Tour of the Wichitas scheduled Saturday
Bright green grass and trees will greet riders who take to the roads Saturday for the Tour of the Wichitas, which is made popular by the beautiful scenery on Fort Sill and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuges.
The organizers have seen their event grow in recent years because they were receptive to change, especially when it comes to safety. No longer do riders have to compete with vehicles on the crowded streets of Lawton as the event starts on Fort Sill at the Polo Field which allows riders to not only enjoy of the history of the post but to avoid busy city traffic.
Last year the riders who took part made special mention of that major change and the organizers made sure to keep the same basic routes, tweaking them here and there to make for a better ride.
This year's event will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and there is still plenty of time to become a part of the event, not just as a spectator but as a competitor.
Those who have pre-registered, or will do so during the week, can pick up their race packets beginning at 7 a.m. at the Polo Club on Grubber Road. Entry fee is now $30 since the pre-registration date has passed. Those who want to register Saturday morning should arrive at 7 a.m. to make sure they have time to pay their fees and get warmed up before the massed start.
The ride through Fort Sill and the Wichita Mountains will feature distances of 17.5 (Yellow), 32 (Red), 42 (Blue), or 50 (Green) miles. However, organizers reserve the right to change the distances depending on weather factors on race day.
The Yellow Route will be entirely within the boundaries of Fort Sill.From the Polo Field you will go south then around the north side of Henry Post Airfield, then south to Moway Road. Then the route goes to Tower Two road and north to Ketch HillRoad and back toward Apache Gate and then by the Fort SillGolf Club and then the finish line.
The Red Route also keeps riders entirely onFort Sill, but after going south they will hit McKenzie Hill Road and go all the way west to Blue Beaver Road and then north.
Then riders go back east past LETRA and then will follow the same route as the Yellow riders will take to the finish.