— By CHRISTIN COYNE
Despite the weather, attendance at Weatherford’s 25th annual Peach Pedal bike ride was one of the largest in the event’s history.
Though the forecast predicted plenty of heat and humidity, 2,115 riders showed up for the event Saturday, ride director Brent Baker said.
Last year, with much better weather, the Peach Pedal had the second largest turnout ever and they were within 100 riders of that number Saturday, he said.
“It was the most humid Peach Pedal I can remember,” Baker said, adding that the conditions made it difficult for many riders to finish.
Thankfully, they had many volunteers picking up riders who couldn’t make it at locations on the routes.
“We have great, great volunteers,” Baker said, adding that a couple hundred volunteers, including those staging at the rest stops, handling registration, and police, made things possible.
Construction on Bethel Road this year led to a rerouting the beginning of the ride along Tin Top Road.
It went so well they are considering going with that route next year, he said.
A couple of people were hospitalized for injuries but none were life-threatening, according to Baker, who said a man transported to a Fort Worth hospital by air after he fell and hit his head while riding in the Millsap area was reported to be out of the hospital.
Post-ride and online reviews coming back have nearly all been positive, according to Baker.
Funds raised by the ride, which benefit both the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and the Weatherford College Foundation, have not been totaled but Baker said he expects that monies will be around the usual $40,000 that helps provide scholarships for Weatherford College students.
An approximate number of attendees at Saturday’s Peach Festival was not available from the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.