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Cy­clists took to the streets and through the rolling hills of Wil­lis and Con­roe early Satur­day morn­ing on July 4th at the 14th An­nual “Burn Your Buns” Bike Ride to ben­e­fit Bridgewood Farms with 503 reg­is­tered rid­ers.

Rid­ers from lo­cal bike clubs and sea­soned cy­clists rode the 20, 31, or 62 mile (loop twice) course along tree lined streets and rolling hills in Wil­lis. Many par­tic­i­pants “dou­bled the fun” by go­ing down and out twice to cover the 62 miles. The ma­jor­ity of par­tic­i­pants par­tic­i­pate tra­di­tion­ally ev­ery year from The Wood­lands Cy­cling

Club and The Mules Cy­cling Club. Vol­un­teers were there early to check in par­tic­i­pants, help at rest sta­tions, or as­sist with safety on road in­clud­ing The Lake Con­roe Ro­tary, at­tor­ney Mike McDou­gal, law en­force­ment from Pct. 1 Con­sta­ble Cash and Pct. 2 Con­sta­ble Gene DeFor­est, along with the Mont­gomery County Hospi­tal District.

“It was an honor to as­sist with this event. Great peo­ple do­ing great things for our com­mu­nity”, said Con­sta­ble Phillip Cash of Pct. 1 in Mont­gomery County. Pre­sented by The Wood­lands Cy­cling

Club (WCC), and the Lake Con­roe Ro­tary Club, the Di­a­mond Spon­sor was Jef­frey Tacy and Marissa Gon­za­lez. Gold Spon­sors are Troy Con­struc­tion, Bor­den, and Con­gress­man Kevin Brady. Sil­ver Spon­sors-Can­non Cus­tom Homes, Lynch Signs, Tom and Mary Krol­czyk, West­bound Bank, Op­ti­mal Process So­lu­tions, Law of­fice of Kelly Chavez, Law Of­fice of Mike McDou­gal, Ed and Robbi Turek, Shan­non Jewel­ers, Sheri, Stacy, and Bill Brown; Paula, Jerry, and Jody Shumpert; and Pam, Davey, and Sky Ho­lak. Bronze Spon­sors are Wies­ner Au­to­mo­tive, Quest En­gi­neer­ing, Kris McBride Ac­count­ing Ser­vices, Oak- crest Farms, LLC, Jus­tice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Wayne Mack; and many in­di­vid­u­als- Rita and Jimmy Schu­macher; Jes­sica and Devin Teas­dale; James and Nan O’Hare; Bev­erly and Gary Ward; Rick, Na­talie, and Sarah Mei­del; and He­len Sch­wisow.

All the or­ga­ni­za­tions work to­gether to en­sure the suc­cess of the ride by re­cruit­ing law en­force­ment, vol­un­teers, and the Mont­gomery County Hospi­tal District to mon­i­tor the route. Both Mike McDou­gal and WCC have sup­ported the bike ride since its in­cep­tion in Jan­uary 2004. The WCC takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for the ride route, TXDOT ap­provals, and all pro­mo­tion to cy­cling clubs. Steve Schoger of the WCC en­sures that all ma­jor in­ter­sec­tions the cy­clists cross have a pointer on the route.

“Words can­not ex­press how grate­ful Bridgewood Farms is for all the fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers and rid­ers who par­tic­i­pated in this year’s ride. Nei­ther rain, nor storm, nor sleet, nor snow (plus the un­bear­able heat and hu­mid­ity) can keep a rider from do­ing what they love to do best”, said Flo Nel­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. “With­out these amaz­ing peo­ple it would not have been such a great 4th of July!”

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