Seventh Bricks and Spokes attracts 185 here

Published 8:46 pm Saturday, October 1, 2016

Clad in shorts with multi-colored shirts, Cynthia Freeny and Peggy Robinson of Vicksburg were killing time as other cyclists stretched, checked their machines and pumped tires in preparation for the start of the Bricks and Spokes bicycle ride through the city and Warren County.

About 185 cyclists participated in the seventh annual event, which started under clear skies and temperatures in the low 60s.

Riders could choose one of four different courses of 10, 30, 50, and 62 miles. The ride began at the Vicksburg Senior Center on South Street and crossed the old U.S. 80 Bridge into Louisiana, before the riders set out in their chosen the courses.

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Freeny and Robinson are members of the Vicksburg Bikes and Recs Club, a bicycle club in the city.

“This is my fourth year riding,” Freeny said as she waited for the start. “I came out here to support my city, and it’s a wonderful bike ride; it’s well-organized, and there’s a lot of hard work by good friends.”

Robinson was also participating in her fourth ride.

“The first year I did it, I took the 10-mile course,” she said. “I had a cruising bike then. I got a new bike and started riding with friends, and went longer distances and got stronger. I received a lot of encouragement.”

Angela Barnett was in her first Bricks and Spokes. A native of Vicksburg, she just moved back home from Jackson.

“I used to ride in Jackson,” she said. “I’m looking forward to when there will be more bike paths in Vicksburg. We have a few now, but we need more. This is a great way to get out and meet people.

“I’m looking forward to crossing the Mississippi over the Old Highway Bridge; I hope this helps open the bridge to the public.”

Kyle Hairston and his son Cris, 8, from Clinton were making the ride for the first time and taking the 10-mile course. The ride had special meaning for Cris.

“He’s got a new bike, and this ride is his birthday present,” his father said. “He turns 9 next week.”

Hairston said he learned about Bricks and Spokes from people he cycles with.

Another first-timer was Betsy Robbins of Pelahatchie, who was taking her front wheel drive recumbent bike on the course.

“I’m looking forward to going over the Mississippi River,” she said.

“We’ve got a good turnout and great weather,” said Kim Hopkins, Vicksburg Main Street executive director. “It gives people a chance to get out in the fall weather, and the day helps to make it great.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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