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aug 20 2008

This Weekend: Bicyclists get hotter than Hell in Texas

Cooling off at Hotter'N Hell 2006 (Courtesy HeroicLife/Flickr)

Riding 100 miles in 100-degree heat? In Texas? For fun?

Believe it. Wichita Falls, Texas, will be invaded by bicyclists doing just that in the 27th annual Hotter'N Hell Hundred endurance bike race this Saturday.

Begun in 1982 as a way to celebrate Wichita Falls's centennial, the event now draws more than 11,000 cyclists—the largest single-day, 100-mile bicycle ride in the nation. In past years, the heat has exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Luckily, weather.com predicts a 90-degree high in Wichita Falls on this year's race day. (Phew!)

The ride starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday and features a trek through neighboring towns Charlie, Burkburnett, Electra, and Iowa Park.

Other activities include a 10K bike race, a 10-mile off-road area for mountain bikes (this single track has short climbs and drops), plus a spaghetti dinner and a chance to buy official Hotter'N Hell clothing, bike paraphernalia, and other items from community vendors.

The event is free to watch. Registration for riders is $25; late registration opens at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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