2013 PRESERVATION PEDAL
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013
The Preservation Pedal is the annual bicycle tour sponsored by Preservation Kentucky, the statewide historic preservation nonprofit. This event is held yearly in a different Kentucky community to highlight historic downtowns and rural buildings. PK also intends for this to support local businesses and raise awareness of our organization, bike touring, and bike friendly amenities in small town Kentucky. All proceeds will go to assist Preservation Kentucky in furthering our mission of historic preservation education and advocacy.
The 2013 Preservation Pedal will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Frankfort/Franklin County, again in memory of Louisville cyclist William Hash. This year's tour will feature four rides, including a short downtown tour, a approximately 20, 50, and--new this year--a 100 mile tour.
The 100 mile tour is hosted in coordination with the Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism and is called the Kentucky Century Challenge!
The Kentucky Century Challenge brings together four of the most popular cycling events in Kentucky. The Redbud Ride in London, The Horsey Hundred in Georgetown, the Preservation Pedal in Frankfort (this year), and the Old Kentucky Home Tour in Louisville/Bardstown. Each of these rides offers a Century Ride option of 100 miles. In order to complete the Kentucky Challenge, riders must complete three of the four Century Rides. Riders that are successful will receive a special edition Kentucky Century Challenge Jersey, designed by John Mahorney of JEM Creative. More details can be found at:
Time and Place
The 2013 Preservation Pedal will be held in Frankfort/Franklin County on Saturday, June 15, 2013. All rides will begin in Frankfort on West Broadway directly in front of the Old State Capitol. There are four routes available this year; two of which can be shortened to suit the rider's comfort level.
Please note that the Frankfort YMCA will be holding their Capitol City Stampede Race on Saturday, June 15 beginning at 8 am. Cyclists should be aware that some downtown streets will be closed and available only to runners and Preservation Pedal bikers. These groups will be separated as much as possible. Please also note that ride times have been adjusted accordingly and no cyclists will be permitted to leave on the Preservation Pedal ride between 7:50 and 9:15 am. If you have a spouse or friend interested in running while you ride, the Capitol City Stampede would value their participation. More details on the run are available at the YMCA website.
Parking is available in the underground public garage, off Clinton Street and at the Fair Oaks State Office park on Wilkinson Blvd, directly adjacent to Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Route options available for the 2013 Preservation Pedal include:
1) A 24/30 mile route--Starts at 9:15 am*---The 30 mile Preservation Pedal route will traverse eastern Franklin County to historic Millville. There is an option to visit Woodford Reserve Distillery. Pedal riders can get more information on Distillery Tours by clicking here. Please note that this tour is on your own and not included in the price of the PP ride. Ride topography is fairly even with a few rolling hills, characteristic of central Kentucky's rural landscape. Sites on this route include the New State Capitol, Old Taylor Distillery, historic Millville, and the beautiful Kentucky River. The route can be shortened by turning around and Millville and returning to Frankfort for a total of approximately 24 miles. This route traverses rural Woodford and Franklin Counties. A rough draft of the route is available (here).
*Please note the 15-minute time change for departure on the 24/30 mile routes. This ride cannot leave before 9:15 am due to a scheduled group race--the Capitol Stampede--in downtown Frankfort that morning.
2) A 50 mile route--Starts at 7:45 am*---The 54 mile Preservation Pedal route follows the 24/30 mile route for a portion of the ride, but will continue north into rural Franklin County. Ride topography is steeper than the 30 mile route with a few intense climbs. Sites on this route include the New State Capitol, Old Taylor Distillery, historic Millville, the beautiful Kentucky River, the Peaks Mill community, Switzer Covered Bridge, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and the Lewis-Berry River Overlook--among many other sites. This route traverses rural Woodford, Franklin, and Scott Counties. A rough draft of the route is available (here).
*Please note that the 50 mile route will leave promptly at 7:45 am. If you do not arrive in time to leave at 7:45 am; you must wait until the scheduled group race is cleared from the area at 9:15 am.
3) A 100 mile route--Starts at 7:30 am---The 100 mile Preservation Pedal route is being sponsored in coordination with the Kentucky Century Challenge. The 100 mile ride with follow a route in western Franklin County. The ride topography is comprised of rolling hills with a few steep climbs. Sites on this route include the New State Capitol, Berry Hill Mansion, community of North Benson, Bagdad, New Castle and the Smith-Berry Winery, Eminence, Pleasureville, Bridgeport, and the historic Julian farm. This route traverses rural Franklin, Henry, and Shelby Counties. A rough draft of the route is available (here).
4) An under 5-mile downtown route---Starts at 10 am---The historic downtown Preservation Pedal ride is a slow and easy ride for beginning riders and riders who do not have a regular riding practice. The ride is entirely led and includes frequent starts and stops. Sites that will be included on this route include downtown Frankfort, the Old State Capitol, Liberty Hall, the Orlando Brown house, Rebecca Ruth Candy, a Frank-Lloyd Wright-designed house, South Frankfort, and Buffalo Trace Distillery. An optional part of the tour will traverse a hill to the historic Frankfort Cemetery where Daniel Boone is buried. There will be bicycles available from 9:15 am-10 am for a $10 donation to Frankfort's FolkBike Recyclery. These bikes can only be ridden on the downtown tour.
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The 2013 Preservation Pedal is $35 per rider. Online registration will be taken down on Wednesday, June 12. On-site registration will be available and will be $45 a rider.
There are two on-site registration options for those who pre-registered and those who wish to register on-site:
1-From 5-7 pm on Friday, June 14, PK will check-in and register riders at the historic McClure building in downtown Frankfort, located at 306 West Main Street. Smith-Berry Winery will have a wine tasting at this event and there will be awesome live Bluegrass music. Vendors will be available, selling bike-related merchandise.
2-On-site registration will begin at 6:30 am in front of the Old State Capitol on West Broadway. No wine tasting at the morning check-in :)
Lunch will be provided with all Preservation Pedal tours. Rest stops will include access to snacks and drinks (yes there will be pickles and chocolate milk this year--we listened), as well as restrooms. All riders will be required to wear a temporary ride identification bracelet. This will be your admission ticket to the rest stops, lunches, and SAG support. Any rider without an official ride bracelet will not be afforded ride benefits, including rest stop and lunch entry.
The rides will be held rain or shine. Let's hope it is not 110 degrees this year!
All riders are expected to have bicycles in good condition, to obey all traffic laws, and to ride safely and intelligently. These are public roads, so cars will be sharing the route with us. Helmets must be worn on all rides and must meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ASTM, or Snell standards. Safety lessons will be provided for all cyclists prior to the launch of the rides.
Even though we say mustache not required, you can win a cool prize for having the best one! So plan to sport your best mustache to the 2013 Preservation Pedal. Ladies--we would love to see your best miss-tache (real or fake :), and let's not leave out your handsome bicycle---there will also be a prize for the best bike-stache! Come to our special contest registration table and we will take your photo and sign you up.
Winners will be announced at the Preservation Pedal lunch.
The Preservation Pedal has a no refund policy. If you purchase T-shirts online, you can make arrangements to pick them up if you are unable to attend.
Please remember the Preservation Pedal tours are NOT a race and should be ridden at a pace suitable for you. There is no such thing as too slow or too fast!
Our sponsor the Kentucky Historical Society is offering a special rate for tours of three of their important sites: The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, newly reopened The Kentucky Military History Museum, and a tour of the beautiful historic Old State Capitol. The Tours of the Old State Capitol leave the Thomas D. Clark Center for KY History at 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. Only $3 gets you admission to all three sites. Families of the riders can receive the special discount on the day of the ride.
The Preservation Pedal will have mechanical support available prior to the start of each ride and at the first rest stop on the 24/30 and 50 mile tours. SAG support is available but will not inclufe mechanical services.
Frankfort tourism information is available from the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission. Their contact information is available at 502-875-8687 / email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special rates for lodging are available for Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel at $88 a night plus tax. The Capitol Plaza Hotel is located directly adjacent to the starting point for the Preservation Pedal rides. Other hotel rates are being negotiated and will be available soon.
Special thanks to our sponsors Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist Commission, Danville Bike and Footwear, FolkBike Recyclery, Farmers Bank, Community Trust Bank, the Kentucky Historical Society, the city of New Castle, Main Street Bikes of Shelbyville, and Smith-Berry Winery.
Email Rachel Kennedy at: email@example.com with any questions. Phone: 502.871.4570.