Riders of all ages and skill levels mounted their bicycles last Saturday and pedaled the back roads during the ninth annual Quicksilver Paluxy Pedal bike race.
The event attracted more than 700 riders and proceeds went to a good cause — the LDL Educational Resources Foundation, which supports education, health and environmental projects in Somervell and adjacent counties.
LDL will use some of the proceeds to fund free drive-through flu shots for the community, among other projects. The free flu shots are available this Saturday at the Glen Rose Medical Center parking lot.
The exact amount that was raised at the Paluxy Pedal isn't known yet.
“We hope to be able to give LDL a healthy check again this year,” said Ymke Condy, one of the bike race’s co-founders and volunteers.
Cyclists could sign up for ride distances of 29, 45, 60 and 80 miles. All of the rides beyond 29 miles take cyclists to the top of “The Wall,” a stretch with a hill grade of almost 19 percent.
This year’s event drew some new sponsors such as CareFlite, Lake Granbury Medical Center, Jerry Durant and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Other sponsors were Century21 Quad J Realty, First Financial Bank, Rhino Ridge Outfitters, Glen Rose Medical Center, American State Bank, Luminant, First Community Bank, Glen Rose Lions Club, Red Star Worldwear, Town and Country Bank and Clif Bar and Co.
Condy said when the race began nine years ago, it started with 120 riders. Next year the race hopes to attract even more riders and sponsors to help celebrate its 10th anniversary.