Cyclists ride in the Fort Hood Challenge two-day championship competition Saturday on Elijah Road on post.

FORT HOOD — A record-breaking 850 riders raced in the The Fort Hood Challenge two-day championship cycling competition Saturday.

Professional-level racers circled a closed-course 33-mile loop three times for a nearly 100-mile competition. There were many categories and lengths for participants, who ranged in age from 10 to 70.

The event also featured a free active-duty military competition Saturday that drew 16 participants. Copperas Cove has hosted the race for more than a decade, including the last five years after the race moved on post. The only access point to the race is through Copperas Cove on North Farm-to-Market Road 116.

“This event gives our community great exposure,” said Betty Price, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce president. “When people come into the area for this event they stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores, so this event is a big source of revenue for us.”

Vanessa Lynch

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