By Audrey Spencer
The Cove Herald
Bike/Run Central Texas staff and volunteers were commended by the Texas Senate last week for their dedication and commitment to fitness and for supporting the nation's wounded warriors.
The proclamation, written by state Sen. Brian Birdwell, recognized Copperas Cove's "exceptional hospitality to bicyclists" and Bike/Run Central Texas for "making the Copperas Cove area one of the leading centers for
bicycle racing in the nation."
The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce works with Bike/Run to promote races, plan routes and provide volunteers for the events, said Marty Smith, president of the chamber.
The chamber also helps Bike/Run host events such as the Tough Cookie Duathlon in April, Cove Classic Bike Rally in August and the Fort Hood Challenge in September.
"Each city has something for tourism, and one of the things Copperas Cove will be known for is bike friendliness," said Betty Price, vice president of the chamber.
Ben Stratmann, communications director for Birdwell, said the proclamation was about the city being a leader of bicycling in the nation and praising its work with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Bike/Run hosts two bike fests as part of the Wounded Warrior Project in conjunction with World Team Sports and Fort Hood, Smith said.
Last weekend, the chamber hosted the Fort Hood Challenge, a two-day state championship bike race.
"We have top racers from all over - people from Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana and all over Texas," Smith said. "It's on a closed course, and racers just love that."
About 750 cyclists participated, with a total of 1,200 people attending the event, Smith said.
The proclamation was a sort of pat on the back to the city for its efforts to make bicyclists feel at home.
"I had to tell them why we deserve it. I wrote to the senator to tell him all we do," Smith said. "This means we've worked hard."
There are at least 25 bicycle routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles long that start or end in the Copperas Cove area, according to http://copperascove.com/bike-run.
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