Peach Pedal, now in its 25th year, set to ride July 13

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The Peach Pedal Bike Ride is in its 25th year, and organizers expect more than 2,000 riders from across Texas and beyond for this year's event on July 13.

The ride, hosted by the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and the Weatherford College Foundation, again features routes of 100 kilometers, 39 miles, 26 miles and 9 miles. All routes start and finish at Weatherford High School and feature the beautiful countryside of western Parker County.

“We’ve had riders from across the United States come in for this event,” said ride director Brent Baker. “They tell us they come for the beautiful scenery, the Peach Festival and the friendly volunteers. This is great advertising for Parker County!”

Each rider will receive a free pass to the Parker County Peach Festival, a Peach Pedal T-shirt and a great goody bag of items commemorating the event.

After the ride, participants will enjoy bluegrass music, free food from Rosa's Cafe, and other goodies in the WHS "Outback."

In addition to Durant Toyota, other sponsors include Power Service Diesel Additives and SporTherapy.

“Our volunteers are incredible,” Baker said. “Groups from Wood Orthodontics, Weatherford College, the Phoenix Masonic Lodge, Paschall Insurance Group, the American Red Cross, Evening Lions Club, Rotary Club, Brock Baptist Church, The Worthington Group, Cub Scout Pack 76 and Boy Scouts Troop 76, the Amateur Radio Club of Parker County, the City of Weatherford, the Parker County Sheriff’s Reserves and others give their time in the hot sun to make this a great event.”

Online registration is available until Thurs., July 11, at 11:59 p.m. at Registration fee through July 12 is $30. Ride-day fee is $35.

Information on group rates, tandem rides, lodging and routes is also available on the website

Mail registration forms to Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 310, Weatherford, Texas, 76086. Make checks payable to "Peach Pedal."

The ride benefits two causes: scholarships and other assistance for students through the Weatherford College Foundation and the “promotion of our wonderful community through the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.”

Last year, 2,207 riders participated in the ride. The event drew participants from across Texas, as well as from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Organizers said the friendly rest stops and the beautiful countryside were again the draw to the event.

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