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Pedal for the Park for Mammoth Cave National Park
Sat, May 10, 2014
Mammoth Cave, KY
About This Activity
Pedal for the Park is a primary fundraising event for the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park. Please visit friendsofmammothcave.org for more information about our organization.
One of our primary goals is to promote life long fitness and healthy life styles through outdoor recreation in general, and more specifically utilizing the opportunites provided by Mammoth Cave National Park and the surrounding region. 2014 is the third year for Pedal for the Park. The event will begin and end at the Cave City Convention Center which is located about one mile from I-65; exit 53. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. Onsite registration will begin at 7:00 a.m.
The 77-mile route is essentially the same as in 2013 with the addition of a 1-mile segment to connect to the Convention Center location. From the Convention Center the route ascends the nearby escarpment onto the primary cave bearing ridges of the area; then it passes through Mammoth Cave National Park from South to North including a crossing of the Green River on the NPS operated ferryboat; then proceeds through the hilly country between the National Park and Nolin Lake; winding through Munfordville and Horse Cave before returning to the Cave City Convention Center. This route is for the fittest riders. The numerous hill intervals make the route more challenging than the mileage alone might indicate. Several participants in 2013 commented that it provided a very good preparation for longer events they had planned for later in the season. The ferry crossing adds an unusual element to this scenic route. Several SAG stops will be provided.
The 40-mile route for 2014 is new. In response to comments from 2013 the number of hills is reduced so the route is suitable for intermediate level riders. Beginning at the Cave City Convention Center this route passes through the southern part of Mammoth Cave National Park before passing through the Park City, Kentucky community. From Park City the route proceeds primarily to the south and east through the sinkhole plain that feeds rainwater into the groundwater streams that pass through the Mammoth Cave system. The sinkhole plain portion of the route offers many scenic vistas of the farmland which was part of the original barrens (i.e., prairies) of southcentral Kentucky. Several SAG stops will be provided.
The 15-mile route will be an abbreviated version of the 40-mile route located in the sinkhole plain. It feature gently rolling hills. By avoiding long or steep hill climbs this route is suitable for younger riders and beginners.
Riders must wear helmets during the event and obey all Kentucky traffic laws. Adult supervision is recommended for all participants under the age of 16 years.
Event schedule and times
Event begins at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. Start times may be staggered by a few minutes if number of participants warrants. Estimated time for each category follows: 77-mile, 5 to 8 hours; 40-mile, 2 to 4 hours; and 15-mile approximately 2 hours.