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To Feed Tarrent County 2012, Fort Worth, Texas

April 28, 2012

For an inaugural event, I thought it was very well organized. There was plenty of parking at the start / finish. I registered the day of the ride and that went smoothly. Rest stops were stocked. Volunteers were friendly and helpful. The meal at the end of the ride was good. The Fort Worth Police department was at all the intersections. They were everywhere. There were several officers riding as well. Had to ride further out to get away from the "city traffic" then with other rides I have attended. I will ride next year.

1st year for Ryder Ride – To Feed Tarrant County. Always a little apprehensive about a first time ride, but the organizers did a very good job. Probably 100 riders for the 39 mile route, which I rode. Pre-registered online, tried to pick up the packet the next day but the bike shop said they didn't have it. The web-site said if you pre-registered online packets could be picked up, probably need to clarify this if there is a time lag to get the packets to the bike shop. On-site packet pickup was quick and easy. Plenty of porta potties, there was no lines. Course was clearly marked with large yellow signs with huge arrows. Traffic support was great with almost all intersections manned with police officers. The ride was led out by a police car with its flashing lights on. The police car kept its lights on for the entire ride which certainly made motorists give the riders the right of way. The course was challenging with some rolling hills, a long climb and short steep climb (Blue Mound Rd). They had a large clock timer for each of the different rides so riders could see their times as they got back. A few suggestions to help improve the ride: 7:30am start time for a 39 mile ride in April is a bit early, fortunately the weather was warm. Most rides this time of year seem to start at 8:30 or later. Would like to see a 100k route, as that seems to be the default for these charity rides and would bring out more riders. To increase attendance the organizers will need to find a date without a major conflict with other rides (Muenster was the same day). I hope the ride continues in the future with some of the recommendations as the organizers seemed to know how to put on a good bike ride.