Peach Pedal promises to be fun this weekend

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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 Saturday.

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,” Brent Baker, ride director said. “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 Café, 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.”

The Course

Routes of 70-miles, 47-miles, 34-miles and 11-miles.

Bring your camera--there are some beautiful views! We're not going to lie to you--this course has some tough hills. But the hills are interspersed with flat stretches in beautiful western Parker County. Our 70-mile, 47-mile and 34-mile routes include periodic rest stops with drinks, snacks and rest rooms, as well as the fun folks of Parker County.

Routes and rest stops close no later than 1:30 p.m.

The Start

In 2008, we moved our start/finish and registration area to a new location--Weatherford High School on Interstate 20 and Bethel Road. The participants loved this new location, so we'll be there again this year.

Registration will take place in "The Outback," a separate building located to the east of the main building. The 70-mile starts at 7:30 a.m., the 47-mile starts at 7:45, and the 39-mile and 11-mile start together at 8:00.

The Finish

After the ride, take a shower at the high school and enjoy some live bluegrass music in "The Outback." We'll have plenty of snacks and drinks to help you cool down after an awesome ride.

Rosa's Cafe will be serving free burritos, and we'll have homemade peach ice cream for sale!

Safety/Road Assistance

We have mechanical assistance planned at every rest stop, with sag vehicles patrolling between the stops. The course will be well-marked, especially looking out for the very few rough spots on our new and improved routes. Helmets are required for all riders, and area law enforcement will assist with traffic crossings. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult over the entire ride.

The Cause

The ride benefits two great 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. Parker County is proud to have you in our community, and we roll out the red carpet on Saturday.

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