The 2012 edition of Bessies Creek 24 cycling races will be held over the weekend of April 14/15. Spring riding is a wonderful time of the year to be cycling in southeast Texas.
Racers will be treated to a profusion of brilliant wildflowers inhabiting the lush verges bordering the course; bluebonnets, indian paintbrushes and cornflowers are just a few of the dozens of varieties of wild flowers which bloom this time of the year in southeast Texas, to cheer and amaze us with their displays.
Spring also means soft southeastern breezes, cool nights and hopefully generally mild days. Wild life will be out in force with magnificent Coopers’s hawks catching the updrafts overhead and rabbits, squirrels and the occasional bobcat darting in and out of the hedgerows.
This is as pleasant a way to spend a weekend challenging yourself doing an ultra cycling race as at any other course in the country.
Whether you are a solo racer trying for a new personal best or one of a team of buddies looking to make a mark in the 24 hour race, this is the race event at which to be seen and to be competing.
Racers from across Texas have already signed up as have others from as far afield as Arizona and Louisiana. The Florida and Arkansas contingent are expected to try to outdo their fantastic record breaking performances of last year, although we expect there will be others who will not let them get away with it so easily this year.
Bessies takes place over a smooth surfaced oblong shaped course of 21 miles, of mostly wide shoulders and with light rural traffic. Because of our prevailing SE wind, this route will provide a variation of head winds and tail winds with not too much of either before launching on another tack.
We are not masochists – we leave that to the racers – and we make sure you will not get lonely riding Bessies Creek; riders return to the protected environs of the host hotel every lap to be greeted by the cheery faces of the timing crew – in fact, you will be back at the start and to your support area sooner than you think.
We will publish a list of registered racers closer to the day, and if you want to see your name in lights before race day, we encourage you to register early – although registration will be available on the day at the host hotel an hour before each race start.
This year we have joined with two of our fellow ultra races to offer the Texas Ultra Challenge Cup. Racers who ride each of the three events will accumulate points towards the grand final championship award. Go to www.24hoursinthecanyon.org, www.tt24tt.com. to see our companion racing events.
We are fortunate in being able to hold the event with the La Quinta being the host hotel. Our timing station – and race HQ – is located under the covered porch next to where the races start and finish, this is also where you will be able to find out how you are faring compared to your competitors. The hotel has laundry facilities, toilets, a swimming pool to relax and swim, a hot and cold breakfast bar and reasonably priced rooms. The hotel also has ample room for tents and crew set-up area within the grounds.
We hope to see many of you in Brookshire (just west of Houston) on April 14/15, when we can promise you a day of racing you will remember and brag about for months to come.