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April 11, 2014

Road Rash a name, not a goal for cycling club

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Cyclists check the page to find out where and when others are setting out on a ride, seeking both camaraderie and safety in numbers.

“Prior to this we relied on texting,” Plowman said. “It’s nice to have a page where everybody can go to find a place and not just go out there on their own.

“Especially during the hotter part of the summer you don’t want to have a medical issue by yourself 25 miles from town.”

Parker County Road Rash will soon have its own signature kit  — snappy red and black gear designed by Mendrop and Mark Riebe, president of Texas Bank Financial, and emblazoned with the names of Texas Bank Financial and Southwest Ford, the group’s sponsors.

The outfits — still on order — may, in fact, get their first airing in the 12th annual Moritz Ride for Heroes in Aledo, set for Saturday, April 19. The ride offers five scenic bike routes, ranging from eight to 70 miles.

Most members of the cycling club will ride in one of those, Plowman said, helping to raise funds for the Aledo Fire Department, Hudson Oaks Fire/Rescue, Willow Park Fire/Rescue, the Parker County Sheriff’s Reserve, the Weatherford Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and the Parker County Center of Hope.

“What people from Parker County don’t realize is that they will experience hills on a personal basis,” Plowman advised.

“The Ride for Heroes is a huge deal because it benefits first responders, the groups responsible for our protection.”

Riebe will mark his fourth Ride for Heroes this month.

One of the faster riders according to his companions, Riebe goes the distance — the 70-mile route — averaging about 20 mph and finishing in about four hours.

“I generally stay with the lead group as long as I can,” he said. “Everybody gets spit out the back at some point.”

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