By Lauren Cabral
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE - The 2011 Cove House Classic Bike Tour will give cyclists five routes to ride through Copperas Cove and Coryell County Saturday to help raise funds for Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter.
The ride is set for 8 a.m. and open to avid and novice bikers.
Matt Moore, a Cove House board member and associate pastor of discipleship at First Baptist Church, said participants can 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.
"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, the latter of which the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce helps provide.
"Some people who are new to riding find it a nice challenge for them," said Chamber Vice President Betty Price. She added more experienced riders are 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," she said.
Benjamin Tindall, Cove House executive director, said the event also could serve as preparation for the Hotter'N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls 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, which he looks 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.
"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."