The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 17, 2013

Tour de Trykes: ‘Beautiful weather’ greets cyclists

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — As riders continually crossed the finish line at Grand and Cherokee Saturday morning, other riders resting from their tours applauded and cheered them on.

This year’s eighth annual Tour de Trykes was the most successful Enid Noon AMBUCS Tour de Trykes ever, Tour de Trykes chairwoman Donna Wall said. A record 345 riders participated in this year’s tour, 12 more than last year’s record-setting number of 333.

For this year’s tour, with routes consisting of distances of 14, 26 and 42 miles, as well as a two-mile family ride and a 100-kilometer race, 265 riders preregistered for the event.

“It’s been beautiful weather,” Wall said. “Sunshine and no rain this year.”

She said riders were eager to get going Saturday morning, and the parents and children also were raring to go for the family fun ride.

“There were a lot of children on bikes this year,” Wall said. “I think the interest in the family fun ride was pretty good this year.”

Tour De Trykes was started by Enid Noon AMBUCS, and proceeds will go to various AMBUCS projects in Enid. Those projects include purchase of AmTrykes, physical therapist scholarships, building handicapped ramps, supporting the Miracle League and improvements at ABC Park.

Wall said this year’s event received a lot of positive feedback from riders.

“The routes were wonderful this year,” she said. Wall said Dolese Brothers Inc., the city of Enid and volunteers all worked hard to ensure the roads were clear. “Everything has been great.”

Andy Morris, who began riding 21⁄2 months ago, said he enjoyed the 26-mile tour he rode Saturday.

“It was a good ride for a good cause,” Morris said.

Morris, an Enid Police Department officer, said he began riding to get into better shape.

“That was the first time I’d done 26 miles all together,” he said. “I mostly ride the trails. It’s kind of nice to get off those.”

Morris said he’d like to ride in next year’s Tour de Trykes.

Wall said the Noon AMBUCS were hoping to raise $30,000 from this year’s event.

“We’ll be using that for all of our projects,” she said. “AmTrykes is one of our major projects we do.”

She said the club greatly appreciated the support it received fromm local law enforcement during the event this year and in years past.

Wall added, “We’ll be here again next year.”