Months of work, planning and training paid off Saturday morning. The 30th Annual Hotter 'N Hell Hundred kicked off – true to its name. Around 14,000 riders took part in the events. All of them went head to head with the grueling heat.
The morning started off in the upper 70's. "It actually felt cool to get out there get a little sweat on you with the wind blowing through your shirt," said Iowa Park cyclist Gary Bradford. "It started out ok... but about the time we got to the Air Force Base it got really hot," recounted Arlington resident Lynette Falck.
Many people came in from near and far for the event. "Its been one of our yearly things we look forward to," said Glenn Watson. Watson rode the 25mi course. "It was good up until it started getting warm then it started living up to its name," he chuckled.
Riders started early this year due to the heat. Many of the advanced riders made the 100 mile trip with few pit stops.
Once back, they all enjoyed the tradition of Finishline Village, where crowds of spectators cheered for them and welcomed them back. They were able to get a cool drink and first aid. It also provided a great venue for riders to recount the epic journey."The ride was pretty good," said Bradford. "Its really an experience," Watson exclaimed.
The ride took a lot out of cyclists. For Lynette Falck, the 25 mile race she rode was the longest ride she has attempted. She was happy with her accomplishment. "I made it!" she exclaimed "… and a few bottles of water later, I'm okay," said Falck.
By afternoon temps had reached the 100-degree mark. Making the Hotter 'N Hell live up to its name and legend.