Supported Road Ride: Tour de Blue (60, 75, or 100 miles)

New year, new goal: How ’bout signing up for your first century? Nothing is more motivating than having an event on your calendar. This one is still a few months off, but that means you have time to train properly. Need help? Just ask – MC3 has tons of experienced riders who can offer advice and training tips. If there’s interest, maybe we could get an MC3 group to ride together like we did at the Tour de Cahaba!

What: 2012 Tour de Blue — Cycling For Prostate Cancer Awareness
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8:00 am
Where: Birmingham Bicycle Company, 1105 Dunston Ave., Birmingham, AL
Why: Because proceeds from this event benefit the Urology Health Foundation, a local non-profit that provides free prostate cancer screenings in Alabama, especially in under-served areas that are at highest risk. And because nothing is more motivating than having an event to train for on your calendar.
The Ride: This fully supported road ride leaves from the Birmingham Bicycle Company in Birmingham and meanders through Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair counties. There are three ride options (60, 75, and 100 miles). The terrain is rolling with several challenging climbs. The 100-mile route takes riders from the bike shop to the Logan Martin Dam and back. There are periodic rest stops on all of the routes that are well stocked with food and drinks. There is full SAG support for all of the riders. (That means, if you need to bail for any reason, you and your bike have a ride back!)
Cost: $40 (T-shirt included)
Twitter: @TourdeBlue
Contact: Sherry Wilson at or 205-445-0117

About Kim Cross

Southern Living Editor-at-Large Kim Cross is an award-winning writer who has edited great Southern authors from Rick Bragg to Fannie Flagg. Her first book, What Stands in a Storm (April 2015, Atria/Simon & Schuster) is a narrative nonfiction account of the greatest tornado outbreak in recorded history. She lives in Alabama.
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