The Texas Time Trials race was a success despite last weekend's wet weather.
The race had 160 cyclists from all over the world. According to Andrew Willis, president of Holland Racing, there were up to 400 visitors in the city for the race.
“It was a great weekend, one of our best events yet. We were impacted with bad weather but there were no injuries and after the trials, everyone pitched in to clean up,” said Willis.
Cyclists were in Glen Rose to qualify for the world’s toughest bicycle race the RAAM or Race Across America and there were riders who just wanted to ride for the status. This track is one of the favorites and is well known around the world.
Red Callaway started the event in 1987. The 24-hour race was called “Iron Butt” and was a 14.01-mile loop around Oklahoma City’s Lake Stanley Draper. In 1992, the 12-hour version was added.
In 1997, Lanie Smith brought the race to McGregor. Smith retired in 1998 and Dan Driscoll brought the race in 2003, to Cleburne. The name “Iron Butt” was not popular in this location so the name was changed to “The Texas Time Trials.”
The course in Cleburne had been repaved and a large portion of it was rough and course chip seal. Driskoll discovered a better course in Glen Rose and the race has been held here ever since.
This year’s first place winner of the 24-hour race was Jaime Larmer of Fort Worth.
Larmer has been racing for two years and she decided to incorporate a charity she helps with called Bike Works.
Bike Works is a DFW charity that provides foster children with brand new bikes. The last three years we have donated over 3,000 bikes.
“We also get specific requests from area foster homes and we fulfill those wishes and get them in time for Christmas,” said Larmer.
Larmer raced 318 miles and raced $2,582.
“I loved the race and the area is so scenic and the weather made it difficult but it was amazing to win,” said Larmer.