NORMAN — 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 July 12. The Norman Conquest was named one of the 50 best rides in America by Bicycling Magazine in the September 2012 issue.
Proceeds from the event will 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 the event. Register online by going to active.com; or register the evening of July 11 from 5-9 p.m. at O’Connell’s Irish Pub, 769 Asp Ave. Individuals can register at the J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson St., the morning of the ride from 5:30-6:45. Registration forms and checks can be mailed 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.
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.