Riders from various cities and towns around Texas were top finishers in the three long divisions of the 2011 Tour de Cypress bike ride on Saturday, April 16.
A total of 195 riders registered for the event. In each of the divisions individually, 71 riders registered for the 100K ride, 62 started the 45 mile ride, 46 were in the 30 mile ride and 16 began the 10 mile ride.
“This is double the riders we have ever had,” stated Diana Duckworth, co-director of the bike ride. “I am very excited about next year’s ride and am very grateful to the community for all of the support they have given us.”
David Starrett of Tyler finished first in the 100K ride. He returned to the square after completing the course in two hours and 54 minutes. Mark Harris of Dallas came in second with a time of three hours and five minutes. Third in the 100K was Randell Prewitt of Pittsburg, who finished in three hours and eight minutes.
Patrick Jumper of Plano was the first to finish the 45 mile ride. He completed the course in two hours and 30 minutes. Paul Cervantes of Mount Pleasant and Brad Asbill of Quinlan came in second and third in the 45 mile ride. Mr. Cervantes finished in two hours and 50 minutes, and Mr. Asbill finished in three hours.
Mac Tichenor and Jeff Hazlett, both of Dallas, were the first and second in the 30 mile ride. They finished in 1 hour and 59 minutes. Third in the 30 mile was Eric Godwin of Sulphur Springs. He finished the course in two hours and five minutes.
Jakobi Kennedy, age 13 of Mount Vernon, was the first to finish the 10 mile ride. He rolled back to the downtown plaza 50 minutes after the start.
“After seven years of bike rides, we have had no major injuries and we can attribute that to the diligence of the Franklin County emergency personnel and our rest stop volunteers, who spend their Saturday looking after the bikers,” Pat Wright, co-director of the bike ride, said.
Rotarians provided lunch and beverages to riders and made them available to the public for purchase on Saturday. Approximately 240 hamburgers were served.
Drawing winners at the Heroes Barbecue and the department to which they are connected were as follows: two club level Dallas Cowboy tickets with premium parking pass, Bob Goswick, South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department; two field level seats and parking pass to the Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros game, Charlie Mercer, Mount Vernon Fire Volunteer Fire Department; four tickets to the Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees game, Scott Lee, DPS; $500 gift card from Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Steve Patterson, Purley Volunteer Fire Department; season passes to Six Flags, Valerie Barela, Franklin County Sheriff’s Posse; two Ranger baseball tickets and parking passes for game against Baltimore Orioles, Debbie O’Hara, North Franklin Volunteer Fire Department; retail gift cards, Jeremy Stevens, South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Herman Todd, Franklin County Sheriff’s Posse, Kenneth Dyer, North Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Brandon Edwards, Purley Volunteer Fire Department;
Retail food cards, Randy Green, Franklin County Constable, John O’Hara, North Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Josh Daily, Mount Vernon Police Department, Thomas Garcia, South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Bruce Gatlin, DPS, Roger Penny, DPS; wholesale food card, Ray Hoffman, South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Angie Corbell, Franklin County Water District - Lake Patrol; and beauty basket, Thomas Cooley, State Fire Marshall.