Bicyclists from across the South will converge on Lake Charles this weekend for the 26th annual Tour Lafitte Metric Century. KPLC's own Tim Bourgeois, an avid bicyclist himself, envisioned this event over a quarter century ago, and it's grown into one of the biggest rides on the Gulf Coast.
Five rides will be offered; 64, 50, 40, 27 and 10 miles, with fully stocked break points along the way. Nearly a hundred volunteers will be there to make sure everyone's ride is safe and enjoyable, and there will be a big prize giveaway.
Powered by KPLC and area businesses and sponsored by Lake Charles Toyota, proceeds from Tour Lafitte benefit Special Olympics. It's a day of fun, fitness and more, and a great way to showcase Southwest Louisiana.
Log onto tourlafitte.com for specifics including registration details. The tour departs from the Lake Charles Civic Center this Saturday morning at 7:30 sharp. Be sure to get there early. The Tarver family will be serving up pancakes for breakfast and then hot dogs for lunch. Big Easy Foods will serve jambalaya, and the Moss Bluff United Methodist Church will cook up a gumbo.
The Lake Charles Toyota Tour Lafitte 26. Just ride it, because a bicycle is one of the greatest ways to fully appreciate the beauty of our better Southwest Louisiana.