Tour de Feud Cycling Rally
The Fall Tour de Feud is one of Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming’s many great outdoor events, and is an open road cycling ride that is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, September 23. Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming will begin Friday, September 21, and will go through Sunday, September 23, 2018.
The bike ride will take place on Sunday afternoon, with the route following KY ST 319 in Hardy to the McCoy homestead. From there the ride will progress across Hardy Mountain to the Hog Trial Cabin in Blackberry. Once the riders hit 1056, the route will progress up 1056 W to Bluesprings, where it will turn around and head back down 1056 E toward Matewan.
Once the group hits Matewan, riders can abandon or join the ride there and continue up WV ST 49 & 65 toward Red Jacket, the Ellis Hatfield Cemetery, and the birth place of Devil Anse Hatfield at Straight Fork.
From there the ride will progress back down WV ST Route 49 & 65 toward Sprigg where the riders will cross the Tug Fork River again back into Kentucky and follow KY ST RT 292 past the other McCoy homestead and the baby’s grave site to conclude at Burnwell.
Cyclists may join or abandon the ride at any point as desired at several sites throughout this course in order to accommodate you fitness and riding comfort level.
About Tour de Feud
The Tour de Feud is a biannual open road cycling event that’s held twice a year. The first ride, held in spring, is scheduled for the second Sunday in June. This event follows the Hatfield McCoy Marathon which is now in its 20 year as of 2018. The fall Tour de Feud cycling event is done in conjunction with the Hatfield and McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming which is held September 21, 22 and 23, 2018. Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming is a three-day event that features outdoor events, live entertainment, meet and greets with feud descendants, and a pig roast at the Pikeville Farmer’s Market. The event ends with a special memorial service at the McCoy Well in Hardy, KY, lead by Hatfield and McCoy descendants.
The Spring Ride starts at Blackberry Park located just off KY State Route 1056 then proceeds over into WV and follows WV Rt 49 toward KY 292.
The Fall Ride starts along KY ST RT 319 and proceeds up The Randal McCoy Trail toward the Hog Trail Site and KY ST HWY 1056. From there the route crosses over into the town of Matewan and follows WV ST RT 65 toward Red Jacket, then onto WV ST RT 49 back to KY HWY 292.
Each event takes riders past many of the historical landmarks and feud sites which exists on both sides of the river.