(February 21st, 2015)
MACC along with 350+ riders from across 25 states made history in Alabama honoring the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma by participating in the MBC 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride. The ride was organized by the of Montgomery, Alabama. Around 40 MACC and Dream Team members arrived in Montgomery the evening before and the morning of the ride.
Excitement and anticipation was in the air as we loaded the buses Saturday morning for the 55 mile ride to Selma where the ride would begin. We fellowshipped with bikers from many other clubs and political officials while reflecting on the importance of the ride and the greatness of those who endured Bloody Sunday and the March on Selma.
We stood awaiting the start of the ride at the bottom of the Edmund Pettus bridge and listened to the Mayor of Selma and the Selma police chief provide words of thankfulness and encouragement for the 55 miles ahead. A “Welcome from the Selma police chief over a Bullhorn”, what a direct contrast to what happened 50 years ago.
As we rolled across the bridge I’m sure we all thought of those before us, the accomplishments made and the fact that there is still much to be done. The ride along the historic route was casual; this was not about speed it was about getting a sense of what the march was like for those many walkers. The route was partially flat with some long inclines, the only real challenge was the 13mph headwind from start to finish; regardless, no one was deterred or disappointed. We made our way to back to the capital of Montgomery stopping along the way at the historical sites where many of the marchers rested. Once we arrived back in Montgomery, we stopped for photo ops on the steps of the capitol and then off to the Dexter King Memorial Center for a meal and opportunity to view historical information and photos on the march.
It was a great ride, possibly the highlight of our rides and certainly a memory that will never be forgotten. This video produced by the Iron Riders Dallas Cycling Club sums it up, beautifully!
Published on Feb 22, 2015
Iron Riders Dallas Cycling Club joins 330 riders across the country for this historic event.