The 2017 MAC Poker Ride - Another Successful Event!

We have managed to grow our event every year since we started. We are dedicated to making this one of the best and most organized events you'll ever attend. This year was our biggest yet with almost 350 riders. We always have great sponsors and this year we added a great menu for the post race meal provided by Snack Wagon Concessions. They did a great job and the food was awesome! We tried a new route marking system this year and as with anything you try for the first time, you learn a few things you can use to improve on for the next time. The system of painting the route directions with spray chalk directly on the road prevents vandalism of signs, which is something we've experienced every year and it allows us much more time to mark the routes. When using signs, they can not be placed until the morning of the event and because it takes 6 or 7 hours, it's nearly impossible on the morning of the event. We took suggestions from participants and will make the necessary changed to perfect this system for next year. It will be even better in 2018.

LKN Excursion 100 mile route added!

The Lake Norman Excursion was a very popular ride in this area. We were all disappointed when it was discontinued. But the departure of the Excursion is what lead to the birth of the MAC Poker Ride so it's not all bad news. The 100 mile route the Excursion offered has been missed... until now! This year's MAC Poker Ride will welcome the return of the 100 mile Excursion route. We're looking forward to bringing those riders who enjoy the full century route to this year's poker ride. This should be our best year yet!

Nine things to avoid on your first century ride:

By Michael Nystrom -
You've registered, trained and are ready to show up at the start line and drop the hammer. Not so fast—here are some things you need to keep in mind before you ride your 100 miles to glory.
  1. POOR PACING - Once the gun goes off, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and start off too fast. If you've averaged 14 mph on your training rides, averaging 18 mph on your first 20-or-so miles is a recipe for disaster come mile 80. Ride at your own pace not somebody else's.
  2. LACK OF CALORIES - It's important to eat before you're hungry. Making a consistent effort to consume at least 200 calories an hour will sustain your energy throughout the entire ride. Pack as much nutrition as you can, but stop at the aid stations as needed.
  3. TOO MANY BREAKS - While stopping to rest may sound like a good plan, sometimes it's more efficient to keep riding - even at a snail's pace. Prolonging your day can zap you of crucial mental energy needed to persevere late in the day. Stop when needed, but be mindful that it will likely equate to more time in the elements.
  4. POOR HYDRATION - Perhaps the only thing more important than your caloric intake is proper hydration. Make an effort to hydrate every 15 minutes, and refill your bottles at the aid stations. Electrolytes are crucial late in the day, so test what works best for you before you commit. And don't ever skip an aid station if there's even a remote chance your bottles will soon be empty, lest you live to regret it.
  5. TRYING NEW FOOD - Sure, those cookies and popsicles at the aid station look delicious, but they may not agree with your digestive system. It's best to stick with familiar, easily digestible food (hello banana, my old friend) - especially late in the ride. These effects are amplified further when the weather is on the extreme end of the spectrum.
  6. NO CUE SHEET - Most century rides are well-marked, but on the rare occasion you find yourself at a fork in the road, you should always have a printout of the route available to reference. One hundred miles is far enough - don't add more by taking a wrong turn.
  7. TRYING NEW GEAR - That flashy new pair of cycling shoes at the expo may look tempting, but don't try any untested gear the day of the ride. Even though they're probably lighter, faster and newer, you'll likely be regretting your decision late in the ride when a new ache or pain pops up. Ever heard of hot feet? If not, it's not the time to find out.
  8. NOT BREAKING UP THE DISTANCE - There's no way around it, pedaling for 100 miles makes for a long day. Pro tip: Break up the distance with small victories. Count down the miles to the next aid station or focus on just making it to the top of the climb. Thinking about a century ride in it's entirety will make it seem insurmountable.
  9. NOT HAVING FUN - At the end of the day, a century ride is just a long bike ride. Get a group of your buddies, or make friends out on the route, and enjoy the scenery and atmosphere. This isn't the Tour de France - don't take yourself too seriously.

This Vehicle Powered By Area Cyclists

Ada Jenkins Center was able to purchase a new van from $23,000 we raised from the 2016 Mac Poker Ride. We would like to thank everyone that joined us is contributing to this worthy cause. We would also like to give a special thanks to the Rotary Club Top of the Lake, Mooresville Rescue Squad Fund and Sam's Club in Mooresville for contributing generously to that total.

It was a great year. We hope to make it even better in 2017. We're always looking to increase participation. More participation means more donations to charity and that's what we're all about. We hope to see you on August 5th of 2017 for the next edition of the MAC Poker Ride.

Check Presentation to Ada Jenkins Center


On December 5th, 2016 through the efforts of the MAC Poker Ride, Mooresville Area Cyclists, Top of the Lake Rotary Club, Mooresville Rescue Squad Fund and a few other personal donations, we presented a check to Ada Jenkins for $23,000.00! They will use these funds to purchase a new 15 passenger Ford van. Thank you to everyone that supported this event whether you showed up to ride, volunteer or sponsor, this huge accomplishment is on you! We thank you and Ada Jenkins thanks you!