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Registration opens for 2018 Texas Independence Bicycle Tour

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

biketour2014preIN OUR COMMUNITY
One of the region's fastest growing and most popular bicycle rides is set for Feb. 24, 2018. The Shell Texas Independence Bicycle Tour, hosted by the Deer Park Rotary Club, winds through the Bay Area and the historic San Jacinto Monument. Registration for the bike ride is underway and sponsorships are also available. file photo

The Deer Park Rotary Club will host its ninth annual Shell Texas Independence Bicycle Tour Feb. 24. The bike tour is a sanctioned warm up ride for the upcoming MS 150 in the spring.

Already in its ninth year, the ride is regarded as one of the more popular and safer rides in the training circuit. The Shell Texas Independence Bicycle Tour features three routes each approximately 30, 48 or 62 miles in length, that wind through the historic southeast region of Harris County and loops around the San Jacinto Monument.

The ride begins and ends at Clyde Abshier Stadium at the Deer Park High School South Campus. Light snacks will be served in the morning during registration beginning at 6 a.m. Lunch will be served as riders arrive from their routes.

Registration is $35 through Feb. 11, and then jumps to $40 until Feb. 24. Onsite registration is $45. Riders can pick any of the three routes regardless of registration costs. To register, get more information or become a sponsor, visit and click on Texas Independence Bicycle Tour.

Proceeds from the ride go to the Deer Park Rotary Club’s scholarships and charitable endeavors including help to non-profit organizations, scholarships and addressing community needs.

This is the second consecutive year that the Rotary Bike Tour year’s ride is approximately 30 days closer to the world-famous MS 150 ride than past years.

“We were hoping to move the date closer to the big ride than previous years,” said Casey McGuire, Rotarian and ride director. “With the later date, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for better weather and an even bigger turnout.”

McGuire said in past years, participation in the Shell Texas Independence Bicycle Tour’s ride has steadily grown despite cold, damp, windy January mornings.

Sponsorships are also available. Opportunities include  rest stop sponsorships, in-kind donations and much more.