Weekend Ride Round-Up April 18th-20th

 

Weekend Round Up 4/18-4/20

Easter is just around the corner! Is anyone going to be hopping on their bike for one of these Easter Weekend rides? If you are still looking for a great event this weekend, for the family or just for yourself, here are the rides that will be happening this weekend.

 

Friday, April 18th:

   2014 Easter Hill Country Tour - Kerrville   <—- This event will be happening on all three days this weekend!

Saturday April 19th:

   Red River Riot - Muenster 

   Ride for Heroes - Aledo       We have a ride interview for this one! Click HERE to view it now!

  10th Annual Tour de Cypress Ride and Run -  Mt. Vernon

Sunday April 20th:

Nothing this day. Just Easter!!

That’s all for the Easter Weekend Ride Roundup. Hope you have a great weekend!

April 17, 2014 Posted Under: News and Events   Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Like Wheelbrothers on Facebook

Did you know that Wheelbrothers is also on Facebook? Yep, that’s right! We have a pretty lively community over there.

If you haven’t liked us yet and need some motivation to click that little ‘like’ button (it’s easy – just look at the top of the post, bottom of the post or even in the sidebar area), we have just the thing for you.

Here are 10 reasons why you won’t won’t be sorry if you like us on Facebook…

10. Because we said so.

 Uncle Sam

9. Every morning you get a new, pump-you-up, motivational picture, like this

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8. Network with other Texas riders.

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7. Because we are sexy (and cool!)

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6a. If you’re female: You love guys in spandex.

Guys in Spandex

6b. If you’re male: You like that girls like guys in spandex.

We Approve

 

5. When you like us on facebook, you have a page you can click to quickly when someone comes into your office, so they don’t think you just play around on facebook all day.

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4. To show your friends and family what fun cycling is. And how cool you are.

 Cycling Is Cool

3. You get first dibs on our limited edition t-shirt line. What this means: We release limited-edition t-shirts every so often. And we announce it to our Facebook community first.

Wheel Brothers Shirt

2. Get answers to all your cycling questions. We are a community, we like to help each other out, whether that’s answering questions or giving you tips.

cycling community offering tips

And the number one reason you should like us on Facebook is… because we LIKE you!

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April 12, 2014 Posted Under: News and Events   Read More

Interview – Ride for Heroes – Aledo, TX

Hey Wheel Brothers! Has spring been treating everyone well? We hope everyone has had a chance to get out there and get started on their spring rides. If you are looking for another awesome ride, benefiting an awesome cause, you have got to check out our interview with the board members of the Ride for Heroes.

 Ride For Heroes - 2014

Why join your ride?

 The Ride for Heroes is a well-organized ride that offers the right combination of scenery and challenge.  Our routes are well-marked and our law enforcement control of traffic is top notch.  We consider our rest stops to be the best in Texas.  You’ll find friendly, enthusiastic, and encouraging people. Plus, there’s even homemade cookies and more.  Lunch is included in the entry fee and you get your choice of a hamburger, veggie burger, or hot dog with chips and drink.  And you also get a Ride for Heroes T-shirt.

Ride For Heroes t-shirt

How long has your ride been around?

 The ride was started in 2003.

What was the motivation behind starting the ride and who benefits from it?

 The ride was started to raise funds for three volunteer fire departments in East Parker County (Aledo, Hudson Oaks, and Willow Park).  These fire departments are still our primary beneficiaries.  We now also distribute funds to the Parker County Sheriff’s Reserve, the Weatherford Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, the Parker County Center of Hope, student groups/clubs from the Aledo ISD who assist with the ride, and Bike Texas.  Because of our generous sponsors and our riders, our 11 previous rides have enabled us to distribute a total of $397,815!

How have they been able to utilize funds in the past? 

Fire departments have used our funds to purchase bunker gear, rescue tools, and lighting.  One department uses our funds to help pay for a brush truck that serves their district and surrounding districts.  The Sheriff’s Reserve has used our funds to purchase a vehicle, portable radios, and body armor for deputies.

Logistically can you give us an idea of how many volunteers, finances and planning it takes to put on this event? 

Planning for Ride for Heroes generally starts 7 months before the event.  Board members put in many hours organizing the various tasks associated with the ride.  The number of volunteers required is approximately 250.  The cost to put on the ride is approximately $20,000.

Do you have a map of the start facility showing registration, parking, all toilets, water/snacks, start line? 

We have a map of the start facility at http://rideforheroes.org/images/School_Campus_Info_for_Cyclists_2012.pdf.  In addition to 10 porta-potties that will be outside the registration building, the stadium rest rooms under the stands at the lunch area will also be open.  Water/snacks will be available outside the registration building.

What is the most rewarding experience of hosting this event?

  The most rewarding experience is to be able to distribute significant funds to organizations with volunteers who help those in need and make East Parker County a great place to live.

Ride For Heroes riders

What is the average number of participants? 

The average for the last two years is 1,145 cyclists.

What can folks do to support you and your mission? 

Participate in the ride either as a cyclist or a volunteer.  Tell others about the ride.  Donations are always accepted and are tax-deductible since Ride for Heroes, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization.

Do you ride, and if so, what kind of bicycle do you have?

Two board members are cyclists.  One rides a Cervelo RS.  The other, one of the original board members for the HHH, rides a  Klein with Ultegra components.

Anything else you’d like to tell folks about this ride?

  ParkerCounty is a great place to ride, especially in April with mild temperatures and bluebonnets in bloom.  There are some hills to offer some challenge.  In addition, the 39, 58, and 70 mile routes will parallel the north and south sides of the Moncrief Ranch.  If you’re lucky, some of the exotic animals on the ranch might be visible.

 

CLICK HERE – for more information on this great April ride!

We hope to see you out there, supporting your local heroes. See ya on the road.

April 8, 2014 Posted Under: Ride Interviews   Read More

Interview – Katy Ram Challange – Katy, TX

Have you tried the Katy Ram Challenge? If you haven’t been in the last 11 years, you have been missing out. Don’t worry, you still have a chance to get in on this amazing ride. Ride Captain, Andrew Amstutz gave us an exclusive scoop on what to expect from this year’s ride, on April 5th.

Katy Ram Ride 2014

Why join your ride?

The Mayde Creek High School Ram Band Boosters will be sponsoring its 12th annual cycling event known as the Katy Ram Challenge on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

The Katy Ram Challenge is a non-competitive Bike Ride held annually in Katy, TX to benefit the Mayde Creek High School Mighty Ram Band.  The ride includes support and covers several courses ranging from a 12 mile family ride to a 75 mile endurance ride. Riders can expect to experience rolling meadows and rural flatlands around the Katy/Brookshire area. Plus, this a BP MS150 Recommended Ride.

How long has your ride been around?

2014 is our 12th annual Katy Ram Challenge

riders at Katy Ram Ride

What was the motivation behind starting the ride and who benefits from it?

Proceeds from this event are returned to the community through the academic and musical excellence of the Mayde Creek High School Mighty Ram Band. Our students play a significant role with this event as it teaches them the importance of volunteering, community service, and team work.  For more information on how you are helping to make a difference, we invite you to visit our website: www.mchsramband.org.

How have they been able to utilize funds in the past?

The Mayde Creek High School Mighty Ram Band Boosters utilize funds raised from this event to bring clinicians, musical professionals, into the school to work one on one with students.  Proceeds also go to providing the band with instruments, transportation and equipment as they compete in multiple marching competitions throughout the year.

Logistically can you give us an idea of how many volunteers, finances and planning it takes to put on this event?

Over 100 volunteers from the Mayde Creek High School Mighty Ram Band and Band Boosters will be involved with putting on this event including registration, rest stops and a Pep Band at the starting line.  The Katy Ram Challenge travels through Katy, WallerCounty and Brookshire, all of whom are involved with providing police support and traffic control.  Allen Samuels Dodge of Katy provides Dodge Ram Trucks for use as Safety and Gear (SAG) trucks.  Katy comes together for the Katy Ram Challenge.

cyclists prepping for the Katy Ram Ride

Do you have a map of the start facility showing registration, parking, all toilets, water/snacks, start line?

Riders will be challenged with five race routes; 13, 35, 46, 62, and 75 mile routes.  The ride will start at 8:00 a.m. from the Sun & Ski Sports store of Katy Mills Mall and end at approximately 4:30 p.m.  Plenty of parking is available at the Katy Mills Mall.  Katy Police will have officers at key intersections to aid with traffic flow.  Additional traffic control will also be provided by the Waller County Sheriffs and Brookshire Police.  Volunteers will be present at the start/finish, at 5 rest stops and in SAG vehicles to assist with the safety of this recommended BP-MS150 ride. We will also have two fully staffed ambulance on duty throughout the event.

Map and Registration information is available at KatyRamChallenge.org

What is the most rewarding experience of hosting this event?

The Katy Ram Challenge is a great opportunity for all riders in Katy from family riders to BP MS150 endurance riders to come together at Katy’s best ride and support Katy ISD Band Program at Mayde Creek High School.

What is the average number of participants?

Our ride welcomes about 1200 riders.

What can folks do to support you and your mission?

Come out and ride the Katy Ram Challenge!  Take the challenge… we dare you!

Anything else you’d like to tell folks about this ride?

Register Online now and come to packet pickup at Sun & Ski Sports, Katy Mills Mall Thursday April 3 or Friday April 4.  Come ready to Ride on Saturday April 5th and be prepared for a Pep Band Start and the best ride in Katy.  See KatyRamChallenge.org for all the details.

 

We hope you enjoyed this latest interview. Now get out there an register for the Katy Ram Challenge! See ya there.

CLICK HERE – for more information about this ride.

March 25, 2014 Posted Under: Ride Interviews   Read More





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