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April 11, 2014

Road Rash a name, not a goal for cycling club

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Keith Warren, executive pastor of North Side Baptist Church, was a runner who became a cyclist when he learned that the events he wanted to be in had both running and cycling components.

He has since upgraded from the 30-year-old road bike discovered in his father-in-law’s barn, he said, and really enjoys how the club binds many different kinds of people together. 

“Almost everyone involved is a community leader,” he said. “We see each other in Optimists, Rotary, Noon Lions. Several of us went to Hotter’N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls last year.”

John Hinton, senior vice president at Plains Capital Bank and Hunter’s dad, hopes to see a local association develop that’s similar to the Fort Worth Bicycling Association.

“They have 600 to 700 members,“ he said, “and they schedule events and parties. They ride a lot, and you don’t have to be a member. The routes are mapped.”

Wayne Kirby, an engineer with Bell Helicopter, is one of the newest members of the loosely-knit group. He has been participating in the Moritz Ride for Heroes since 2010, however, the year he got back into cycling after a 25-year hiatus.

Kirby got hooked as he cycled a 44-mile route in the rain.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I guess I was dressed warmly enough, and it was very relaxing mentally.”

Parker County cycling events seem to be growing on a yearly basis, according to Plowman.

“There’s one in Aledo, two in Springtown, a new ride and two others in Weatherford, a Saginaw ride that goes into Northeast Parker County and one that starts in Mineral Wells and goes into the western edge of Parker County,” he said.

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