Sports legend Bo Jackson and hundreds of cyclists will be in Cordova on Saturday, April 27, for the second annual charity bike ride. All the money raised will go to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, which was established to address unmet needs of tornado survivors.
The Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee has received approximately $260,000 from this fund.
Cordova High School has been chosen as the hub for the event.
The 60-mile ride will start at the school at 8 a.m. Cyclists participating in the 20-mile ride will leave from the school at 10 a.m.
Rest stops are planned along the route in Sipsey, Jasper and Boldo. Members of local service organizations will be manning each of the stops.
Cyclists are expected to arrive at CHS around noon.
Cordova VISTA Lauren Vance said the finish of the ride will be the best opportunity for local residents to participate. Entertainment will be provided and concessions will also be available.
“We’re encouraging everyone to come for the after-party,” Vance said.
The area around CHS and other parts of Cordova will not be accessible at certain times on April 27 to accommodate the event.
The loop around the school that includes Devil Drive and Adkins Drive will be closed to traffic throughout the day.
Gardner’s Gin Road, Massachusetts Avenue and Green Avenue will be blocked at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to allow cyclists to pass through the city.
Spectator parking for the event will be available along Massachusetts Avenue. The parking lots at the elementary, middle and high schools will be reserved strictly for cyclists.
Volunteers are needed to assist with parking, traffic, rider staging and clean-up.
All volunteers will be required to attend training. For more information, contact Vance at 483-9266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for cyclists is open now at www.bobikesbama.com. A minimum donation of $60 is required for the 60-mile ride and $40 for the 20-mile ride or $100 the day of the event for either ride.
A silent auction is also planned for Friday, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham.
Tickets are $100, which includes beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres. VIP tickets are available for $250 to participate in a meet-and-greet with Jackson and the celebrity riders.
Three bikes used by Jackson in last year’s ride will be among the sports memorabilia included in the auction.
Bo Bikes Bama has raised more than $600,000 for the cause of recovery so far, according to the official website.