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Racers Rally At Lake Bryan

By: Kristen Ross
By: Kristen Ross

More than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate in this year's BTU Power Pedal Races.

In addition to blazing some of the most challenging trails in the Brazos Valley, racers will also have a chance to compete for several prizes.

"For the road races, there are $3,000 worth of prize purses, medals, and championship jerseys," said BTU event coordinator Paul Hora. "For the mountain biking, there are $5,000 worth of awards, raffle prizes and merchandise going to the top competitors in each category."

The event will be held on several of Lake Bryan's off-road courses. Hora feels the trails are one of Bryan's best kept secrets.

"People are constantly driving to Austin, Huntsville or Houston to ride trails like this and we have these trails right here in the Brazos Valley," Hora said. "So there is a great amenity and a great resource for people to get outside and be active and ride their mountain bikes on the trail."

The trails vary in terrain and offer a varity of things to encounter.The event is part of BTU's Public Power Week observance. It follows a week, which many Bryan/College Station residents found themselves without power Tuesday night due to a massive blackout.

"The week that we had is an example of how public power really works hard at the local level to provide a good quality service for their customers and in a situation where we faced a catastrophic event," said Hora. "The different public power entities were able to pull their resources together and get the electricity back on very quickly for all the residents in Bryan/College Station and surrounding areas."


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