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April 18, 2011

Cyclists compete over weekend

ALEDO — Hundreds of cyclists rode out Saturday morning in Aledo shortly after 8:30 a.m. in support of area emergency personnel.

Warm weather and sunshine greeted riders participating in the 9th annual Moritz Ride for Heroes benefitting the Aledo Fire Department, Hudson Oaks Fire Department, Willow Park Fire and Rescue, Parker County Sheriff’s Reserve and Parker County Center of Hope.

Attendance was expected to surpass last year’s ride which saw more than 500 riders despite rainy weather.  

Families, groups from North Texas such as Bicycles Inc. and other riders chose from one of six routes varying from 8 miles to 82 miles on state highways and county roads starting and ending at Aledo High School.

Those finishing the 8-mile course happily waved as they neared the finish line.  

Aledo firefighters cooked up a lunch of hamburgers for the riders and groups from Aledo High School set up tables and chairs at the finish line and handed out water and drinks at rest stops.  

Proceeds from the race will also go to help various Aledo High School student clubs and the Texas Bicycle Coalition.

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