OK, Houston-area cyclists: time to come out from under cover, pull on the full-length tights, and hit the road for the 12th Annual Humble Lions Club Bike Ride. For 2014, the festivities are scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 15. Note to self: eight weeks left until the 2014 BP MS150: time to start hitting the recommended training rides - hard!
As in years past, this venerable ride leaves from the Humble Career & Technology Education Center at 9155 Will Clayton Road, Humble, with the first wave rolling out at 8:00 a.m. Participants may choose an out-and back route of 22 miles or loop routes of about 46 or 51 miles. The loop both cross Lake Houston on the McKay Bridge. Along the route, you'll get to visit the scenic hamlets of Atascocita and Crosby, and hills will definitely not be problem.
Proceeds of the ride benefit the Humble Lions Club Charities, in particular the Hearts Scholarship Foundation and handicapped and diabetic children.
Registration: for early-birds closes February 1. Up until that date mail, fax or online registration will set you back $25 per participant. Registration goes up to $30 after the first - but make certain you're in by February 16 to be certain to get one of their hand-designed tee-shirts. There's registration at packet pickup (see the website for locations) for $35, or register at the start for $40. On-line registration is available at Active.com, you can register on the website using PayPal, or you can download a PDF of the registration form and mail or fax it in (kudos to the Lions for not sticking once-a-year riders with Active's fees). PDFs of the routes are available on the website, but be forewarned: maps aren't to scale, and they haven't been updated with the new course of US 90.
Details to remember: The Humble Lions Bike Ride is a BP MS 150 recommended training ride. Expect SAG support and staffed rest stops (though I hope there's signage for the stop at US 90 and FM 2100 this year…) As with all MS150 recommended rides, safety rules will be enforced: helmets are required, headphones and earbuds are prohibited. This event will take place rain or shine. In the event of cancellation because of safety concerns, it will not be rescheduled.
Getting there: Take US 59 to the Will Clayton Road exit (Bush Intercontinental Airport), about three miles past Beltway 8, and turn east. The Career center is approximately 1.9 miles east, just beyond Wilson Road, on the left. Parking is available at the Center and at the nearby Humble ISD facilities.