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Endurance Bike Race - Hotter'N Hell Hundred

Would You Ride 100 Miles in 100-Degree Heat in One Day?

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The start of a Hotter'N Hell 100 endurance bike race

The start of a Hotter'N Hell 100 endurance bike race

Photo courtesy of Hotter'N Hell 100
During last year's Hotter'N Hell Hundred Bike Race (HHH), some 13,000 people signed up to ride 100 miles in 100-degree heat! This endurance bike race is the focal point of a four-day event that now attracts even more watchers than bicyclists. In addition to the Hotter'N Hell Hundred, there is a USA Cycling Road Race and a USA Cycling Criterium.

Around the races, there's a party. People gravitate to the Finish Line Village, filled with food and entertainment venues. They gather around the stage for live music, or wander through the Consumer Show where some 90 vendors offer all sorts of cycling related products.

Tough Enough to Endure the Triple Threat - The Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Races?

If you're really into endurance races, both on a bicycle and on foot, consider challenging yourself with the Triple Threat:Wee-Chi-Tah Mountain Bike Races & Trail Runs + 100 Mile Endurance Ride. To claim honors, during the HHH weekend, you must race the off-road Wee-Chi-Tah Mountain mountain-bike race on Friday evening, August 24, ride or race your road bike on the Hotter'N Hell 100 mile course on Saturday. Plus, you have to run the half marathon on the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail on Sunday morning, August 26. The HHH's off-road mountain bike race, has been voted the best urban off-road trail in the state of Texas.

History of the HHH Cycling Race

Hotter'N Hell was started when the folks in Wichita Falls were seeking a way to help this Texas city celebrate its centennial and honor the tenacious spirit of its first settlers. One of the event founders, Roby Christie of the Wichita Falls Bicycle Club, proposed the bicycle ride idea - 100 miles in 100-degree heat to celebrate 100 years.

During the first HHH, 31 years ago, 1,200 riders entered this endurance cycling race and at the time it was the largest single-day 100-mile ride in the nation. When the Hotter'N Hell Hundred celebrated its 30th annual ride in 2011, the event had grown dramatically, with so many registered racers and the thousands more who came to watch. The sideshow, around the race, was the largest Consumer Show and Finish Line Village in the history of the HHH.

Details to Ride or Watch the Hotter'N Hell Hundred Bike Race

In 2012, the HHH Endurance Ride starts about 7 a.m., the official sun-rise time, on Saturday, Aug. 25. The USA Cycling Road Race is also on Saturday Aug. 25, but the USA Cycling Criterium racing is on Friday.

Check the Hotter'N Hell Web site for more details and dates for races in future years. To register for the Triple Threat, go to BikeReg.com.

Wichita Falls is in the Panhandle Plains region of North Central Texas. For more information about the city, and links to lodging during the Hotter'N Hell event, visit Wichita Falls.

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