Cycle Zydeco bicycle tour returns in 2013

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Restring your fiddle and prepare your taste buds for spicy Creole cuisine.

Cyclist dances to Zydeco tunes

The popular Cycle Zydeco bicycle tour of southern Louisiana is returning in 2013 after a one-year hiatus.

Presented by the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau for 10 years, the bike tour will be promoted and managed in 2013 by the nonprofit Transportation Recreation Alternatives in Louisiana (TRAIL).

It’s scheduled for April 4-7.

According to Ben Berthelot, executive director of the convention bureau:

“This is a win-win in that it allows a popular event to return, and at the same time, the partnership with TRAIL provides a new fundraising tool for TRAIL to continue its mission of promoting great projects like the Atakapas-Ishtak Trail. I believe with its large volunteer base and experience putting on events, TRAIL is the perfect partner to help take Cycle Zydeco to the next level.”

Typically, about 350 cyclists would relish the spring cycling event that wound through the bayous for some 200 miles. The evening meals always revolved around tasty Creole cuisine, and the entertainment featured foot-stomping zydeco music.

The supported mass bike tour was cancelled for 2012 after its sponsors re-evaluated the event. With the TRAIL organization as a partner in the ride, there are a few changes that are still being planned for future rides.

At TRAIL’s Connecting Arcadia website, organizers say they are still fine-tuning some details of the event. Issues still being resolved include the route, host towns and maximum cyclists allowed on the ride. The ride will wrap up in Lafayette next year.

Check back to the Cycle Zydeco website and the TRAIL Cycle Zydeco page for details. Registration is expected to start sometime between Nov. 30 and mid-December.



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