Bike riders from across the Metroplex will come to Waxahachie to participate in the 23rd Cow Creek Country Classic Bike Ride sponsored by the Rotary Club.

The ride takes place June 27 with on-site registration starting at 6 a.m. The ride starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy on High School Drive.

“All together over the last 22 rides, we have been able to raise about $300,000 and these funds have been put directly back into the community. The beauty of those funds that are raised is that about 90 percent of them come from outside of the community,” organizer Don Wilson said.

“Last year, we had about 1,500 riders come out, but that number is really determined by the type of weather we will have on that day,” he said.

Wilson said the ride started out with the need to build a new Boy Scout cabin in Chapman Park and has grown from there. Other projects funded by this event include $25,000 to the construction of the combined Boys and Girls Club and Salvation Army in Waxahachie, $15,000 in various Waxahachie YMCA expansion projects, a $10,000 contribution to the expansion of Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie and $12,000 contribution to the construction of the new senior center among others.

 The ride offers six different courses, including 10, 19, 36, 46, 75 and 100 miles in length. The start of the ride will be staggered with people traveling the shortest distances going first at 7:30 a.m. A mass start will happen at 8 a.m. The only requirement organizers insist on is that participants wear an approved safety helmet.

“The routes will be double marked with stake signs in the medium pointing the way followed by arrows that will be painted on the ground. One thing to remember even though a lot of riders use this event to condition themselves for other races you have to remember this is a touring event and not a race,” he said.

“Police will be stationed along the course in the areas that have the highest amount of traffic to ensure safety,” he said. “Also paramedics will be available at the start/finish line if any emergency should happen.”

Rest stops are available every 10 to 12 miles on the shorter rides and a little further apart on the longer ones.

At each rest stop, items such as water, fruits, electrolytes, honey and other snacks and liquids will be provided.

“For the 10-mile route, we will utilize part of the city’s hike and bike trail. The 100-mile route will go into portions of Navarro, Johnson and Hill counties,” he said.

Along the ride, volunteers will be traveling in vehicles along the different routes to provide water, assistance and transport for riders who are unable to finish. Also local vehicles will be on hand to provide mechanical help to broken bikes. Participants are reminded they need to be prepared to handle minor problems such as flat.

Registration for the event can be done online at www.cowcreekcountryclassic.com or in person the day of the ride until 8 a.m. Early registration can be done before June 15 and is $20. There is a family discount for four or more, parents and children younger than the age of 17 residing at the residence, of $15.

Space will be available for RVs near the high school and tent camping will be available on the grassy area. Portable water and toilets will also be available.

A corporate discount of eight or more riders from the same organization is $15 per rider. After June 15, no discounts will be accepted and it will be $25 per rider.

“At times I know people will be frustrated about the rider traffic on Saturday morning and it is only a few minutes at any given time and place along the routes. Those riders are bringing in really important dollars into the community from outside the county,” Wilson said. “But those dollars have been reinvested in the community to make it a better place.”

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