BAM! 2016 is a wrap. It rained within 5 minutes of the start. But interestingly, nobody turned back. Nobody broke down, there were no accidents, and nobody asked to be sagged back. We were all very impressed. The Kiwanis team put an extraordinary effort into promoting the ride this year, and if not for the weather we would have had record attendance. Chapeau! to the Kiwanis team, to the Kiwanis and Laurel Oak Garden Club members and spouses who ran the Rest Stops and especially to the riders who came and rode despite the gothic sky! To those who pre-registered but couldn't make it to the event, we're sending the shirts, bottles or blinkies that were selected with the registration and hope to see everyone next July 4.
This has always been a "Rain or Shine" event.
We hope the roads are dry on July 4th but we'll do the ride
even if we have to delay it briefly because of a passing shower.
This is the ninth year of Kiwanis's BAM! (Bike Around Mayfield!) Metric Century Ride,
and we hope to make it our best yet. The event coincides with
Mayfield's Glory Days July 4th celebration on the courthouse square with
food vendors, live music and a custom car and motorcycle exhibition.
Proceeds from this event help support the Kiwanis Club of Mayfield's
programs that enrich the lives of children throughout the community.
11, 21, 32 and 60-mile routes
Free BAM! logo T-shirts in S, M, L and XL
or Free BAM! logo Polar Bottles in 20 and 24-ounce sizes
T-shirts are guaranteed with advance registration by June 15,
then they are available while supplies last.
Polar Bottles are available while supplies last.
Helmets are required.
Riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration is now closed.
Please register on the morning of the event. Registration opens at 6:30am.
Kiwanis Club of Mayfield
P. O. Box 496
Mayfield, KY 42066
Now accepting major credit cards through PayPal for pre-registration and on event day!
Kelly and Chris Rowland, click on image to reach their fundraising page.
The Kiwanis Club of Mayfield will be holding their annual BAM! Bicycle tour on Monday, July 4th. An acronym for “Bicycle Around Mayfield!,” the event coincides with the town’s Glory Days Festival that features vendor booths, food, a custom car and motorcycle show and live music around the courthouse square. BAM! starts at the Icehouse Gallery at 120 North 8th Street, one block north of Broadway. The tour has routes of 11, 21, 32 and 60 miles; a route for every level of fitness and biking experience.
BAM! is the Kiwanis Club’s principle fundraiser and all its members turn out to make it a fun and safe day. Riders are escorted by Mayfield Police out East Broadway to the Golo Road turnoff. Rest Stops are positioned along the way offering cold water, Gatorade and nutritious snacks. Support drivers, along with an experienced doctor, will be along the routes providing assistance to riders who are in need of equipment or medical attention. The Rest Stops are run by Kiwanis members and their wives along with the help of Gloria Galloway and the folks at the Laurel Oaks Garden Club. Portable toilets are placed at every Rest Stop beyond the first one on the 11-mile route at Bethel Church on Backusburg Road.
It’s the ninth consecutive year of the event. The tour began as the Glory Days Bike Ride and was held on the Saturday nearest July 4th. Renamed BAM!, it was moved to the actual holiday several years ago so that more bicyclists would get a chance to participate. One of the most popular of several similar rides in the region, BAM! has attracted a strong following throughout Western Kentucky, Western Tennessee, Southern Illinois and Southern Missouri. BAM! is routed along gently rolling hills surrounded by corn and tobacco farms using lightly traveled picturesque rural roads. Led by Tour Director and Club President Joey Wilson, Kiwanis members distribute flyers advertising the event at all of the major rides and they work hard to draw attention to our beautiful city and county.
The 11-mile route is popular among the young and beginner riders. Apart from a couple of small hills on Golo Road, the terrain is generally flat and unchallenging. Riders have a nice downhill run on Backusburg Road as they ride back into town. The terrain becomes a bit hillier as the routes get longer. These longer routes are popular among the more experience riders, including Tom Gee from Paris, Tennessee and Chris Rowland and his wife Kelly from Mayfield. All are frequent return participants in the event. Tom Gee is the current State Champion in the 60+ Road Race category for Tennessee. He also holds the American record for number of finishes of the Paris-Brest-Paris distance race in France, and recently placed 11th in the Time Trial and 14th in the Road Race in the National Criterium Championship in North Carolina. A former runner, Chris Rowland took up cycling in 2010 after ankle surgery. He rides up to five times weekly, ranging from 15-35 miles each ride. Looking for a worthy cause, he began raising money through his cycling for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His riding is motivated by “the hope that our children and grandchildren will never experience the fear and helplessness of hearing the words: ‘You have Cancer.’” Click HERE or on their image above for the link to his fundraising site. Also, a portion of the Kiwanis Club’s fee for using the Icehouse for the event will be donated to his charity.
The proceeds from the event help finance the Club’s many programs that enrich the lives of children throughout the community, including maintenance of the facilities at Kiwanis Park, the Christmas coat give-away program and the college scholarship assistance program for talented students from Mayfield and Graves County High Schools.
Flyers are available at the Icehouse, City Hall and all of the bike shops in our area. Riders can pre-register online, by mail, or in person on the morning of the event. Fees are $30 for individuals, $40 for couples, or $50 for families. Riders who pre-register choose from a free BAM! T-shirt or Polar Brand insulated water bottle with the BAM! and Kiwanis logos on each side. As part of their emphasis on safety, the Kiwanis members have purchased a case of LED flashing red tail lights. These lights, regularly $22 to $25 in bike stores, can be substituted for the T-shirt or BAM! Bottle. The free items are guaranteed to riders who register prior to the deadline of June 15; after that date the free T-shirts, Polar bottles and LED tail lights are available only while supplies last. Registration opens at 6:30am at the Icehouse on the morning of the event; the ride begins at 8. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution when passing cyclists on the road, particularly around Rest Stops where cyclists are maneuvering among crowds of volunteers and participants. More information is available by phoning the Icehouse at (270) 247-6971.
We'll have samples of our BAM! Voler Jerseys at the ride. We'll have prices and order forms if you would like to purchase one when you register for the ride. We'll put them on order and mail to you when they arrive.