One of the first multi-day bicycle tours of the season — Cycle Zydeco in Louisiana — has been canceled for 2012.
The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission announced at the Cycle Zydeco website that the four-day bike ride across the bayou country has been put on “hiatus” so organizers can “re-evaluate the structure of the tour.”
Hiatus means an interruption, not an outright cancellation, giving many fans of the bike tour hope that it will return in 2013.
The 220-mile bike tour celebrates the spicy Cajun and Creole foods and lively Cajun and Zydeco music of Acadiana region of southern Louisiana.
The bike tour started 10 years ago with 200 cyclists. This past year the ride drew its maximum 395 cyclists from 47 states and Canada. A Lafayette radio station says a testament to its popularity is the fact that it fills up in a matter of minutes after registration opens.
Let's hope the bike tour returns in 2013. I've heard so many good things about it over the years, it would be a shame to lose this opportunity to introduce cyclists to this tourism destination.
The Louisiana Office of Tourism sponsors an attractive and information website BikeLouisiana that shows many opportunities for bicycling throughout the state. I couldn't find any multi-day bike tours, however.