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Organizers of the 23rd annual Peach Pedal Bike Ride say 2,270 riders braved the heat at the event on Saturday. The ride saw a 20 percent jump in participation compared to last year.
Participants from across Texas as well as Louisiana, Oklahoma, and even one rider from Wisconsin made the trek to Weatherford for the ride, which included routes of 100 kilometers, 39-miles, 26-miles and 9-miles. The event is a joint effort between the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and the Weatherford College Foundation.
“We can’t thank our volunteers, sponsors and riders enough,” said Brent Baker, WC administrator and Peach Pedal director. “Yet again, our post-race surveys were overwhelmingly positive, and the friendly people always top the list of things the riders like.”
Baker said more and more riders are using online registration for the event; more than 1,500 compared to about 900 people in 2010.
Organizers are already making notes to improve on next year’s ride, which be held July 14, 2012, in conjunction with the Parker County Peach Festival.
Sponsors included Jerry’s Auto Group, Power Service Diesel Additives, Albertson’s, Wood Orthodontics, and Rosa’s Café.
Groups volunteering at the ride included Weatherford College employees, Weatherford College Phi Theta Kappa, Rotary Club of Weatherford, Wood Orthodontics, Parker County American Red Cross, several Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs, Weatherford Police, Parker County Sheriff’s Reserves, Weatherford Fire Department, Amateur Radio Club of Parker County, Brock Baptist Church, Newberry Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the “Designing Women” of the Millsap Rest Stop, Weatherford Evening Lions Club, Phoenix Masonic Lodge, and others.
“It’s amazing to me that all of these volunteers will give up a Saturday in the blazing heat to make this event work,” Baker said. “Hats off to Parker County…you made us proud.”