Registration is open now for the annual Cove Classic Bike Tour taking place Saturday, Aug. 18.
All proceeds of the tour will benefit Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter Inc., which uses the funds to stock its food bank and pay bills.
Ben Tindall, director of Cove House, stressed that the event is a ride, not a race.
"There are different lengths depending on how far an individual is interested in riding and on how bold and brave you are," he said.
Riders may choose between 10-, 26-, 42-, 50- and 63-mile routes to ride, all starting from the First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove, on Avenue B.
"It follows major roads, depending on length," said Tindall. "You can go up to Topsey and come back around. The longest goes from First Baptist to Gatesville and back."
Matt Moore, a member of the Cove House board of directors, said the variety of lengths mean the race has something to offer a variety of riders.
"It's a tour, not a race. It's not competitive, it's just an opportunity to get out and have some fun. Enjoy the scenery, enjoy the ride," he said. "Some people are avid riders involved in the local bike club. Others are just locals in our community who want to support Cove House."
The shelter's annual fundraiser's fees are $25 for a single rider and $40 for a tandem team.
"Normally, it raises between $3,000 and $5,000," said Moore. "It also generates awareness and leads some people to participate as volunteers in the ministries of Cove House."
Bicyclists may register for the ride through the Cove House website, but many sign up on-site the day of the event, which starts at 8 a.m.
"So far the response has been encouraging," said Tindall. "We encourage individuals to get there early to register and get the T-shirts and information and gifts we provide. We appreciate those who have signed up already."
Anywhere from 120 to 300 riders have participated in past rides, and there is no cap to the number of individuals who may participate.
For information or to register, visit covehouse.org/cove-house-events/2012-cove-house-classic-bike-tour.
Contact Audrey Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7476.
If You Go
The annual Cove Classic Bike Tour starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 18 starting at First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove, 300 W. Avenue B.
Participants must register either online through the Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter Inc. website, covehouse.org, or in person on the day of the event. Registration fees are $25 for an individual and $40 for a tandem team. All proceeds go to support Cove House.