Marie McAden



Cycle tour offers picturesque ride through the Lowcountry

Posted 10/15/2013 11:10:00 AM

It’s hard to appreciate the beauty of the Lowcountry landscape from the window of a car going 50 mph. The Fourth Annual Prince William Cycle Tour offers you the chance to slow down and smell the salt marsh. 

The Oct. 19 ride will take participants along the scenic and historic country roads of Prince William Parish in Hampton County. Participants have the choice of a 34- or 67-mile route. Both tours begin and end at Buckfield Plantation in Yemassee, traveling along paved, flat, rural roads.

Although this is not a race, the rides will be fully sagged with mechanical support and first aid. Rest stops will be provided every 15 miles where riders can get can get water, sports drinks, crackers and fruit. Toilets also will be available at the rest stops.

Registration and check-in for the tour will begin at 7 a.m. At the check-in you’ll receive cue sheets and a T-shirt. Everyone will line up at 8 a.m. and set off a half-hour later. The 67-milers will take off first, followed by the 34-milers. The routes will be marked with spray paint and road signs, allowing cyclists to pedal at their own pace.

Lunch will be served between noon and 2 p.m. on the grounds of Buckfield Plantation, a rice farm dating back to the early 1900s.

The registration fee is $35 if you sign up by Oct. 18. It includes T-shirt, snacks, beverages and lunch. Event-day registration is $45. Be sure to bring cash or a check. Credit cards will not be accepted.

You must be at least 16 years of age to participate. Helmets are required to ride.

To register, click here.