Sugar, Spice & Rice
THURSDAY, APRIL 5th
Main Route = 38 miles / 61km
Long Route = 73 miles / 117km*
*Long route includes a 5.6 mile / 9.0 km out and back leg to a lunch option
Lafayette - Broussard - Youngsville - Abbeville - New Iberia
Breakfast Options: Breakfast is on your own. We recommend @@
7:00 - 8:30a: SHUTTLES BETWEEN Vermilionville & designated lafayette hotels (Garden Inn & Holiday Inn north)
Bicycle parking options i 1) you can lock your bike Wednesday night up to one of our racks outside at @@, 2) you can drive over Thursday morning and drop off your bike at Vermilionville, then drive back to the Holiday Inn or Garden Inn, park your vehicle, and catch the shuttle to Vermilionville, 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 @@. 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 Luggage trailers are staged at @@@. If you are camping or staying at New Iberia Holiday Inn on Thursday night please drop off your luggage at Vermilionville 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 @@ the Main Route will separate from the Long Route. 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 New Iberia.
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 TBD
- 2:00p - 6:00p TBD
- 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.
NEW IBERIA CITY PARK - DAY 1 FINAL DESTINATION POINT
2:00p - 6:00p Shuttle service for bikes & riders from Avery Island to New Iberia City Park. The route from Avery Island to City Park is only 10 miles and is well-marked for an easy bike ride. However, since it is a weekday with after-work traffic and through a busy section of town; if you wish, we will provide shuttle services to cart you and your bike from Avery Island to City Park.
2:00p - until: Shower trucks, day bags and luggage will be available for you at New Iberia City Park.
3:00p - 11:00p Shuttle Services between New Iberia City Park & Downtown New Iberia and the official hotels of Cycle Zydeco (Hampton Inn New Iberia, Ramada Lafayette, and Holiday Inn Lafayette).
It is an easy 0.5 mile walk or ride from New Iberia City Park to the Steamboat Pavilion in the heart of Downtown. Bring your bike locks, lights and Zydeco Bucks.
3:00p - 5:30p Complimentary therapy and massages from Matt Smith with Clark Chiropractic. Available next to Matt will be Minute Med with IV Fluid Re-hydration.
NEW IBERIA: DOWNTOWN CREATIVE MARKET & CONCERT
The City of New Iberia is very excited to be hosting Cycle Zydeco. They have moved the date of their semi-annual art walk (the Downtown Creative Market) to coincide with the arrival of Cycle Zydeco. Riders will be on their own for dinner this night. At the end of the art walk, Cycle Zydeco will host a special concert, presented by Clementine on Main, at the Steamboat Pavilion on the banks of the Bayou Teche.
4:00p - 7:00p New Iberia Art Walk. Take in the sights and sounds of "The most beautiful downtown in America" according to famous "Dave Robichaux" novels author, James Lee Burke. There are several businesses that are not only offering specials for Cycle Zydeco participants, but are also part of the CZ Scavenger Hunt.
- Taunt Na Na's Flea Market: Free Popcorn for Cycle Zydeco riders.
- Shadows-on-the-Teche Historic Home: Experience a beautifully preserved Antebellum southern home at Shadows-on-the-Teche. From 2:00p - 5:30p, the historic home and museum will be offering cocktails, snacks, and 40 minute tours for only $15. Availability of the tour is limited, so get your ticket today!
- Conrad Rice Mill/Konriko Company Store: Special tour rate of $2.80 for all participants in Cycle Zydeco. Tour hours are from 10:00a - 5:00p. More info.
- Iberia Parish Library: Free tour of the Bunk Johnson Jazz Collection Room, where you can listen to a sampling of his music and/or watch an informative video.
- Sweet Interiors: 25% off all wall art
Dinner: Riders are on their own for dinner. There will be many options during the Downtown Creative Market and after.
Zydeco Bucks Participating Restaurants:
- Clementine on Main
- NILA's Bourbon Hall
- Little River Inn
- Bon Creole
4:00p - 9:30p Cash bar next to the Steamboat Pavilion in Downtown New Iberia. Be sure to bring the redeemable drink tickets provided in your registration packet!
6:30p - 9:30p Live Cajun & Zydeco music performed by Grammy winner Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band. The concert will be presented by Clementine on Main, at the Steamboat Pavilion in downtown New Iberia.
9:30p - 11:00p Continue enjoying the bars and restaurants in downtown New Iberia. Our shuttles will run until 11:00p.