Fingers are crossed that the cool and clear weather forecast for Sunday holds, guaranteeing that the 10th Tour de Houston bike ride will be a rolling success. Thousands of riders from the serious MS 150 folks in training to the casual neighborhood and family cyclists are expected to gather at City Hall for the "get out and get moving" adventure.
"It looks like the weather is going to be fabulous for a bike ride on Sunday," says Susan Christian, director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events, which sponsors the Tour de Houston.
As did Mayor Annise Parker and Mayor Bill White, under whose administration the event was launched, Mayor Sylvester Turner will be among those saddling up on a two-wheeler for the outing. The tour is part of the Mayor's Wellness Weekend, which on Saturday features the Bayou City Classic, a combo 10K race and family friendly 5K fun run.
How far will the mayor ride? We can't say. But we do know that participants have several options for the length of the tour. Serious bicyclists will take off from City Hall at 7:30 am for the 70-mile route which includes a swing through Kingwood. At 8 am, those opting for the 45-mile ride, will mount their bicycles and, at 8:30, those preferring a friendly 20-mile ride will take off.
The rides culminate in a lunch fest at City Hall's Hermann Square where presenting sponsor Apache will take bows and where Corner Bakery will provide lunch for registered participants. There will be music and more.
Advance online registration is $40, available until 4 p.m. on Saturday. On site registration Sunday morning is $40 for adults, $20 for children. Keep in mind that this is a cash- or check-only situation.
Proceeds benefit the city's reforestation project RE-Plant Houston.