First Brown County bike ride a success

“Great inaugural event.”

“Well-stocked rest stops.”

These were just a couple of the many positive comments received from riders who participated in the Heart of Texas Cyclists 100K in Bangs, TX, on Saturday, July 30, 2016.StartingLine

Over 68 riders from all over the state, in addition to one rider from Denver, Colorado, participated in rides with distances of 35K, 60K, and 100K.

There were a few hiccups along the way in getting the ride started. Volunteers went out on Friday to prepare rest stop locations and to mark the turns along the routes.

It was discovered that a section of paved county road was recently covered in loose gravel. A couple riding tandem lost control on the gravel and fell, but no serious injuries were reported, and they finished the 60K without incident after that.

TandemRiders2Also at some point overnight Friday, the canopy installed at relief station #3, along with a battery from a communications vehicle parked there, were stolen from the site. Volunteers still set up a station there.

One rider got off-course on the 60K ride, but ended up finishing with a few extra miles.

Many positive comments were received about the ride and the organization. One comment heard frequently was electronic timing in the future, which may happen in future events.

We are looking into next year’s event already. We will continue to post information as it comes in. Please join our Facebook group for more discussion at



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Baldwin takes 100K trophy and KOM

The inaugural Heart of Texas Cyclists 100K went off quite well with overwhelming positive response from riders and sponsors alike.

We’ll post a photo gallery soon, but here are our winners’ photos.

In the 100K, left to right, Scot Morris, Brownwood, TX, 3rd; Shawn Baldwin, Denver, CO, 1st and KOM; Arnaud Sillis, Austin, TX, 2nd.


In the 60K, left to right, Eddie Lord, May, TX, 2nd; Pennissi Taylor, Brownwood, TX, 1st; Vincent Ornelas, Brownwood, TX, 3rd.


60K Winners

In the 35K, left to right, Steve Ludwick, Brownwood, TX, 3rd; Christy Ludwick, Brownwood, 2nd; Kristin Tamminga, Brownwood, 1st.


Our Queen of the Mountain Margarita Radysh.


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Last day to register online!

Last dayToday is the last day you can pre-register online for the event. Register by 9 pm (CDT) tonight and your entry is just $30. After this, we will have general registration from 7:00 am to 7:50 am at the event site, and your event-day cost will be $40. You must bring cash and exact change.

All participants, regardless of when you register, will receive a goody bag, free fish fry lunch, access to showers and post-ride massage. You might get a shirt in your size, depending on availability.

Register now at

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Relief station sponsors announced

We would like to officially announce that KTXS-TV from Abilene and the Brownwood United Supermarket have both agreed to sponsor the three relief stations at the 2016 H.O.T. Cyclists 100K.

KTXS LogoKTXS is sponsoring the two smaller stations as part of a larger commitment of support. United committed to the larger station on Saturday, April 23.United Logo

We are happy that both have agreed to come on board to make this ride a memorable one! Thank you for your support.

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Bike Peddler Offers Maintenance Station

Bike PeddlerLynn and Vonne Cornett, owners of the Bike Peddler in Brownwood, have offered a free maintenance station at the starting line for all rides for the H.O.T. Cyclists July 30 event.

If you need your tires aired up or a minor adjustment pre-tour, Lynn will be happy to set you up.

Huge thanks to the Cornetts at the Bike Peddler for this fine service!

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H.O.T. Cyclists 100K

Are you ready for some HOT summer cycling? Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 30, 2016, and set your sights on Bangs, Texas! The Heart of Texas Cyclists 100K is the central Texas ride you’ve been waiting for!

Our rides begin and end in the small town of Bangs, situated just 8 miles west of Brown County seat Brownwood. The weekend will have for your enjoyment the Bangs Flamin’ BBQ Cookoff, as well as the Red Hot Trade Days. Stick around after the tours for some great barbecue and entertainment! Enjoy the event, or feel free to check out additional entertainment, dining, and museums in nearby Brownwood and Early.

Routes will be published soon, but we will have three routes: a 35K, a 60K, and a 100K.  The longer two routes will feature some significant hill climbs as you pass through small towns in western Brown County. Two awards for KOM & QOM will be awarded for the first one to get up the hill near Brookesmith! Ribbons will be awarded for the top racers in each route, with a trophy for the top 100K rider.

Entry fee will be $30 before July 1, after that you’ll have to register at the event for $40. We will also have hotel information published soon.

But I don’t want to compete, I just want to tour!

That’s perfectly fine! In fact, we expect the large majority of registered riders to simply come along for the tour. Competing for ribbons and trophies is purely optional. Come enjoy our fine central Texas hospitality and the beautiful winding roads and hills. After the event, enjoy a free fish fry lunch on us, or sample the barbecue at the cookoff.

Showers will be available after the event also!

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