Week by week, the calendar for Houston-area cycling is starting to fill out. If you've been keeping track, the 2014 Bike Through the Forest and the Hills will be the third large road event of the year, and it's designated as another tune-up for the BP MS150 that comes less than three months later. Like the FrostBike 50 the week before, the 6th Annual BTtFatH benefits a local high school drill team, in this case the Kingwood High School Fillies. In other words, count on a plethora of peppy staff at the rest stops!
For this ride, registered cyclists get to choose one of four distances; 12, 23, 35 and 46 miles, with some things called "hills" on the 46-mile route that locals consider challenging. All courses start beginning at 8:00 a.m. from the San Jacinto County Courthouse in downtown Coldspring, Texas, north on US 59 (aka I-69) from the Bayou CIty.
A PDF of the mail-in registration form can be found at the ride website or you can register online through Active.com. Registration pricing, per the registration form, is $35 through Jan 19, 2014 and $40 afterwards, including on-site registration for the day of the ride. Riders registered by January 18th are guaranteed an event tee. All riders will be rewarded with the event organizer's traditional banana muffins.
It's a BP MS150 Recommended Training Ride™, so the usual conditions apply: rest stops and plentiful course marshals, SAG and mechanical support available, Snell or ANSI-approved helmet required, and no headphones or radios (as if!)
If you're going, Coldspring is on the southern shore of Lake Livingston about 65 miles northeast of downtown Houston via US 59 and FM 2025 or I-45 and TX 150.