The WC Handy Festival Three State Bike Ride is the premier cycling event held in “The Shoals” each year. The ride begins and ends at scenic McFarland Park, on the banks of the Tennessee River near downtown Florence, Alabama. Distance options of 21, 39, 61, 70, 100, and 107 miles are available to suit riders of all ability levels. Regardless of which ride is chosen, all riders will enjoy beautiful scenery. Following the ride, participants can enjoy musical events related to the W. C. Handy Music Festival. The Festival is a weeklong celebration of the life and music of W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues, who was born in Florence.