More than 100 bicyclists are ready to ride on Saturday, September 28, to raise money to support programs of the Moore County YMCA, according to Susan Riseling, coordinator for Saturday's activities. It is called the Texas Tumbleweed 100, and this year will be the seventh year that bicyclists from around the area and beyond have gathered in McDade Park and set out on a trek around the Panhandle. Last year more than 130 riders took part, and the Y raised over $10,000 from entry fees and sponsorships.
Riseling says there will be four routes this year: 12 miles, 35 miles, 67.2 miles, and 100 miles, something for just about everyone. There will be rest stops along the way, plenty of safety patrols, and for those who decide they can't ride any longer, someone to pick them up and drive them back to McDade Park.
The ride/race begins at 8:00 am and continues until everyone returns. The entry fee is $40.00, $25.00 for those 13 to 17. The fee includes a spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the Dumas Rotary Club, at the Hampton Inn the night before the ride/race and a barbecue lunch on Saturday. Those not riding can purchase a lunch for $10.00.
Riseling says there is still time to register. People can register at txtumbleweed100.com or the Y in Dumas beforehand or in McDade Park on the day of the ride, beginning at 6:30 am. On Friday evening, beginning at 5:30 pm, they can register at the Hampton Inn.
Riseling says all riders must wear a helmet. As for prizes, everyone will get a t-shirt and medal for participating. There will also be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, male and female divisions, for those participating in the High Plains Double Century Challenge, which is returning for a second year. Riders must participate in the 100 mile race in Dumas on the 28th and the 100 mile Hale on Wheels race in Plainview on the 21st. Winners will be determined by the fastest combined times for the two races. Last year, Judy Fleming of Lubbock celebrated her 54th birthday by winning the women's division, and Geoff Hall of Amarillo rode off with the men's prize.
Riseling says people are coming from as far away as Pennsylvania and Boulder, Colorado to ride this year. The event is open to anyone who wants to participate. For more information, go to txtumbleweed100.com or call the Y at 806-935-4136.