Weekend Ride Round-Up – 10/05 – 10/07

Get ready to ride this weekend, as we bring you nine amazing cycling events worthy of your attention!

Saturday, October 6th:

Gear Up to End Hunger – Fort Worth, TX

Gear Up to End Hunger is more than just a bike ride. It’s a movement to make a difference in the lives of hungry North Texans. Whether you cycle every day or just once in a while, you can help us leave hunger in the dust.

Miracle Tour – Haughton, LA

October 6, 2018 is the 2018 Miracle Tour benefiting Children’s Miracle Network programs.  This ride is organized by the Christus Foundation to help Children’s Miracle Network Programs through out the ARKLATEX region.

Tour de Taco – Clovis, NM

Tour de Taco benefits Boy Scout Troup 226 in Clovis, NM. Route distances: 20, 40 and 60 miles.

The CareFlite Paluxy Pedal – Glen Rose, TX

The CareFlite Paluxy Pedal is fast becoming one of the top rides in Texas. The ride starts and ends at the northern tip of the Hill Country in beautiful Glen Rose, Texas. The meandering paved route takes you through scenic views, gentle hills and challenging climbs.

Magical Museum Tour – Schulenburg, TX

The “Magical Museum Tour” is a fundraiser and social ride for the Houston Bicycle Museum starting and finishing in Schulenburg, Texas. It features rides of different lengths on low traffic country roads and will also provide you with a chance to visit the famous “painted churches” of Fayette County.

Heart of Texas Bike Ride – Lockhart, TX

Sponsored by the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, the Heart of Texas Bike Ride is an incredible cycling experience beginning and ending in Historic Downtown Lockhart, the BBQ Capital of Texas. The ride will feature several route options to accommodate all skill levels.

Polk County Spirit Ride – Livingston, TX

This our 6 year to hold our ride supporting Polk County Crime Stoppers… Spirit Ride. Although Livingston is only 75 miles north of Houston, the terrain, air quality, and general tranquility of the area will make you feel like you are in a whole new world. Surrounded by lakes and forests and streams, Polk County prides itself as being a quiet, small-town environment where folks just enjoy the simpler pleasures of life.

Dam to Dam Bike Ride – Jasper, TX

You don’t want to miss the event of the season! Saturday, October 6, 2018 , the Jasper Chamber of Commerce will host the Dam2Dam Saddle and Paddle Ride and Family Fun Day. Kayakers and cyclists will pedal/paddle their hardest to get to Martin Dies State Park on Dam B. Participants, Register NOW for this exciting event…the first of its kind in the area!

Saturday, October 6th – Sunday, October 7th:

Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River – San Antonio, TX

The Bike MS: Ride to the River, presented by Valero is a fundraising cycling event. This South Texas ride offers cyclists a variety of one-day and two-day ride distances including a 161-mile option. The journey from San Antonio to New Braunfels includes celebrations at the overnight and finish line as well as fun-interactive themed rest stops along the route.


We at the WheelBrothers hope you have an amazing weekend, and if you know of any rides we are missing, feel free to tell us!

Weekend Ride Round-Up – 09/28 – 09/30

Get ready to ride this weekend, as we bring you seven amazing cycling events worthy of your attention!

Thursday, September 27th – Saturday, September 29th:

Oktoberfest Bike Race – Fort Worth, TX

Oktoberfest Fort Worth is a three-day German festival so authentic you’ll forget you’re in Texas. Enjoy authentic German food, biergartens, music, dancing, dachshund races, clothing and souvenirs as well as Spaten and other Fall & Oktoberfest craft beers from around the country.


Saturday, September 29th:

Tour de Pecan – Seguin, TX

The Tour De Pecan is more than just a ride it’s a way to support two fantastic non-profits in the local area, the Seguin Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association and the Trinity Oaks Guadalupe River Camp.

Hallsville Half: Ride or Run – Hallsville, TX

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines has been serving Hallsville kids for the last 10 years. Route distance: 13.1 miles.

Wheelmen 100 – Adkins, TX

The San Antonio Wheelmen Bicycle Club is joining Earn-A-Bike to put on a fundraising ride to benefit Earn-A-Bike, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing obesity-related diseases and inspiring healthy life habits.

Autumn in Bonham Bike Rally – Bonham, TX

New to the 2018 Autumn in Bonham are two gravel routes. All routes begin at the newly renovated Bonham High School. Also note that Autumn in Bonham features one of the few 100 miles rides in the state.

Wheels on Fire 100 – Tucumcari, NM

The course will take riders on a journey down Historic Route 66 from Tucumcari to San Jon. Route distances: 25, 50, 100 miles and 100K.

The Big Dam Bridge 100 – North Little Rock, AR

Welcome to Arkansas’ Largest Cycling Tour! The BDB 100 attracted nearly 3,000 cyclists from around the nation and multiple countries around the world in 2016. The Big Dam Bridge 100 is an annual Little Rock, Arkansas event that celebrates the “Big Dam Bridge” over the Arkansas River.


We at the WheelBrothers hope you have an amazing weekend, and if you know of any rides we are missing, feel free to tell us!

Weekend Ride Round-Up – 09/21 – 09/23

Do you have plans for this weekend? If not, why don’t you check out these awesome rides, maybe you’ll find something to your liking! Check out these seven amazing events:

Thursday, September 20th – Saturday, September 22nd:

Texas Time Trials – Glen Rose, TX

The Texas Time Trials would like to extend a warm, Texas-sized invitation to all of y’all. Whether you are an Ultra Racer, Randonneur or a rider wanting to test your abilities against the clock, we have an event for you.


Saturday, September 22nd:

Texas Tumbleweed 100 – Dumas, TX

Experience beautiful, varying High Plains terrain and unbeatable hospitality! This ride is located in DUMAS, TEXAS which is located approximately fifty miles north of Amarillo.

Wheel A’ Mena Ride – Mena, AR

The Wheel A’ Mena Bicycle Tour will be staged out of Mena, Arkansas which is located at the foot hills of Rich Mountain. Tour Distances will be offered of either a 30 mile, 50 mile, and 70 mile route.

Texas Mamma Jamma Ride – Martindale, TX

The Mamma Jamma Ride is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping those facing breast cancer and their families. Route Distances: 15, 25, 40 and 65 miles.

Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo – Frisco, TX

The Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo benefiting Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, is a premier, multi-course cycling event designed for the professional to the weekend rider. It includes a timed race for the 100-mile course with a $10,000, winner take all cash purse, a 100K, 45-mile, 22-mile and family ride sponsored by Cigna.

Houston Tour de Cure – Prairie View, TX

The Tour de Cure is an event where no matter what road you take, you will be joining thousands of people from around the country who have the same passion as you to fight diabetes and its burdens.

Heart of Texas 100 – Nolanville, TX

Heart of Texas 100 is sponsored by the City of Nolanville in correlation with the Train Whistle Jamboree. Come out for a changeling ride and have some fun!


That’s it for this week! Have fun riding this weekend and if we’re missing some rides in our calendar feel free to tell us!

The Five Must-Do Rides of Autumn

Photo by D. Hickey
Photo by D. Hickey

#1. The Big Dam Bridge 100 (BDB100)- “Arkansas’ Largest Cycling Tour,” September 29, 2018

“The BDB 100 attracted nearly 3,000 cyclists from around the nation and from multiple countries around the world in 2016. The Big Dam Bridge 100 is an annual event in Little Rock, Arkansas that celebrates the ‘Big Dam Bridge’ over the Arkansas River. The 4,226-foot bridge is the longest bridge built for pedestrian and bicycle traffic in North America, and connects over 15 miles of scenic riverside trails between Little Rock and North Little Rock. It also serves as the backbone for connecting over 70,000 acres of various city, county, state and federal parks.

Photo by A. Gamble
Photo by A. Gamble

“The Big Dam Bridge 100 offers several routes ranging between 10 and 100 miles, with some beautiful mountain and river scenery, as well as a few challenging hills on the longer routes. The event provides participants with maps, well-stocked aid stations, great volunteer support, and an event t-shirt, a finisher product and food and drinks. The event finish line ends in the Argenta District of downtown North Little Rock with a BDB100 block party and live music.” www.thebigdambridgw100.com

Photo by D. Hickey
Photo by D. Hickey

#2. The Careflite Paluxy Pedal, “Dinosaur Capital of Texas,” October 16, 2018

“The CareFlite Paluxy Pedal is fast becoming one of the top rides in Texas. The ride starts and ends at the northern tip of the Hill Country in beautiful Glen Rose, Texas. The meandering paved route takes you through scenic views, gentle hills and challenging climbs.

The view from the top of “The Wall”. Photo by L. Tilley
The view from the top of “The Wall”. Photo by L. Tilley

“Whether you are a novice or an advanced rider, you’ll have fun with the other riders and volunteers who all help to make this ride an unforgettable annual event, and one that you don’t want to miss.

“Ride distance: 29 miles, 38 miles, 53 miles and 60 miles.

Bling from years past. Photo by L. Tilley
Bling from years past. Photo by L. Tilley

“The 53 and 60-mile rides take you to the top of the wall—a 3/10-of-a-mile stretch with a hill grade of almost 19% at its steepest. The view of miles of beautiful vistas is worth the effort.” www.paluxypedal.com


#3. The Mineral Wells Crazy Kicker 100 Bike Ride, October 20, 2018

Photo by L. Tilley
Photo by L. Tilley


Let this ride be the highlight of the fall. It would be difficult to find a more beautiful ride:

Challenging hills…

Cherry Pie Hill – A highlight with its amazing view and challenging 6,000 feet of 5-8% slope.

Also featured are the Three Amigos hills.

You could see Possum Kingdom Lake, Palo Pinto Lake, or the Brazos River – or all three!

Photo by L. Tilley
Photo by L. Tilley

Event t-shirts to the first 300 riders.

Great on-course signage.

See the country-side where the cattle drive started out on the Goodnight Loving Trail.

$5 of every registration goes to the United Way of Palo Pinto County to help support local and area non-profit agencies serving infants to seniors. www.crazykicker100.com


#4. Tour de Gruene, November 3, 2018

Photo by L. Tilley
Photo by L. Tilley

“The history, charm, and ambiance of River Road, between Austin and San Antonio, provides the perfect setting for our bicycle classic events. The tours and races meander along the tree lined banks of the Guadalupe River and the enchanting limestone cliffs of the Balcones Fault.

2014 Registration Form, Photo by L. Tilley
2014 Registration Form, Photo by L. Tilley

“Step back in time as you bask in the warm Texas sunshine all while riding through the heart of Texas—then enjoy the delicious post-ride Lunch and fellowship at the Lazy L & L. Cap off your evening with dining and dancing to Bavarian entertainment at Wurstfest!” www.tourdegruene.com

Photo by L. Tilley
Photo by L. Tilley

#5. The Denton Turkey Roll, November 17, 2018

Event Photo.
Event Photo.

Denton Breakfast Kiwanis (DBK) Club invites you to our 36th Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally! We have five (5) routes, including one 8-mile route, especially for families with kids and challenged riders. There will be plenty of sag wagons and rest stops, including the Rudy’s Bar-B-Q for the 68 milers. We’re following the same routes as last year, each just as well marked and as welcoming as ever.” https://www.active.com/denton-tx/running/distance-running-races/turkey-roll-bicycle-rally-36th-annual-2018

Lisa Tilley is a contributing writer for WheelBrothers, is a member of Fort Worth based MBBC, and is in sales at Bicycles Inc.

Weekend Ride Round-Up – 09/14 – 09/16

Do you have plans for this weekend? If not, why don’t you check out these awesome rides, maybe you’ll find something to your liking! Check out these six amazing events:

Saturday, September 15th:

Cotton Patch Challenge – Greenville, TX

The 22nd annual Southwest Buick GMC Cotton Patch Challenge (CPC) will be held in Greenville, Texas on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Rotary Club of Greenville and Carevide will host the CPC, which benefits area youth programs.

Conquer the Coast Ride – Corpus Christi, TX

Conquer the Coast, South Texas’ premiere cycling event, returns for its 15th year on Saturday, September 15, with registration opening February 1.  The event, presented by H-E-B, returns after an emotional year in 2017 which saw many Conquer the Coast communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Hale on Wheels – Plainview, TX

Hale on Wheels is a fully supported recreational bike ride for road bikes held in Plainview, HALE County, Texas, during the annual “Cowboy Days” celebration.

Sharon’s Run.Ride.Walk – Fort Worth, TX

We are excited to announce our 2nd annual Sharon’s Ride.Run.Walk on Saturday, September 15th! Route distance: 13.6 miles.


Saturday, September 15th – Sunday, September 16th:

Fort Davis Cyclefest Tour – Fort Davis, TX

Come and ride the highest roads in Texas through the beautiful Davis Mountains. CYCLEFEST will be headquartered at the beautiful Prude Ranch, 5 miles west of Fort Davis Texas on Highway 118.  Close to Fort Davis National Historical Park, McDonald Observatory, Davis Mountain State Park and Indian Lodge, the Marfa Lights and the scenic towns of Ft Davis, Marfa and Alpine.

That’s it for this week! Have fun riding this weekend and if we’re missing some rides in our calendar feel free to tell us!

Weekend Ride Round-Up – 09/07 – 09/09

Do you have plans for this weekend? If not, why don’t you check out these awesome rides, maybe you’ll find something to your liking! Check out these two amazing events:

Saturday, September 8th:

CF Cycle for Life – Dallas, TX

Get your wheels in motion and join us for our 7th annual bicycle event as we ride through some of the most picturesque and scenic terrain in Dallas. CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with route options of 32 and 60 miles.


Sunday, September 9th:

Enchanted Circle Century Tour – Red River, NM

Cyclists take on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway for one of the most challenging tours in the southwest. The tour is a 100-mile ride around the Enchanted Circle that includes a short trip through Angel Fire to Black Lake and back.


That’s it for this week! Have fun riding this weekend and if we’re missing some rides in our calendar feel free to tell us!

Weekend Ride Round-Up – 08/31 – 09/03

Get ready to ride this weekend, as we bring you two amazing cycling events worthy of your attention!

Friday, August 31st – Monday, September 3rd:

Camp Eagle Classic Mountain Bike Festival – Rocksprings, TX

Welcome to the largest Mountain Bike Festival in Texas: the Camp Eagle Classic Mountain Bike Festival presented by Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Hill Country Bicycle Works. With over 1200 people in attendance, this event keeps getting better.


Monday, September 3rd:

Blackland Triathlon – Plano, TX

Blackland Triathlon is back for 2018! Join us for this Labor Day tradition! Blackland Tri and Little Buggy Tri set for September 3, 2018 at the Oak Point Center in Plano, Texas.


We at the WheelBrothers hope you have an amazing weekend, and if you know of any rides we are missing, feel free to tell us!

Weekend Ride Round-Up – 08/24 – 08/26

This weekend we bring you only one single ride, but it’s THE ride you should definitely check off your bucket list!

Thursday, August 23rd – Sunday, August 26th:

Hotter’N Hell Hundred – Wichita Falls, TX

Hotter’N Hell Hundred is one of the oldest and largest cycling events in the nation. Over 13,000 riders from across the globe come to Wichita Falls, TX for 4 days of challenging and inspiring activities. Route distances: 10K, 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles and 100K.

Have fun on HHH and let us know if you had a great time after the ride!

Beat the Heat

By – Geoff Godsey, Former UCI Continental Professional & 3-Time TX State Criterium Champion

Lead Volunteer, Emmitt Smith Gran fondo



According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 318 Americans die every year of heat related illnesses. Most, if not all, of these deaths could be avoided if people better understood the dangers associated with dehydration and other heat related illnesses. As we quickly approach the 3rd Annual Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo on September 22 and riders continue to train in temperatures frequently exceeding 100 degrees, staying properly hydrated is critical.


So, if you’re asking yourself… “Am I at risk?” the answer is we all are.  Anyone who is doing any sort of physical activity for any length of time puts themselves at potential risk of suffering from a heat related illness if they don’t keep themselves hydrated.  This ultimately can impact you whether your activity is inside or outside.

Anybody regularly active (inside or outside) and/or someone who naturally spends a lot of time outside (Examples: Lifeguards, construction workers, landscapers, etc.) are more susceptible to routinely being dehydrated.

Others include:

  • Older population specifically 60 and above
  • People with a health condition that requires them to take medication regularly
  • People severely overweight (20–30lbs over healthy weight)
  • Athletes training outside in the heat
  • People with “low cardiac reserve” meaning those whose hearts are unable to quickly adjust to the changes caused by conditions like in extreme heat


Note: People with low cardiac reserve are typically individuals who have suffered from previous heart condition or trauma and kids (typically younger than four) usually have low cardiac reserve. They can become dehydrated very easily, even just by sitting in a house that is too hot or walking outside in hot weather.  


At some point most people have heard that 50% of our body is actually water and assume that all that means is they need to drink a bunch of water.  I think it is important people understand how our bodies work to keep cool and I have included a few tips that can help your body with that process. Drinking water is just one element.  We are all familiar with sweating. If you are riding inside or outside, you are going to sweat. Some people sweat more than others but we all do it.  Approximately 60% of the body is water, but the more important fact to note is that only about 10% of this water is in the bloodstream.

When we sweat, the majority of that water comes from the bloodstream. In fact, when you are out riding a bicycle in hot and humid conditions, you can sweat up to three liters of water, which is almost all of the water in the bloodstream.  To replace the water lost from the bloodstream your body begins to pull the water from tissues (muscles, organs, etc.) and uses the fluids you drink.  Normally the body will cool itself by increasing blood flow to the skin. In hot weather, blood flow to the skin may increase by as much as three times. So what does that mean? It means the heart is pumping at a higher rate to help cool the body down.  As I mentioned above, this obviously becomes dangerous for individuals with heart related illnesses or conditions because their heart may not be strong enough and the blood vessels in the skin may not be able to grow enough for heat to be released through the skin. To translate, body temperature gets higher quicker, and if you do not get help cooling down you are at a greater risk to suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.


So the obvious question becomes how much water should we be drinking and what else can you do when you’re riding?  This is a tough question because there is really not an “absolute correct” answer.  It varies depending on the individual, how much you’re riding and how long. The key is to pay attention to your activity level and make an effort to drink water as well as take some steps to help your body keep cool.


Keeping Cool Tips –


  1. Ice / Ice in a bag: One of the best ways to stay cool is using ice.  Get a small cooler that can easily be packed in the car (about the size of a lunch box) and keep ice available.  Use a sandwich bag or pantyhose so that it can be put on the back of your neck before and after your ride.


  1. Iced wet towel or rag: Keep a wet sport towel or rag in the cooler.  Ensure it is wet so it cools down the rag and use it to wipe the back of the neck, forehead and under each arm.  This will help decrease the body’s temperature.


  1. Sunscreen: Wear sunscreen. This helps to protect the skin, keeps it cool and can contribute to keeping your body temperature from getting too high.


  1. Cool Water: There are all kinds of products now available that help keep water cool.  The key is “cool”.  You want to try to not only drink water regularly, but drink cool water.  Use insulated bottles for longer rides. Your body will absorb the cool water quicker and it will contribute to cooling the body’s overall temperature.

37th Annual Hotter’N Hell Hundred

Welcoming you and 13,000 other riders to Wichita Falls, TX


“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride,” said John F. Kennedy once upon a time. And that was without ever imagining or even conceiving the wild and unforgettable experience that is the Hotter’N Hell Hundred.

The name says it all: this is a ride you don’t mess with. You take it as it is and try to finish it beating all your records, the sum of your imagination and every one of your expectations. One of the oldest, largest and most memorable cycling events in the nation, Hotter’N Hell Hundred is where you try to make peace with the Texas heat and humidity and ride like crazy to overcome loops and hills and valleys only find miles more before the finish line.

This is where cyclists fall in love with the ride—or, for seasoned wheel brothers, fall in love all over again. The gratification after this wicked-fun ride cannot be understated.

Hotter’N Hell Hundred 2018 edition

This year’s edition is set to take place from August 23th through August 26th. Naturally, the devil’s in the details—the Texas weather. 2018 is the 37th year the event is taking place in Wichita Falls, and it was originally held to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary. The number 100 seems to bounce around here: 100 miles, 100 degrees, more than 10,000 riders. It all falls into place, making for an event that was clearly meant to be.

Hotter’N Hell Hundred is where amateur and professional riders meet and where rider and ride work together to beat those miles to the finish line. For professional riders, there’s the 100-mile road race which is known to squeeze every drop of energy out of even the most daring cyclist. But where energy is sapped away, adventures are experienced and memories are made. For someone who lives for pedaling and the freedom that a bike ride offers, this is better than Christmas.

For amateur bikers, there are the shorter routes, too. You can choose between 10K, 25, 50, 75 or go daring and sign up for the full 100 miles. Why not? You don’t have to be a professional to go for the quintessential 100, just be prepared for an experience.

Off-road experience for the Hotter’N Hell Hundred riders

For an additional boost of adventure, Hotter’N Hell Hundred 2018 also offers an off-road experience for those who believe that, when you ride hard off the road, “sometimes you fall, otherwise, you’re not riding hard”. Of course, Hotter’N Hell Hundred is already a notorious challenge, but off-roading provides you with even more to fight through. You’ll weave around trees, water, unfriendly animals, stones, climbs and dips. Caution is necessary. The Off-Road Trail will be opened for rides on both Friday and Sunday, starting at 10am each day. Adventure mode on! If you get lost on the way, the trail will be “checked for survivors” on Friday at 6pm and on Sunday at 1pm.

Timing is important, but it’s not everything

Once you enter the Hotter’N Hell Hundred, your goal should be to finish the race. Go that distance and crush your goal. But remember, it is an endurance race, not a time race. You need to take care of yourself, monitor your condition, hydrate all over the place and keep a pulse on your overall level of fun. When all are in check, you go for that time battle. All the registered riders are given timing chips and the timing results (divided in age groups) will be posted after the race. If this isn’t your first rodeo, suit up and remind yourself: if you don’t mind the frying surface on which you ride, if you’ve got it in your lungs to pedal harder, you’re ready to go for that time battle and prove to everyone you can master the Hotter’N Hell Hundred.

Medical team and 4,000 volunteers ready to help you

Once you enter the Hotter’N Hell Hundred, you’re not the same person when you finish: you come out a better, more adventurous and more courageous manifestation, with a knack for hot weather and with great stamina. Next time you hit the sauna, you’ll say, “this is nothin’.” And bragging rights don’t even cover the half of it.

The purpose of Hotter’N Hell Hundred is to give you the riding experience of your lifetime and, at the same time, keep you safe throughout the event. That’s why you’ll see MASH units at each rest stop, and there will be plenty of these stops along the way. Eevn bee stings, rashes, under-hydration, over-hydration and scratches will be treated on-the-spot by medical volunteers. You’ll be in good hands in Wichita!

Tips for the best Hotter’N Hell Hundred experience

Advice is something you read or listen to and choose pretty immediately to heed or ignore. But rest assured that these tips should not go unmissed. These are for both new and seasoned Hotter’N Hell riders, ‘cause we’re learning more every time we hit a new challenge. Take a look at how you can make your ride that much more courageous:

  1. Register as soon as you can

This is where the choice is made, the plan is set, and you can start preparing accordingly. You’re going to have an adventure, but only if you’re decisive and make the commitment early. You just wait for that sense of freedom when you’re pedaling down the road to Hell’s Gate.

  1. Make sure you train

Every one of those 100 degrees are prepared to take you down, so what do you do? You begin training early so that you can be up for the fight. But just riding your bike for hours every day is not everything. You need to build resistant to extreme temperatures and establish a hydration routine. Hydration is the most important part of your ride, no matter how newbie or seasoned you are. When you get that right, you’re one step closer to the finish line. Your body temperature can raise by as much as five degrees after only a few minutes of exercise in hot weather. Establish a hydration calendar that will help you learn how to drink water. Don’t laugh. It’s important! Every day you need to:

  • Drink 1 glass of water when you first get up in the morning
  • Have a bottle of water with you all day long
  • Remember to drink water before you get thirsty
  • Go exercise
  • Drink water to replenish lost fluids
  • Repeat

  1. Forget about going to the gym—hit the fields!

Getting your ride on in a controlled environment will only increase your stamina in a controlled environment, but Wichita Falls is anything but. Nothing compares to riding your bike in the afternoon, with the sun ruthlessly following you, with dust, bees, flies buzzing around your ears, some even managing to get into your eyes JUST to put you off. Imagine you’re riding your bike under the sun, with dust in your eyes and countless road bumps along the way. Can you do it? Riding in the sun is a task that will take weeks for you to adjust to. Make sure you prepare accordingly!

  1. Equipment is essential

Don’t forget your equipment logistics. Remember those little flies we were telling you about? You can prevent them sticking to your eyeballs by wearing a pair of riding glasses. That’s just an example—a full set of endurance gear could make all the difference for you. This is no joke of a race. Prepare like a professional even if you’re just a biking enthusiast and get the equipment you need to give you the best shot at having fun.

  1. Your bike is your lover for the next few days

Now’s the time to give your bike your full attention. In that smoldering, fiery atmosphere of the Wichita Falls Hotter’N’Hell, your bicycle is your only friend, so show it some love. Make sure it can take a 100-mile ride and that you won’t get a flat tire or broken handle bar on your way through Hell’s Gate.

  1. You need to calm down!

Emotions are high, especially if this is your first time in the ride. You need to take it a little easier in that last week before the big event. Don’t give up on your hydration routine, but try to relax a little. Your bike and equipment should be in order now, so just take a step back and look at the awesome training program you managed to pull through. Give yourself some extra time for added Zzs and make sure you rest your body and mind fully for the big day.

Take this time to double-check the essential equipment. Let’s see:

  • Sunscreen—check!
  • Insulated water bottle—check!
  • The map with all the rest stops—check!
  • Spare tubes and inflation device—check! (Remember, your bike is your lover.)
  • Cycling multi-tool—check! (This is for those moments when you need to adjust your saddle, etc.)
  • Cell phone is charged 100% before the ride—check!
  • Playlist is updated—check!

  1. When you’re one day away from the big event

Play some of your favorite music, eat well and rest even better. Think of that sense of complete freedom you’re going to have when you mount that bike and…well, send it all to Hell. In the Hotter’N Hell Hundred, there is no one there to say STOP. It’s only you, and you should know your limits and set your goals higher before starting off. After all…it’s a race with yourself, for yourself.

  1. When the big day has come…at the starting line

The race has started! Don’t stray too far away from other riders. Keep a steady pace and even chat a little with your companions. If you choose to see it this way, Hotter’N Hell Hundred is really a hot-weather Texas party with more than 13,000 invitations and everyone dancing the same dance, ready for whatever shared experience is around the bend.

Now, the final question…are you ready?