Herald/TJ MAXWELL Riders speed down a hill on Farm-to-market 1113 during the Copperas Cove Classic bike tour in Copperas Cove on Saturday, August 18. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter.

COPPERAS COVE — Kickstands go up for the Cove House Classic Bike Tour at 8 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in an effort to raise money for Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter.

“The Cove House Classic has been one of our main annual fundraisers,” said Benjamin Tindall, Cove House executive director.

Courses for the ride range from 10 to 63 miles, which can take riders as far as Gatesville and back to Copperas Cove. The various lengths make the event a family-friendly challenge but still manage to draw more serious cyclists to the community, too, Tindall said.

“It is just a fun way to spend a Saturday morning, and they are supporting a good cause by doing it,” he said. “It is family oriented, and no matter what caliber of rider you are, you can come out and enjoy the ride with your family.”

Average attendance for the annual event is between 150 and 250 cyclists with participants coming from all over the state.

By charging riders, Cove House, a nonprofit homeless shelter and food pantry, generates revenue to support its operations. About $2,500 to $3,000 is usually raised for the shelter, Tindall said.

“We hope to meet and exceed that number this year,” he said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474

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