The Quicksilver Paluxy Pedal Back Roads Bicycle Ride is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 2, and once again proceeds from this year's ride will benefit the non-profit LDL Educational Resources Foundation.
The ride, which began in 2003, is a “way to bring the community together,” said Adam Eyres, who arranged the ride. He spoke on behalf of the Pedal at last week's Glen Rose Lions Club lunch meeting. The club sponsors a rest stop for the ride.
Quicksilver Resources is the event's platinum-level sponsor. Other sponsors include Town & Country Bank, First Financial Bank and Bicycles Inc..
In its first year the Pedal attracted 100 riders and donated $1,500 to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, where Eyres works as its hoofstock coordinator. Then the Pedal began donating to LDL, which provides health and educational projects for youth and adults in Somervell and adjacent counties.
Over the years the ride raised more and more money for LDL, for a total of $58,000.
“My goal is to get that up to $100,000 in the next few years,” Eyres said.
About 700 to 800 riders are expected this year, Eyres said. The ride begins at Glen Rose High School and traverses a range of distances — 29, 45, 60 or 80 miles. Rest stops will be available every 10 miles.
Advance registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Registration fees on the day of the ride are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 12. Each rider will receive a T-shirt and water.
The deadline for online registration at www.active.com is Sept. 30. Register in person at Stumpblaster Bicycles, 502 N.E. Barnard St., in Glen Rose or at The Bike Rack, 1352 E. Highway 377, in Granbury.
Registration the day of the ride is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Packets may be picked up from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 at Stumpblasters, The Bike Rack or at the event on ride day.
For more information, call Stumpblaster at 898-1010 or e-mail John Heinfeld at email@example.com.