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

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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 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

 


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/


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.

 


OKC Velo Racing Organizing Tribute Ride for Fallen Cyclist

In honor of Monty Maughan who passed away this week on the Lake Hefner route, OKC Velo Racing will be putting together an honor ride this Sunday at 1:00 PM starting from Stars and Stripes Park.  From the OKC Velo Racing Facebook page:

Spread the word that this Sunday at 1:00 p.m there will be a ride honoring Monty Maughan from Stars and Stripes Park. We will ride counter-clockwise on the Hefner trail to the dam where Monty passed. Stop briefly to reflect and then head out across the dam and west on Hefner. We will knock out about 30 miles or so, easy.  All riders from all teams, clubs, triathlon or anyone who just loves to ride are welcome.

via OKC Velo Racing.


Tour de Cure Kickoff Party and Bicycle Giveaway Tonight

Tonight at Gold’s Gym off Northwest Expressway (Map and Directions) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, the Oklahoma City office of the American Diabetes Association will be holding their Tour de Cure kickoff party in support of this great annual ride.  I was just notified today that Homeland will be giving away a new Trek 7.2 bicycle at this event.  This is a great chance to get involved in a great cause and a great ride!


Metro Cyclists Participate in Awareness Ride

I had really hoped to make it to last night’s Piedmont Cyclist Awareness Ride but the constraints of work just didn’t make it possible.  Thankfully, dozens of other cyclists showed up to raise awareness of cyclists on our roads and to pay tribute to Gary Caldwell and Eric Johnson who were injured on this same road last week.  The Piedmont-Surrey Gazette, which has followed the story closely, put together this video piece on the event:


Oklahoma Freewheel 2012 Route Announced

Tonight in Tulsa, this year’s Oklahoma Freewheel route was announced and what an exciting route it looks like it will be.  The route will start in the southwest quadrant of the state, and finish in the Northeast quadrant just across the border in Kansas.  The ride will take place on June 9th through the 16th.  Mileage pretty consistent but there are some long days, plus there are two bonus rides including a century ride and a ride to the top of Mount Scott.

The map below is only an approximate route.  You can see maps of the daily routes at the Freewheel website.


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Route Breakdown

Day 0: Frederick to Red River and back. 36 miles.

Day 1: Frederick to Elgin. 75 miles.  There is a 6 mile option to ride the 1,000 foot climb to the top of Mount Scott (elevation 2,464)

Day 2: Elgin to Anadarko. 61 miles.

Day 3: Anadarko to Watonga. 72 miles. There will be a century option for this day.

Day 4: Watonga to Guthrie. 71 miles.

Day 5: Guthrie to Drumright. 55 miles.  Speedwheel will happen in Drumright this year.

Day 6: Drumright to Ponca City. 79 miles.

Day 7: Ponca City to South Haven, KS. 36 miles.

There are a couple of important announcements.  First, accident insurance will be available for the first time. Secondly, and maybe more important, the shower truck will be setup on Saturday. :)

The full week cost will be $175 for adults, $100 for children (6-18).   Registration will be available within two weeks.

Full details available at the Freewheel website.


Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition and the Town of Jones Organize Annual Bicycle Ride

The relationship between cyclists and the town of Jones, Oklahoma has traditionally been, at best, a rocky one and at worst, an outright hostile one.  Quiet two lane roads and beautiful, hilly routes have attracted large number of cyclists to the area.  However the poor behavior of some cyclists have caused negative reactions from area law enforcement and businesses against the cycling community.  Thankfully, the situation continues to dramatically improve and thanks to the work of the Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition (OBC), Jones, Oklahoma will now host its own annual cycling event, The Hogback Attack Bike Ride:

OBC is partnering with the town of Jones, in eastern Oklahoma county to put on the First-Ever Hogback Attack Bike Ride in October, 2012. Jones Mayor, Ray Poland, offered to act as liaison between OBC and surrounding jurisdictions and the Jones Board of Trustees passed, by unanimous vote, a resolution to support the event in any way they could.

The ride will be held in conjunction with the Jones Old Timers Celebration held the first Saturday each October that does not conflict with the OU vs. Texas football game. This year that will be Saturday, October 13th since the game is scheduled for the 6th.The ride will offer three routes – A 24 mile fairly flat beginners route, 48 miles of challenging hills, and a very challenging 64 mile course. The 48 and 64 mile routes will take riders through Luther, Harrah, Choctaw, and Spencer before returning to the Start/Finish at the high school in Jones. The area has long been popular with cyclists for the low traffic, good roads, scenic views, and challenging hills.

The partnership between OBC and the town of Jones is seen as another step in the process of improving relationships between cyclists and the citizens of eastern Oklahoma county.

via Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition – Town of Jones Votes Unanimously to Support First-Ever OBC Hogback Attack Bike Ride.

This is really good news and demonstrates the improving situation in the area as both motorists and cyclists learn how to co-exist in some of the best riding country in central Oklahoma.   The full article about the ride gives some background on the Jones’ history with the cycling community and is well worth a read to see how cycling organizations can really make a difference for both cyclists and motorists alike.