By Lauren Cabral

The Cove Herald

Registration is open for the 2011 Cove House Classic Bike Tour, set for 8 a.m. Aug. 20, where avid and novice bikers alike can pedal one of five routes to raise funds for the Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter.

Matt Moore, a Cove House board member and associate pastor of discipleship at First Baptist Church, said participants may choose to ride one of the 10-, 26-, 42-, 50- or 63-mile routes, all of which start at First Baptist Church on West Avenue B and continue west on Farm-to-Market 1113.

Registration is $25 for single riders and $40 for tandem riders. Participants may register online at or, or the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m.

"It's a fun way to support a local organization and get some good exercise," Moore said.

Participants will receive T-shirts and goody bags for their efforts, the latter of which the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce helps provide. Chamber Vice President Betty Price said chamber representatives will be at the race to cheer on riders as well.

"Some people who are new to riding find it a nice challenge for them," she said of the Classic, and added more experienced riders were always happy to share their biking knowledge.

Price said another benefit of participating is the scenery of the county roads surrounding Copperas Cove.

"One of the great benefits of riding in our area is the terrain that we have. There are nice rolling hills, flat stretches and some great scenery."

Benjamin Tindall, Cove House executive director, said the event also could serve as preparation for the Hotter'N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls on Aug. 25-28, which features a 100-mile bike ride and other challenging biking and running events.

"It'll get you ready for that longer race," Tindall said of the Classic. "We still have some rather lengthy rides in there if you are a glutton for punishment and want to tackle it."

As for Tindall, he said he'll stick to doing the 10-mile route at the Classic, which he looked forward to.

Proceeds from the event will go to the shelter, Tindall said, and are needed for the food bank at Cove House, which tends to get a limited supply from the Capital Area Food Bank during the fall months.

He added First Baptist Church has been working with area bike shops and bike communities to spread the word about the ride, and has tried to advertise it through the website to draw riders from as far away as Dallas and Houston.

"The goal is to create awareness and understanding of Cove House and what the ministry is," he said. "We're looking forward to as many people coming out as possible."

Contact Lauren Cabral at or (254) 501-7476.

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