Racers pedal 500 miles through hills

from The Cleburne Times Review (full article link)

By Monica Green/features@trcle.com

Athletes from 21 states are in Cleburne to compete in the fifth annual Texas Time Trials, a three-day bicycle competition in which participants take laps in the hills southwest of Cleburne. One hundred thirty participants are registered, and more are expected to register on the day of the race they want to compete in.

“There’s nothing like it going on in Texas currently,” event director Dan Driscoll said. “Years and years ago there was a race like this down in McGregor. I had competed in that race years ago, and I wanted to keep something like that alive in Texas.”

The event, begun in 2003, has been successful, drawing cyclists from all over the world.

Pineywoods Purgatory bicycle ride scheduled for Oct. 6

from The Lufkin Daily News (full article link)

The Lufkin Host Lions Club is inviting cyclists to participate in "the fall’s most unforgettable ride." Saturday, Oct. 6, will be the 16th Annual Garland Parise Pineywoods Purgatory. The event, which consists of four different rides to choose from, has been described as a "top tier ride" by some veterans of the sport.

The event started in 1992 when Garland "Bubba" Parise, an avid cyclist, dreamed up the route because he wanted Lufkin to have a ride that rivaled the larger events in Texas. One year later, Parise died suddenly at the age of 40. The Purgatory is a living memorial to Parise’s commitment to creat the ultimate cycling experience in the woods and hills of East Texas, said a press release by the Lions Club.

Tour de Fire Ant – Marshall, TX

If you can’t beat ’em, make fun of ’em. That’s the idea at the annual Fire Ant Festival in this Piney Woods town, where goofy events include a fire-ant-calling contest and ugly-face-making contest. There’s a parade, chili cook-off, dominoes tournament, Tour de Fire Ant Bike Race (100K, 10-mile, 30-mile and 45-mile bicycle tours), as well as a 5-K run and plenty of live music and food. More from www.marshall-chamber.com or 903-935-7868.


Tour de Donut – Katy, TX

The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle race where riders embark on an appetizing 28-mile journey beginning at the Katy Mills Mall (in Katy, Texas of course!) with rest stops along the way serving as many delectable donuts as you can eat.

For EACH tasty donut that a rider consumes, the rider is awarded a tempting 5-minute time credit.  Eat enough delicious donuts, and you can finish the race before you even started!  In addition to this mouth-watering challenge, riders can also ride the 55-mile course (also starting at the Katy Mills Sun & Ski Sports Store in Katy, Texas) which is an BP MS 150 recommended Ride.

And yes, there are donuts for this route as well!!!