Final preps are underway for the 30th Annual Hotter 'N Hell Hundred. There's a lot to do to make sure the race runs like a well-oiled machine (or bicycle). Most of the activity was centered around the MPEC.
At the MPEC, the trade show opened doors to visitors, and vendors were set up. Around back, crews put the finishing touches on Finishline Village.
A lot of the prep work was centered around the Hotter 'N Hell building on Scott. Organizers were getting supplies ready to go out to the rest stops. "We're getting all the supplies over to the National Guard Armory where we actually distribute them," explained Rest Stop Coordinator Dail Neely.
There is a lot to get out. The 2500 volunteers that staff rest stops will use 100,000 cups to hydrate riders.
Riders were also gearing up. Texoma Cycling Center bicycle techs were busy with people wanting checkups. Among them was mountain bike racer Brian Thio. "I brought my bike in to get it checked out and have some last minute tune ups to it, getting the gears adjusted, fine tuned, that kind of thing," he said.
He's also preparing his body and mind for the race. "I've been hydrating a lot and I'm going to ride the course this evening real slow just to check the course out and see what the conditions are. Its to see if its real loose or a little bit more hard pack. That will help me decide what PSI to run my tires at," he explained.
Race leaders still have a checklist to accomplish. Friday, they plan to mark the route for the 10K course.