340 bikers took to the streets and through the rolling hills of Willis and Conroe early Saturday morning on July 4th at the 12th
Annual “Burn Your Buns” Bike Ride to benefit Bridgewood Farms.
Riders aged 10 to 85 rode the 20, 31, or 62 mile (loop twice) coursealong tree lined streets and rolling hills in Willis. Many participants “doubled the fun” by going down and out twice to cover the 62 miles. The majority of participants participate traditionally every year from The Woodlands Cycling Club and The Mules Cycling Club. Fifty volunteers were there early to check in participants
or help at water stations. The Lake Conroe Rotary always sponsors the Burn Your
Buns event by providing volunteers.
“This has been a wonderful tradition with me
every year since its inception in February of 2004 with Mike McDougal”, said Kris
McBride, member of the Lake Conroe Rotary Club and longtime volunteer. “That
first event was so cold instead of Ride from the Heart it could have been
Freeze Your Buns Bike Ride. July is usually pretty predictable and hot!”
Peggy Apple, also of the Lake Conroe Rotary, has helped with
registration for many years “because it is so rewarding”. The Lake Conroe
Rotary partners with Bridgewood Farms to assist with funding projects and
events throughout the year including the recent purchase of a golf cart.
Other event sponsors include The Woodlands Cycling Club (WCC),
the McDougal Law Firm, and Precinct 1 Constable’s Office. All the organizations
work together to ensure the success of the ride by recruiting law enforcement,
volunteers, and officials to monitor the route. Both Mike McDougal and WCC have supported the bike ride since its inception in January 2004. The WCC takes responsibility for the ride route,
TXDOT approvals, and all promotion to cycling clubs.
“This year was a bit challenging to get sponsors, but we are very grateful for the continual community support. All proceeds from the registration go directly to enable Bridgewood Farms to serve our clients”, said Flo Nelson, Executive Director
The 2016 Bike Ride raised nearly $18,000 to supplement programs and
services for 120 intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals in
Montgomery County and surrounding areas.
Presented by The Woodlands Cycling Club, the Diamond Sponsor was Troy
Construction. Gold Sponsors are Décor Builders Hardware and Mary and Tom
Krolczyk. Silver Sponsors-Cannon Custom Homes, Lynch Signs, and Borden. Bronze
Sponsors are Shannon Fine Jewelers, Taylorized PR, and many individuals- Bill Pinkerton; Beverly and Gary Ward; Jerry, Paula and Jody Shumpert; Pam and Davy Holak, and Helen Schwisow.
This article was contributed by Margie Taylor of Taylorized PR.