4 Hotspots for Cyclists
Spring has arrived and your bikes are saying “Take me to The Cycling Capital of Kentucky(R)! London, Kentucky has access to hundreds of miles of roads, gravel, and trails to fit every cyclist’s dream. Listed below are just a few hotspots cyclists don’t want to miss in Laurel County and surrounding areas.
The Redbud Ride hosted by London Downtown is April 17, 2021 and is part of the Kentucky Century Challenge. The Redbud Ride offers 4 different routes ranging from 24, 34, 72, and 100 miles. This year the Junior Redbud Ride will be included for ages 6-10 years old. It will include bike safety and an obstacle course race.
Laurel River Lake is home to The Forty-Five scheduled for May 8, 2021 hosted by Boonedoggle Events . This trail system is in the Daniel Boon National Forest and on sections of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreational Trail, that features singletrack through a variety of pine and hardwood forests. The trail is impressively uncrowded—not bad for being just 20 minutes off of interstate I-75. According to singletracks.com the trail system is ranked #3 of 102 mountain bike trails in Kentucky.
Cold Hill Gravel Loop is a gravel route that is a cyclist’s paradise in Laurel County. It’s a local favorite, not too many cyclist’s know about this hidden gem. This route is hilly taking you near creeks and across an old wooden bridge. The route is primarily a gravel ride with a little bit jeep road thrown in the mix. You will cover some of the Kentucky Adventure Tour Trail on this route.
Kentucky Gravel Championships hosted by Boondoggle Events planned for August 14, 2021 is located in Gray Hawk, KY you will experience Flat Lick Falls. This route consists of 37 miles gravel, 26 miles pavement, 3 miles doubletrack Let’s start by pointing out the course is primarily gravel, but there’s some rugged sections. Many will choose a mountain bike. The 60 mile course will leave Flat Lick Falls and through the hills of Jackson County on back roads, gravel roads, trail,and creeks.The course will ensure many challenges for racers.