Sugar, Spice & Rice
THURSDAY, APRIL 20th
Main Route = 42 mile (52 without shuttle*)
Long Route = 70 miles (60 with shuttle*)
*Optional shuttles for cyclists and their bikes from Avery Island to New Iberia City Park
Lafayette - Broussard - Youngsville - Abbeville - Jefferson Island - Avery Island - New Iberia
Breakfast Options: Breakfast is on your own. We recommend T-Coon's (Zydeco Bucks are good here - 1900 W. Pinhook Rd. Lafayette, LA) or having breakfast at your hotel. Ramada is offering all Cycle Zydeco participants 50% off of their $10 buffet breakfast (purchase coupons from the Ramada front desk). Holiday Inn Lafayette offers a $10 breakfast. Be sure to wear the CZ wristband you picked up at registration! Also, Louisiana's own CC's Coffee House will have their coffee truck onsite at Ramada-Lafayette with coffee and a variety of breakfast items.
7:00 - 8:30a: SHUTTLES BETWEEN Ramada Lafayette / Holiday Inn Lafayette / Fairfield Inn Lafayette.
RAMADA LAFAYETTE CONFERENCE CENTER
Bicycle parking options if you are not staying at Ramada: 1) you can lock your bike Wednesday night up to one of our racks outside at Ramada, 2) you can drive over Thursday morning and drop off your bike at Ramada, then drive back to the Holiday Inn or Fairfield, park your vehicle, and catch the shuttle to Ramada, or 3) if you are camping or staying at the designated local hotels in New Iberia, Breaux Bridge, or Opelousas; then you can park your vehicles at the Ramada. Be sure to have your parking pass clearly visible on the dash board.
6:00 - 8:15a: Late check-in, packet pick-up, bicycle rentals & shipped bicycles pick-up.
- 6:00 - 8:30a All luggage trailers are staged at Ramada-Lafayette. If you are camping or staying at New Iberia Holiday Inn on Thursday night please drop off your luggage at Ramada during this time slot. If you are staying in a Lafayette hotel Thursday night, we suggest packing a small "day bag" with a towel and change of clothes to put on the luggage truck. All luggage will be delivered to New Iberia City Park, the staging area for Thursday afternoon.
- 7:45a - 8:30a: Pre-ride jam
- 8:30a: Allons Rouler! Let's ride!
8:30a: This is the only mass start for Cycle Zydeco AND is escorted by police through youngsville. all riders must leave together from Ramada Inn & Conference Center. do not ride ahead or try to pass the escort!
The Main & Long routes will travel together to Youngsville then at mile 14 the Main Route (42 & 52 milers) will separate from the Long Route (70 or 60 milers). The routes will be well marked with paint & some vertical signage. The Long route will travel to Abbeville, LA then meet the Main Route in Jefferson Island and then all routes will travel to Avery Island, home of the Tabasco Factory & Jungle Gardens.
From Avery Island we will have shuttle services available to bring you and your bike to New Iberia City Park. From there you will easily be able to ride from New Iberia City Park to Shadows-on-the-Teche and other parts of downtown New Iberia. If you want to ride into New Iberia from Avery Island, it is an additional 10 miles (on a Thursday afternoon). So the Main route would increase from 42 to 52 miles. If you are riding the Long Route and decide to take the shuttle from Avery Island, then the ride will decrease from 70 miles to 60 miles.
Is the Intergalatic Boudin Capital of the World. You will have plenty of opportunities to judge for yourself over the next few days. On Sunday, Cycle Zydeco will take you to the Scott Boudin Festival. Scott, LA is the official Boudin Capital of the World according to the State of Louisiana's legislature. In Broussard, we recommend using your Zydeco Bucks at BJ's Poorboys & Sandwiches (07 N Morgan Ave, Broussard, LA) and/or Ton's Drive-In (101 W. Main St., Broussard, LA). Other lunch or snack options include Billeaud Grocery (world renown for its delicious boudin & cracklins), and Young's Sports Grill.
You are now in the heart of sugar cane growing region in Lafayette Parish, once the 3rd largest producer of sugar cane in Louisiana. It will be close to lunchtime and there are a several options to consider whether for a meal or adult hydration. Our recommendations are Romacelli's in Sugarmill Pond, and Hooked-Up Bar & Grill, where you can use your Zydeco Bucks. Other options include: Blue Apache, KK's Cafe & Cakery, Twins Burger & Sweets, Morvant's Bar & Grill, Dewey's, Rotollo's, Nunu's Fresh Market and several others.
MAIN & LONG ROUTE SAGS (refreshment stations):
- 10:00a - 1:00p Sugar Mill Pond, Youngsville
- 12:00p - 4:00p Rip Van Winkle Gardens & Joseph Jefferson Home
- 2:00p - 6:00p Tabasco Factory, shuttles for bikes and riders available
- 3:00p - 6:00p New Iberia City Park
Additional LONG ROUTE SAG (refreshment stations):
- 11:00a - 2:00p Dupuy Seafood & Steaks in downtown Abbeville
ABBEVILLE (LONG route)
If you ride the longer route out to Abbeville then you will pass by the Steen's Cane Syrup Plant. World famous Dupuy's Seafood & Steakhouse is not only a water station for riders, but is also a great option for lunch where you can use your Zydeco Bucks. The route will also take you through some beautiful areas in downtown Abbeville, such as Magdalen Square, St. Mary Magdalen Church, the Vermilion Parish courthouse and several others.