Buyer Beware for Ride in OKC

2/22/2013: New information about this ride has been posted to OBS.

In my duties with the Oklahoma Bicycle Society, I was alerted about a potential ride scam going on here in OKC that I think everyone should be aware of.  My full story on the scam is as follows:

OBS has been alerted by a kind reader about a potential scam ride that has made its way to Oklahoma. The Bike The City ride was announced as a ride in Dallas, going along Hwy. 75 to McKinney. The ride “organizers” announced that they had permission to shut down Hwy. 75 for the route, which if you know anything about Dallas, would be a truly amazing feat of organization and governmental cooperation.

BikeDFW investigated these claims (http://www.bikedfw.org/bike_the_city_tour_buyer_beware) and discovered the following:

  • No permits had been acquired from any of the cities.
  • Bike The City had falsely claimed that the cities of Dallas, Plano, Richardson and McKinney were sponsoring the ride.
  • It would have been extremely unlikely that a permit would ever be given to close down this route.

However, until extremely recently, Bike the City was still collecting registration fees for the ride. Within the last few weeks, the ride site has now changed to state that a ride will take place in OKC.

This ride appears to be just as suspicious as the ride in Dallas. The following are red flags that we believe should keep riders from registering for the ride:

  • The ride route has a large number of turns which would require a large number of manned stations and would be confusing for the maximum 5,000 riders being allowed on the route.
  • The ride route would require a large section of Lincoln Ave. and two good-sized sections of Classen Blvd. to be closed which would, like Hwy. 75 in Dallas, be difficult to do.
  • The ride FAQ states that, “We have communicated with every jurisdiction regarding their requirements and suggestions dating back to last July. Our traffic engineer has completed plans for the race, and we are working with area police chiefs on acquiring Public Safety Officers.” This ride was, as of early January, being planned for Dallas, and therefore we would see no reason that these permits would have been sought for OKC from last July.
  • The website for the Dallas ride is still active with Dallas information: http://www.bikedallas.net/
  • Finally, the registration page still has all of the information from the Dallas ride still included.

All of these flags lead us to discourage any riders from registering for this event. We will inform you if we get any additional information. Thanks to Laura P. from Dallas for alerting us about this situation.

via Blog | Oklahoma Bicycle Society.

Update 02/21/2013 3:44 PM: Local media in Dallas are covering the sketchy nature of the cancellation of the Dallas ride – http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/02/organizers_cancel_dallas-to-mc.php


Registration Open for the 2nd Annual Luke's 5-line Ride

Lukes5linelogo

I reported last year about 14-year-old Luke Nefus’ unique 5-Line Ride up in the Oklahoma Panhandle where, if you take on the longest ride, you’ll touch 5 states in one day while raising monies for Livestrong. Well, thankfully, he is doing it again this year, September 20 – 22nd, and early registration is now open.

The following distances will be available this year:

  • 120 Miles, the full distance which touches 5 states (CO, NM, OK, TX and KS).
  • 95 Miles, touches 4 states(CO, NM, OK and TX)
  • 60 Miles, the Santa Fe Trail Route, touches 3 states (CO, NM and OK)
  • 40 Miles, touches 3 states (CO, NM and OK)

Between now and March 31, registration is $175, between April 1st and June 30, $200 and after July 1st, $250. It is important to note that all but $50 dollars of your registration amount is tax-deductible with the remaining funds going to Livestrong.

Your registration includes the following:

  • 2 nights of lodging at Camp Billy Joe.
  • Pre and post ride meals on the day of the ride, September 21st.
  • Post-ride entertainment featuring The Dizzy Pickers
  • Limited edition T-Shirt for the full 5 line riders, with all riders receiving a T-Shirt.
  • Gift bag
  • Hot Showers
  • Sag support and fully stocked water/nutrition stations.
  • Rider protection provided by ICE.events

Full details about the ride can be found at http://lukes5line.com.

I really think this is a unique riding experience is an area of Oklahoma few of us ever get to ride in given the lack of towns and people in that neck-of-the-woods. I personally can’t wait to ride in it this year (I didn’t have time last) and I hope this ride really starts to take off!


Oklahoma Freewheel 2013 Route Announced

The Oklahoma Freewheel has announced their 2013 route with a return to eastern Oklahoma after a couple of years further west.  This year will start in Idabel and finish in Joplin, MO after crossing some scenic and a bit hilly terrain.  Total mileage is between 458-509 miles depending on the optional routes.

Route Breakdown

Day 0, June 8: Idabel-TX Border      41 miles

Day 1, June 9: Idabel-Antlers              68 miles

Day 2, June 10: Antlers-Talihina        62 OR 73 miles

Day 3, June 11: Talihina-Warner       68 miles

Day 4, June 12: Warner-Tahlequah  58 miles

Day 5, June 13: Tahlequah-Pryor      60 OR 100 miles

Day 6, June 14: Pryor-Miami                64 miles

Day 7, June 15: Miami-Joplin, MO   37 miles

 

As mentioned earlier, Adult registration starts at $295 and $195 for youth 6-24.  Registration is available now at http://www.okfreewheel.info/wps/2013-2/registration/.


Oklahoma Freewheel Announces Price Increase, Route Announcement Tomorrow

The Oklahoma Freewheel has announced the registration fees for this year’s ride which will start at $295 for an adult (from $175 last year) and $195 for riders under 24 (up from $100 for riders under 15 last year).  They list the benefits for the price increases as follows:

One of our first steps is to make FreeWheel THE premier bicycle tour in the country. The better our event and the more people we can bring to our host communities, the more everyone wins. A key way to do this is through awarding grants to our host communities to make their towns more bicycle friendly so they can continue to attract cyclists long after our ride in June is over.
Based on your feedback we are also making some big improvements to FreeWheel 2013. Here are some of the changes you will see:

  • Upgraded shower truck.
  • T-shirt included in registration fees for all week and half week riders.
  • Youth designation (and price) expanded to include young adults up to age 24.
  • Option of registering for and riding in a single stage.
  • “Teams” composed of groups of 5 or more may register for a full week at a discounted price.
  • An on-line only registration process for your convenience. Registration will be online ONLY, but there will be no additional credit card processing fees.
  • FreeWheel “scholarships” to be awarded to up to 5 lucky participants.
  • A new and improved website (to be unveiled at the route announcement).
  • More and better signage.
  • Helpers to load luggage onto the semi-truck in the morning.

The Oklahoma Freewheel route announcement will be tomorrow at 6:30 PM at Joe Mamma’s Pizza in Tulsa.


Downtown Bicycle Tours in October

Starting this Tuesday, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. and Spokies Bike Share are organizing three downtown bicycle tours:

Have you ever wondered what that crazy sculpture is called? Have you ever wanted to dazzle your friends with your intimate knowledge of our city's rich history? Sign up for one of the Downtown OKC Bike Tours! It's fun and it's free.

Sign up today for your opportunity to get a unique perspective of our city's history, art and architecture. Each tour is led by an expert guide who will reveal the people, places and stories that have made Oklahoma City rich with culture. As opposed to simply driving through downtown, bike tours give you a more in-depth look at neighborhoods and buildings. The casual atmosphere of the tours allows for more questions and interaction with the experts guiding the tours.

(via Downtown OKC Bike Tours)

The three rides are as follows:

  • October 2nd: History Tour starting at the Spokies Station at the Chickasaw Downtown Ballpark
  • October 9th: Public Art Tour starting at the Downtown Library
  • October 16th: Architecture Tour starting at the Spokies Station at 9th and Broadway

All rides start at 6:00 PM and are 2 1/2 to 3 miles in length, perfect for riders of all abilities. At this time all Spokies bikes are spoken for, but you are welcome to bring your own bike.

Sign up and full details available at: http://www.downtownokc.com/downtownokcbiketours.aspx

 


14 Year Old Cyclist Aims to Raise $20,000 for Livestrong

Luke Nefus (via http://lukeisthebikeman.blogspot.com/)

Last year, Luke Neafus raised $10,000 dollars for the Livestrong foundation. This year the 14-year-old aims to double that through the Luke’s 5 Line Ride, a one day, 110 mile ride, touching 5 states in the Panhandle of Oklahoma on September 8th. Registration for the ride is $250 but $200 of that is tax-deductible as a donation to Livestrong. Full details about the ride can be found here and registration is available at USA Cycling. If you can’t make the ride, you can donate to the cause by going to Luke’s Livestrong page. You can follow along with Luke’s great efforts by following his active twitter account at @luckes5line.


Fred Kamp Profiled by KFOR

I’m a little late on this one, but last weekend was Fred Kamp Day in honor of the fearless leader of the OBS Donut Ride for the last 30 years.  For those who didn’t get their first ride in on the donut ride, this short ride takes place every Saturday and is a great introduction to cycling for new riders and a great excuse for donuts for more experienced riders.   In preparation for Fred Kamp Day, KFOR put together this great tribute to this fearless ride leader:


17th Norman Conquest this Weekend

The 17th Norman Conquest ride will take place this Saturday staring at 7:30 AM from the J.D. McCarty Center at 2002 E Robinson St in Norman, OK. There are 10, 22, 46 and 64 mile routes (with lots of hills) and registration runs from $15-$35.  Money raised will go to support Camp ClapHans summer camp scholarship endowment fund which helps children with developmental disabilities to attend this great summer camp.  Full details can be found at: http://normanconquest.bicycleleague.com/


Tulsa Duathlon Honors Fallen Cyclists

Fleet Feet Sports in Tulsa is organizing a duathlon this Sunday to honor cyclists Christa Voss and Matthew Edmonds:

A duathlon organized by Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa will take place Sunday to remember Christa Voss and Matthew Edmonds, cyclists killed by a drunken driver while riding their bikes on Oklahoma 51 near 161st West Avenue on June 9, 2009.

The race benefits the Edmonds & Voss Memorial Fund, which has supported the families of Voss and Edmonds as well as benefiting drunken driving prevention and the Tulsa Zoo fund, among other causes, according to event coordinator Kate Critchfield. The race includes a 5K run, a 30K bike ride, and another 5K run.

via Duathlon Sunday will promote cycling safety | Tulsa World.

The ride starts at 7:00 AM on Sunday July 15th from Riverparks Festival West (23rd and Jackson Ave).

There is no race day registration, but you can register online at https://www.signmeup.com/84447 and in person at Fleet Feet Tulsa Blue Dome.  Full details available at: http://www.fleetfeettulsa.com/event/christa-voss-du-july-15/


Tour and Race to Benefit St. Gregory's Benedictine Hall

Benedictine Hall

Back in November, St. Gregory’s University’s Benedictine Hall, built in 1915, was severely damaged from an earthquake. Now the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the Shawnee Pedalers Cycling Club and Team PG-13 Cycling Club are organizing a bicycle race and tour on May 28th to raise money for its repair:

Bicycling enthusiasts can travel back in time by participating in the St. Gregory’s University Memorial Day Road Race and Bicycle Tour on May 28. Event courses follow scenic roads from SGU to historic Sacred Heart Mission in Konawa. Proceeds from the race and tour go toward restoring SGU’s Benedictine Hall, which was severely damaged as a result of an earthquake in November. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the presenting sponsor for the event.

via Bicycling Event to Benefit SGU’s Benedictine Hall – Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

The race will take be a 49 mile course with a hill-top finish with an optional 35 mile cool down ride back to St. Gregory’s.  The bicycle tour consists of 25 and 71 mile routes.  Lunch will be provided for riders in the race and 71 mile tour.  Registration is from $30 – $45 per rider.  Full details on the event can be found at http://www.stgregorys.edu/sguroadrace.