In September, cyclists from around the United States will converge in Dumas, Texas for the Texas Tumbleweed 100 Challenge, where experts and amateurs will ride 100 miles from start to finish. Competitors from all around are already training for this race. This race is often used as a practice run by expert cyclists training for Iron Man events. The Texas Tumbleweed 100 course is difficult and is an excellent competition for those cyclists looking for an intense course with lots of support.
This year, Texas Tumbleweed 100 is adding an extra challenge by teaming up with Hale on Wheels, located in Plainview, Texas. Together, they will host the High Plains Double Century Challenge. This unique challenge will take place in two different cities, both of which will include a 100 mile ride for cyclists. Although it is the 6th annual Texas Tumbleweed 100, this particular event is the first time cyclists will get to compete twice and combine their overall times to win. On September 15, cyclists will begin their quest, with a 100 mile ride in the historic town of Plainview, Texas. The second 100 mile ride will take place in Dumas on September 22 at the Texas Tumbleweed 100. All participants who finish either ride will receive a medal. The finalists, who combine their overall times of each race, will be able to hold 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in the male or female categories.
Dumas and Plainview have beautiful, lightly traveled roads that include long, flat stretches, as well as rolling hills and steep grades. Fully supplied rest stops, sag wagons, showers, mechanical, and first aid stations. Registrants will receive a T-shirt, a goodie bag and be entered in a drawing for a free entry to next year’s challenge!
The event is benefiting the YMCA in Dumas. Staff and volunteers will be participating. The Texas Tumbleweed 100 challenges have raised thousands of dollars. These numbers continue to grow due to sponsorship and the rising number of participants.
Writer: Summer Fleming