Harrisburg hosts the 2nd stop on this year’s series with a high-profile start at the popular Broad Street Market in downtown, the nation’s oldest continually operating market. The event rolls past the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building at the start before entering the rolling countryside of rural Dauphin County, home to corner cafes, an eclectic collection of small businesses and superb riding. All rides return to downtown with a scenic ride down North Front Street adjacent to the Susquehanna River.
While in Harrisburg, explore the downtown and midtown neighborhoods that are alive with new restaurants, shops and larger-than-life murals, visit the National Civil War Museum or take in the sunset over the Susquehanna River with a craft beer or local spirit. Just a few miles from Harrisburg, you’ll find the historic town of Hershey, The Sweetest Place on Earth® and a world-class tourism destination where you can enjoy family-friendly entertainment and thrill rides at Hersheypark®.
The sporty and stylish town of Ridgeland is Mississippi’s premier cycling destination, attracting serious athletes and casual peddlers alike. Recognized as the state’s best waterfront destination, Ridgeland is just north of the Mississippi capital of Jackson and located on the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile scenic road following the historic travel corridor used by American Indians, settlers, slave traders, soldiers and future presidents. Each of the FCCUSA routes utilizes a part of the parkway, known as one of the best cycling roadways in the U.S. since it’s closed to commercial traffic and under a strictly-enforced speed limit. All event activities take place at Old Trace Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a haven for boaters, kayakers, skiers, anglers, paddle boarders, picnickers and birdwatchers.