themselves in beautiful farm country and heading east into historic Bourbon County (namesake of Kentucky's world-famous spirit). All 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, picturesque stone fences, a large commercial orchard, and every type of working farm. Four of the seven rest stops are located at historic churches (one is nationally known Cane Ridge Meeting House). Other fully supported distances include 22, 45, 62 (The Metric) and 75-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 special ice cream treat at the last rest stop before the short jaunt back into Georgetown. But remember to save plenty of room for the awesome lunches that will be available at the finish from a wide variety of food trucks.
The Sunday route choices will generally follow shorter versions of those used on Saturdays prior to 2019. After departing the park, you will immediately 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 stunning Capitol Building, and then heads back through the Forks of Elkhorn, passing a large working bourbon distillery 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 28, 34, 46, and 74 mile routes. And when you've made your way back to Georgetown, the food trucks will be there waiting for you to select from all kinds of culinary delights.
All rides start and finish under the big arch near the entrance to Brooking Park, just off Fairgrounds Road. Recommended starting times are between 7:00 a.m. and 9 a.m., based on which route you choose to ride. You can start earlier or later, if needed, but please note -- Rest Stops and SAG support will likely not be available if you are on the road either very early or late! 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 1,500+ other bicycle enthusiasts 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!