Conquer the hills! Conquer the heat!
This has been the mantra of riders in the Bicycle League of Norman’s (BLN) annual Norman Conquest Bicycle Tour for the last 18 years, and it hasn’t changed as the BLN presents its 19th annual event on Saturday, July 12. The Norman Conquest was named one of the 50 best rides in America by Bicycling Magazine in their September 2012 issue.
Proceeds from this event will once again benefit the J. D. McCarty Center’s Camp ClapHans scholarship fund. Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp for children with developmental disabilities ages 8 to 16. The scholarship fund helps qualifying families offset the cost of camp tuition.
There are four ways to register for this event. Register online by going to www.active.com; or you can register Friday evening, July 11 from 5-9 p.m. at O’Connell’s Irish Pub at 769 Asp Avenue on Campus Corner in Norman; you can register at the J. D. McCarty Center, 2002 East Robinson, Norman, the morning of the ride from 5:30-6:45.
Mail registration form and check to BLN, 2014 Norman Conquest, P. O. Box 721094, Norman, Ok 73072.
Entry fees for the 2014 Norman Conquest are $30 per rider if received or postmarked by July 5. After July 5 the entry fee is $35. The town tour is $15 per rider. All entry fees include a hot catered lunch after the ride, a Norman Conquest t-shirt and a “carbo loading” pasta dinner at O’Connell’s on Friday night. The pasta dinner for non- participants may be purchased for $5. A t-shirt is not guaranteed if registering after July 5. The ride begins and ends at the J. D. McCarty Center, 2002 East Robinson, in Norman.
Jonathan Mullen, this year’s Norman Conquest chairman, said there have been some changes to the event from previous years. First, and foremost, is the addition of a fifth route for riders to choose. In addition to the family friendly town tour, the hilly 22 mile ride, the very hilly 46 mile trek and the seriously hilly 64 mile challenge there is now a 10 mile “taste of the hills” route.
“This new route was developed in response to our less experienced riders request for something more challenging than the town tour,” said Mullen. “These riders didn’t feel they were ready for the 22 mile ride, but wanted to sample a little more challenging route. Thus, the ‘taste of the hills’ was created.”
Another change in the event is the start time. It’s been moved up from 7:30 to 7 a.m. As usual, the start of the ride will be staggered based on the ride route. The 64 mile riders will start first, followed by the 46, 22, 10 and town tour riders. There will be an approximate 5 minute delay between groups.
“We want to remind riders that the Norman Conquest is a ride and not a race,” Mullen said. “We have something for all interests and riding levels.”
The Norman Conquest is supported by rest stops along all routes as well as SAG vehicles. The routes are well marked and maps are available at the registration tables Saturday morning. Besides a hot, delicious meal with air conditioning at the end of the ride there will also be free massage for the riders and door prize drawings, including a drawing for a bicycle.
The BLN supports and encourages the growth of recreational bicycling in and around Norman by organizing ride events, supporting bicycle safety and educational activities, participating in local government planning for improved bicycle access and emphasizing the healthful and social aspects of cycling. The BLN hosts semiweekly group rides during the spring and summer months and maintains the Clear Bay mountain bike trails at Lake Thunderbird. For more information visit www.bicycleleague.com.
The J. D. McCarty Center is Oklahoma’s center of excellence in the care and treatment of children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 21. This pediatric rehab hospital provides the physical, occupational, speech and language therapy that these children need to reach their highest level of functionality and independence. For more information about the McCarty Center visit www.jdmc.org.
Conquer the hills, conquer the heat
Conquer the hills! Conquer the heat!
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