Downtown Sulphur Springs, Texas, March 14th, 2015
If you’re looking for a challenging ride with plenty of scenery and good old-fashioned Texas hospitality, then the Spring Fever Rally is the one for you. With a choice in distances, this one is perfect for beginners and marathoners. Kicking off in pretty downtown Sulphur Springs before winding along country roads in hill country, the ride weaves through some of the best scenery that East Texas has to offer.
This is an event with lots of enthusiasm behind it, as it is new and old at the same time. Years ago, the Spring Fever Bike Rally was hosted each year by the Pilot Club, and run by a group of women who nurtured it into a much-loved event that drew 500-600 riders at a time. After many years of outstanding success, the ladies retired and the Rally was placed on a shelf.
Last year, after plenty of requests to revive the event, the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce sat down with the former hostesses from the Pilot Club to learn the secrets to their amazing success for so many years, and the Spring Fever Bike Rally was born again!
Spring Fever 2014 drew just over a hundred riders, and was beautifully handled by more than a hundred volunteers, making the come-back tour a success. This year, hosts expect a least 200 riders, and plan to have a t-shirt for the first 200 riders to register, in addition to the usual amenities…SAG Wagons, several rest stops, breakfast and lunch on the Square (riders’ lunch and dessert are complimentary), Sheriff’s deputies to lead and follow each individual ride, and plenty more!
The budget for the event is projected to be between $5,000 and $7,000. Proceeds from Spring Fever 2015 will go into a scholarship fund, to be presented to a deserving senior in the High School Leadership Class.
Each rider will wear a colored bracelet, and lots of color-coded signs will lead them right to the finish line…plenty of other signs with words of encouragement will punctuate the route, as well. Add an officer tailing each ride, and you just can’t get lost! The bracelets will also be printed with a direct phone number to the SAG wagons, so help is just a quick call away. Rest stops are provided every 8-10 miles, with water, juice, snacks, and fresh fruit!
Hurry and get your name in before March 6th for a discounted entry fee, and to get yourself a Spring Fever 2015 t-shirt! Kick off the season with a beautiful and fun ride that’s unlike any other!