Tour de Muleshoe
Approximately 400 friendly riders and great volunteers make this a fun ride. Except for a few small rollers on the second leg this is a flat ride. Rest stops provide the usual fair. The last rest stop in Sudan is 15 miles to the finish – be sure your water bottles are filled. Big spaghetti lunch is provided with lots of door prizes including a $500 cash prize. A great change of scenery.
This was my second year to ride the Tour de Muleshoe. A friendly group of people who are truly appreciative of all who ride in this event. Aid stations are adequately stocked though the 63 mile route could have had one more stop along the way. It rained the first 45 miles of the ride - unusual weather for the panhandle this time of year. SAG support provided me with a tube and pump. It is along trip but well worth it. Exce[t for a few rollers in the sandhills, this is the flattest 63 miles you will do.
Since its inception I've always wanted to do this ride (cool name!) So, figuring that gas will be more expensive next summer, we decided to go this year. It's approx 8 hrs from Dallas so we went out the day before. We did the 40 miler and the weather was perfect - not a cloud in the sky and I don't think the temp got much above 90. The course itself it can be described as flat in the beginning followed by some general flatness in the middle and fairly flat at the end. Did I mention it was flat? There were about 300 riders participating and without a doubt this was the friendliest ride I've EVER been on! The riders and volunteers were so personable. The rest stops were basic with water, PowerAde, bananas, oranges and the ever important porta-poties. Awesome t-shirt and water bottle!! I only have two problems with the ride: the last rest stop was 15 miles from the finish which I thought was a bit far, especially for newbies, and the very end of the ride was dangerous. We had to swing across 4 lanes of traffic w/o support. Fortunately, the cars gave us lots of room and were courteous. Lunch was provided and so were many door prizes. Also, anyone that preregisters has a chance at $500!! Good deal for $20. If you're in that part of the country in mid-June with your bicycle - go for it!!