COPPERAS COVE — Nearly 150 cyclists hit the road Saturday to raise money for Cove House.
The Cove House Classic is the second largest fundraiser for the nonprofit, bringing in more than $3,500 this year, said Matt Moore, race director and board member. This was the 14th year to host the event.
Ben Tindall, Cove House director, said the money will go to support the ministry’s food bank, emergency shelter and free clinic.
“We’ve been able to expand our services ... which means fundraising is a lot more important,” he said. “Events like this play a key role to provide services this community really counts on.”
Brigette Sparks said she’s participated in the ride for about eight years as a way to give, but also because she enjoys the route.
“It’s really hilly,” said the Harker Heights resident, who rode 50 miles in the classic on a tandem bike with her husband.
Participants could choose to ride between 10 and 63 miles through Copperas Cove, beginning and ending at First Baptist Church on Avenue B.
She said she particularly enjoys riding along the country roads of the route.
“It’s a good taste of Texas ... with cows and big birds. I should have taken pictures,” Sparks said. “The roads overall were really nice. Not too much traffic.”
So far this year, Cove House has seen 180 residents in its emergency shelter, including 38 veterans and 37 families, Tindall said.
“We are so grateful for those that come out,” he said of the cyclists. “Many of them are repeat supporters ... and we appreciate their loyalty and continued support.”