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Hotter'N Hell: Riders Could Lack a Place to Stay

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Some Hotter'N Hell participants may not have a place to stay for the annual bike race.

They train year round, endure the hottest conditions -- all to ride in the Hotter N' Hell Hundred, but now one Wichita Falls hotel closure could prevent some cyclist from riding in the annual event.   

"My husband has been a bike rider for about twenty years and decided to start doing the Hotter ‘N hell about ten years ago."

Chris Lavers and husband Bryan of Katy, Texas drive every single year in August to Wichita Falls, to join more than 11,000 cyclists’ downtown for The Falls preeminent bike race.

Most participants who attend the event come faithfully, making reservations for hotels hard to come by. An experience the Lavers learned from their first time around.

"The first year, we couldn't get into the Howard Johnson Hotel, but we were able to get in the second year, and prepaid our reservation after that," said Lavers.

Newschannel 6 first reported the Howard Johnson Hotel now; The Grand Hotel closed its doors back in December. After failing to meet health code inspections and letting its lodging permit expire.

Despite its closure, the hotel did not notify any of its guests who already made reservations.

"We were in shock, because right now we don't have anywhere to stay and we don't want to put out another five hundred dollars," Lavers.

The Lavers were not alone. Many other Hotter’N Hell participants also were informed of the hotel’s closure and were seeking answers.

"Over the past couple of weeks we have been getting phone calls and emails from our riders that have paid reservations at the grand hotel,” said Chip Filer, Director of Hotter’N Hell.

He says it is a very unfortunate situation for riders who pre-paid for reservations at the hotel and says they’ve also been working to contact hotel management.

"We called someone over there and we weren't able to contact anyone," said Filer.

Newschannel 6 also reached out to the hotel, but did not seek any response. The phone number posted online is now disconnected, leaving many potential guests in desperate need of answers.

"We decided the best thing to do is put the information out there to the hotter n hell ridership,” said Filer.

Hotter’N Hell has posted a note on its website notifying riders of the hotels negligence to inform them of its closure and to seek refund for reservation pre-paid. Also, if you would like to be a host family, visit website.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6