After a one-year hiatus, bicycles will once again fill downtown Byers for Byers Bike Bash, and promoters of the event are planning for the event’s biggest turnout yet.
The event, in its fourth year, is set for May 12. The bike ride begins at 9 a.m.
Byers Bike Bash began in 2008 as a fundraiser for Byers ISD and the Byers Volunteer Fire Department.
With Byers ISD facing consolidation, BBB promoters have changed gears. This year’s event will benefit Katie’s Kids Camp, a non-profit youth retreat north of Byers. The fire department will continue to benefit from the event, and will serve its traditional hamburger meal to bicyclists after the ride.
“It’s a good event for the community and for Katie’s Kids Camp,” said event organizer Aaron Little. Little said the school approached Katie’s Kids Camp, about taking over the Byers Bike Bash, and camp organizers agreed.
Billed as a “recreational ride through the rolling hills of Northern Clay County”, Byers Bike Bash offers three routes, 25 miles, 46 miles and 100 kilometers (62.13 miles), all of which begin on Main Street in Byers.
All routes have rest stops every 10 miles, offering fruit, cookies, water and sports drinks. Nurses will be stationed at all stops and medical tents will be at two stops. Sag services and some mechanical support will be available.
Routes are located mostly on low-traffic farm-to-market roads with the exception of Hwy. 79 between Petrolia and Byers, which has moderate traffic, and pass through the communities of Byers, Petrolia, Dean and Charlie.
Registration is $25 per rider before May 5, and $30 afterward. Registration can be competed online at www.byersbikebash.org. Registration forms also are available in Wichita Falls at Texoma Cycling Center, Jerry’s Sporting Goods, Yogurt Journey, YMCA’s at Southwest Parkway and in Downtown Wichita Falls, Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Powerhouse Gym, the MSU Wellness Center, Big 5 Sporting Goods and Champs Sporting Goods.