WICHITA FALLS, TX - The city of Seymour is getting ready for the Wild Pig Pedal bike race on Saturday and they are expecting huge crowds. Organizers said they hope to see more than just riders.
It all began with James Standlee and his passion for riding bikes.
"Well I started riding bikes about 10 years ago," said Standlee.
In the last decade, he has taken part in several bike rides, including the Hotter'N Hell Hundred.
Eight years ago, Standlee pitched the idea of a race to the Seymour Chamber of Commerce. Members thought it was a great idea and that is how the annual event was born.
The race includes four different routes ranging from eight to 62 miles. Since then the number of cyclists taking part in the race has grown.
One cyclist taking part for the first time is Melody Hrncirik.
"I've always been a runner and running is not really easy on you," said Hrncirik. "So, I decided to go another route and try bicycling."
This ride can be used as another form of training for racers getting ready for longer distance rides.
"I always like to go on several rides before to prepare and get myself in shape for different distances and this is a great ride to do that," said Standlee.
Virginia Stanlee is a five-year chamber of commerce member and is happy to see events like this bring more people into the city she has grown to love.
"The people here are so great so friendly and so supportive," said Stanlee. "Bringing people in we get to share our great little town with them."
One thing Standlee wants to see at this race is more bikers.
"We'll never be the Hotter'N Hell. But we just like to see it grow and get more people involved," said Standlee.
If you still want to register for the race, you can do so on Saturday morning at the city park in Seymour. Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. and the race at 8:00 a.m. at the park at 100 Memorial Drive.