The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission established Cycle Zydeco in 2002, to promote the Acadiana region to cycling enthusiasts. LCVC produced the event for 10 years with help from bicycle tour experts Joan and Dick Williams. The tour is now produced by TRAIL (Transportation Recreation Alternatives in Louisiana), a Lafayette-based non-profit. TRAIL uses proceeds from Cycle Zydeco to fund the creation of bike paths, trails, and other parks and recreation projects.
TRAIL is now offering a “Weekend Warrior” option for Saturday and Sunday.
Cycle Zydeco started off with 200 riders in its first year and has grown in popularity. This year, TRAIL will welcome approximately 600 riders from all around the United States and abroad. The four-day bike ride is designed to be ridden at a moderate or leisurely pace. The riders take their time to absorb the Cajun and Creole cultures and food, and enjoy the countryside’s pleasant springtime scenery. The laid-back pace helps to save energy for dancing to lively Cajun and Zydeco music at the end of the day.
Cycle Zydeco will meander from Lafayette through Youngsville, Broussard, New Iberia, St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Arnaudville, Abbeville, Grand Coteau, Washington, Sunset, Opelousas, Carencro, and Scott. The Weekend Warriors will join the main group in Breaux Bridge, finishing the ride at the annual Boudin Festival in Scott, La.
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