Tour d' Cotton - Childress, TX
Tour d'Cotton Oct 1, 2011 I did the 60 miler .. more like 57 but over 1000' of climbs, with 1 short & very steep. Roads & weather were great, the people were SUPER friendly & rest stops were often. This is a ride that everyone should plan on doing in 2012 .. it is a super ride & lots of fun, good bags were back-pack loaded with t-shirts & ball caps & lots of other things .. great people putting on a fun ride, worth the drive up from Denton area.
To the friends of Childress Theatre Company who have come to Childress the past 6 years to ride Tour d' Cotton, I apologize for not being able to stage the ride this coming October 2. And for not letting you know sooner.
Organizer that I am (am or not), things fell apart the first of June when my husband was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Although he received a good prognosis at MD Anderson, 5 days after we got home in July, I was caught off guard by an episode of atrial fibrillation--nothing new, but a little more serious since it was disguised as heat exhaustion (self-diagnosis is so dangerous). Probably a little stress involved there.
To make a long story short, I knew the first of June that I could not pull Tour d' Cotton together and had that decision reaffirmed mid-July. We are both doing good now. John Steinbeck wrote "The Winter of My Distress"--well, this was Judy's & AJ's "summer of our distress". So glad to see fall arrive!
However, we will be back the first Saturday of October 2011, and hope that you will join us. We're planning on adding some bells & whistles (maybe even a website!!!!) to make Tour d' Cotton even better. Thank you for your loyalty. Bring some friends to Childress next October. Tour d' Cotton--always the first Saturday of October.
Hope to see you then-- Judy Johnson, V-P, Childress Theatre Company
October 4, 2008
No reviews but I have this nice letter from the director.
Tour d' Cotton had its beginning in 1988 when Childress celebrated its Centennial. It was conducted 2 or 3 more times in the 1990's and then went dormant!
In 2004, Childress Theatre Company revived it as a potential fund raiser to benefit the restoration of Childress' historic Palace Theater. (Childress Theatre Co. is now a 501(c)3 non-profit entity)
I took on the challenge of ride coordinator and literally fumbled through the first ride. However we had 35 riders, many of whom returned in succeeding years. About the only thing I did right was join Texas Bicycle Coalition through whom we were insured--and pick a terrific 60 mile ride. In 2005 we got a manual for conducting a ride from TBC and discovered we were not too far off track, so decided to do it again.
This is our 5th year and we seem to be getting some statewide attention as I am receiving advertising pitches from sports magazines, etc. We did place ads for August & September in The Racing Post. I am hoping for 75 riders this year and would love to build our participant numbers to 300 or more.
Registration is $30 per person with a $5 per person family discount after the first person pays the full reg. fee. We have Tour d' Cotton caps for the first 50 riders registered. We give shirts & pins and have great door prizes at the barbecue lunch. We have the participation of local law enforcement and Childress Regional Medical Center EMT's. Good rest stops every 8-10 miles and lots of terrific volunteers and, of course, insurance through Texas Bicycle Coalition..
The 60 mile ride goes south of Childress on US 83 for 15 miles (good shoulders and passing lanes), then west through rugged ranch land to the little community of Cee Vee, circles back through Tell farming community and back to Childress.
The 30 mile ride goes south of US 83 and then west to Tell and back to Childress.
The 8 mile ride is a fun ride through and on the outskirts of Childress.