After six months in the planning, the Cumberland Tourist Commission (CTC), in collaboration with the Trail Town Task Force Bicycle Committee, held their first annual “Black Mountain Madness — Kentucky’s Ride to the Summit,” bicycle ride on Saturday throughout the county.
“For the past six months our committee has been making preparations for this ride, through marketing, working with the state highway department on signage, HAM radio operators, SAG stop locations, drivers and volunteers,” said Tracy Bailey, CTC director and co-chair on the Tri-City Trail Town Task Force.
Hosting 35 cyclists, with 32 of them being from Louisville, Lexington, London, Barbourville, Grey, Hazard, Lawrenceburg, Wellington, Prospect, Shelbyville and Indiana, Bailey said 30 of these cyclists chose to ride the experienced route, which was 70 miles travelling from Cumberland to Loyall, back through the Tri-Cities up to the highest point in the state atop Black Mountain and then back to Cumberland.
“There were also a beginner’s 12 mile route and an intermediate 35 mile route,” said Bailey. “We received a lot of positive feedback from the cyclists, and many plan to return next year and bring others with them.”
Bailey said through a survey, conducted from the cyclists who attended the event, an economic impact of at least $2,365 was added to the area from the event.
“This is what we’re working for,” said Bailey. “By utilizing the natural resources that we already have here in the area, and sharing our culture and history along with those resources, it attracts people to come and visit.”
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