Hundreds of cyclists ride in the 7th Southern Magnolia 100

Sunday morning, hundreds of cyclists came to the Woolmarket community to be a part of the 7th annual Southern Magnolia 100. (Photo source: WLOX)
Sunday morning, hundreds of cyclists came to the Woolmarket community to be a part of the 7th annual Southern Magnolia 100. (Photo source: WLOX)
Event Coordinator Eddie Holmes says it is all about fun, so even though there's a timer present, it's not technically a race. (Photo source: WLOX)
Event Coordinator Eddie Holmes says it is all about fun, so even though there's a timer present, it's not technically a race. (Photo source: WLOX)
There were five different bicycle routes for riders to choose from, ranging in different levels and distances. (Photo source: WLOX)
There were five different bicycle routes for riders to choose from, ranging in different levels and distances. (Photo source: WLOX)

WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) - Classic cars aren't the only things rolling in South Mississippi this weekend. Sunday morning, hundreds of cyclists came to the Woolmarket community to be a part of the 7th annual Southern Magnolia 100.

There were five different bicycle routes for riders to choose from, ranging in different levels and distances. Event Coordinator Eddie Holmes says it is all about fun, so even though there's a timer present, it's not technically a race.

"It's fun. It's not only good exercise, it's a good time. It's a ride," Holmes said. "It's a fun ride that people can do with their families."

For all cyclists, even the more competitive ones, Harrison County Sheriff's deputies were there to make sure everyone stayed on the right course.

"We want it to be fun, but number one, it's got to be a safe ride and a safe route for the people to ride on," Holmes said.

Tim Ozmun came to participate in the 40 mile route, which is the longest he has every ridden. He used to be a runner, but after losing one of his legs two years ago in a motorcycle accident, he says cycling is the next best thing.

"Cycling seemed to be very easy for me. It wasn't hard with the weight baring, and what not, so it was the next logical step, I guess," Ozmun said.

Ozmun said having to switch to peddling from pavement wasn't the easiest, but the support of the bicycle community keeps him pushing.

"It's everyone around you, you know, they're always cheering you on. They say I'm an inspiration, but they're an inspiration to me. All the well wishes and you know, the comradery of everybody out here. That's awesome," Ozmun said.

There were 340 registered cyclists for this year's event. All proceeds will go to the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club to cover expenses of the event, and to go towards future events.

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