Luke Bryan didn’t want a COVID-19 diagnosis to wreck his plans for a huge bike ride.
Fortunately, the country superstar felt well enough to get back on his road bike to train and compete. He revealed that he’d participated in the 100-mile Natchez Century Ride in Mississippi during an interview, Wednesday, on the Today show.
Bryan announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on April 12. Because of his diagnosis, he was sidelined from his job as a judge on American Idol. And he also had to cancel his appearance at the Academy of Country Music Awards show. He accepted his Entertainer of the Year award via Zoom.
The bike race was three weeks after his announcement.
“I feel great. I was fortunate to not have any long, longer-lasting effects,” Luke Bryan told the Today hosts. “Just kind of had a couple of cruddy days. Then I kind of got back up and got back to moving. It was funny, I had a 100-mile bike ride scheduled in Mississippi, so I kind of had to get back on my bike and get training for that.”
“I was able to do a 100-mile bike ride and felt pretty good,” he said. “So, I didn’t pull any hamstrings or anything.”
Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley Rode with Two Former Cycling Stars
Luke Bryan is a month from his 45th birthday. So he definitely was in excellent shape to even think about completing a long bike ride through the Mississippi countryside.
Bryan and fellow country star Dierks Bentley rode together. And this was a legitimate kind of cycling event. Two former pro cyclists also headlined the ride — Robbie Ventura and Christian Vande Velde. Both Ventura and Vande Velde rode for the U.S. Postal Cycling Team in the early 2000s. Ventura was more of a stage racer. Vande Velde, who now works as an analyst for NBC, finished fourth in the 2008 Tour de France.
According to WLBT, Ventura invited Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley to ride along in Mississippi. However, the stars didn’t want to publicize their participation until the day of the race. They wanted to keep it lowkey.
Bentley posted a photo on Twitter of the two of them after the race.
He said “not sure what was harder… doing 100 miles in 4 hours and 30 minutes or going out in public without my shorts on ha. Spent most of the time behind Luke Bryan wondering where his were too.”
The two were wearing padded, spandex bike shorts. It’s what one wears during a long ride.
Luke Bryan was on the Today show to announce his Las Vegas residency. Because the Covid pandemic seems to be under control, more singers are headed back to live concerts. Bryan will head to Las Vegas in February 2022. He’ll be one of the founding headliners at the new The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas.