Jimmy’s Ride, the annual motorcycle trek from Lynchburg to Sewanee in honor of former Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jimmy Bedford, is coming up next month. The event, which was established by the family and friends of Bedford to “honor the great life he lived and to sustain his efforts in making the community he loved a better place” is slated for Saturday, Oct. 11.
And if you’re not an avid motorcycle rider, don’t worry, the ride is open to more than just two-wheeled machines. Anyone is welcome — bikes, cars and trucks — to join in the scenic ride through the southern Middle Tennessee countryside for the fifth annual ride.
Proceeds of Jimmy’s Ride will be put back into the Lynchburg community and will benefit the Jimmy Bedford Scholarship Fund at Tennessee Tech University. Bedford, who loved to ride motorcycles, was the sixth Master Distiller at Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
The fifth annual Jimmy’s Ride will leave Wiseman Park, just off the historic Lynchburg square at 10 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 11.
Pre-registration is available online at <www.jimmysride.com> or by contacting event coordinators at (615) 347-5833 by phone,
Register early to beat the Saturday morning rush. Check in and on-site registration opens that morning at 8 a.m.
Like previous Jimmy’s Rides, the route will leave Lynchburg and travel to Sewanee. The ride route will return to Wiseman Park in Lynchburg. The cost of the ride is $40, which includes participating in the ride, a commemorative T-shirt, one boxed lunch and a raffle ticket. Passengers buying lunch only will cost just $10.
Additional lunches, T-shirts and more may be purchased online at <www.jimmysride.com> as well for passengers or for anyone who would like to join the festivities after the ride.