The Texas Time Trials Bike Race has decided to travel to Glen Rose for its seventh annual event held Sept. 24-26.
“We were in Cleburne for six years and decided to move to Glen Rose,” race coordinator Dan Driscoll said. “We’re happier here.”
Driscoll cited lodging and the cyclist loop in Glen Rose for the reasons behind the venue change.
“We’re real excited about the new venue,” he said. “It’s a real popular loop.”
The loop, which is the same one used for the Paluxy Pedal, is a challenging one.
“Cyclists love hills and vistas. (Glen Rose) has got them,” Driscoll said. “It attracts them like magnets.”
The race, which will bring 145 cyclists from 21 states and one from Copenhagen, Denmark, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday.
“Participating states range from as far north as Alaska and everywhere in between,” Driscoll said. “Texas is represented by more than 45 different cities and towns.”
The event will last three days and is comprised of four races, the 48-hour Tejas 500-RAAM Qualifier, the 12-hour Challenge, the Six-hour Shoot-Out and the Texas 26.5-mile sprint.
The Tejas 500-RAAM Qualifier is one of the Texas qualifying races for Race Across America, a 3,000 mile race across the United States, and will begin first on Thursday night. The race will consist of cyclists completing 19 laps on a 26.4-mile looped course and despite the 48-hour time allotment, many of the riders will not finish.
“Typically 30 percent of them don’t get the job done and go home empty handed,” Driscoll said. “They’ll abandon.”
The next race, the Texas 24-Hour Time Trial will begin on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by the 12-Hour Shoot-Out at 6 a.m. on Saturday, the Six-Hour Challenge at noon on Saturday and the Texas 26.5 Mile Sprint at 3 p.m.
An awards ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the park just west of Sonic.
Driscoll said he expects approximately 300 people at the awards ceremony.
All proceeds from the race will be donated to The Texas Bicycle Coalition.
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