Cyclists can choose the road less traveled in Shelbyville and Simpsonville

Cyclists seeking the roads less traveled will find them in Shelbyville and Simpsonville, KY. Three hundred forty-six miles of gently rolling hills, picturesque parks and paved country roads have recently opened up.

Bikers who love the beautiful scenery of the rural countryside, birding, history and the adventure of cycling new routes can pedal on their choice of 12 bike routes. Each backroad and byway offers its own distinct charm and beauty, taking riders past golf courses, an arboretum, horse and dairy farms, shopping enclaves and an apple orchard for an up-close and personal glimpse of the countryside.

“You get the perfect mix of flats and hills, along with a mix of small town and total country seclusion,” said Luke Scott, a competitive racer who rides the routes so often that one trail was named for him – the 44-mile Luke’s Long Ride. “All around, you get a beautiful taste of what it’s like to be a cyclist in Shelby County.”

Creating the routes and making them available to cyclists have been in the works for a couple years by the Shelby Parks Foundation, which based its route model on two books written by Joe Ward. Wheeling Around Louisville: 25 Great Bike Rides Around Louisville, Jefferson County and Southern Indiana and Wheeling around the Bluegrass, both written more than 15 years ago, are considered cycling bibles for this part of the country.

“We decided it would be neat if we could create a web-based, free inventory of rides using the Joe Ward model which will create deeper connection to Shelby County than just our roads,” Shelbyville community volunteer said Dee Maynard.

History buffs might enjoy making a pitstop and stepping back in time at B&N Food Market on the Flat and Fast to Bagdad. Birdwatchers will pass by an eagle’s nest on the Monday Night Ride and will want to make a mental note about returning to Wakefield-Scearce Galleries at Science Hill to rummage among the rooms of old English antiques.

A piece of Americana sits along a stretch of the Rookie Hill Ride. Spot the Sears and Roebuck House between Washington and Main streets. From about 1908 to1940, handy DIYers could buy a kit consisting of some 30,000 parts for less than $5,000 and build their own house.
“People like cycling in Shelby County,” she added. “Our people are friendly, our roads are good, and we in an easy driving distance to Louisville and Lexington.”

Cyclists can visit www.kybikerides.org to see an inventory of rides and select rides that appeal to them.

Rides at a glance

RIDE

MILES

START/FINISH

AREA OF THE COUNTY

Best Triathlon Training Ride in Kentucky

22

Shelbyville

North East

Monday Night Ride

20

Shelbyville

North East

Flat and Fast to Bagdad (Two Return Options)

22/23

Shelbyville

North East

Rookie Hill Ride

20

Shelbyville

North

Farming Tour or Molly’s First Brick

35

Shelbyville

North

Brenda’s Country Café

21

Simpsonville

North West

Luke’s Long Ride

44

Simpsonville

North West

Parks Pedal Party Short Ride

20

Parks Amphitheatre

North East

Parks Pedal Party Long Ride

42

Parks Amphitheatre

North East

Lemonade Loop (Two Options)

16/13

Outlet Mall

South West

Shop and Ride

32

Outlet Mall

South West

13 Bridges

36

Carriss Grocery

South East

 

Photos

Assortment of cycling/scenery pics – courtesy of ShelbyKY Tourism.

 

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29 Jun 2018


By Kathy Witt