Bike riders gear up for HHH


WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - As Texoma heats, up so is the training for this year's Hotter 'N Hell Hundred.

On Monday, more than 40 bike riders hit the streets of Wichita Falls to gear up for the big race.

Everyone from pros to newbies came out to get some tips from those who work with Endurance House.

Mark Pinson, the owner of Endurance House, said anybody who has a bike and a helmet is encouraged to come out to these sessions, like mother-daughter duo Trish McCormick and Cheyenne Key.

"I'm a very new bike rider," said McCormick. "I probably haven't ridden five times in my life."

This will be her first Triple H.  She is taking on the 25-mile stretch.

Her daughter, on the other hand, has some miles on her bike.

"I usually ride about 150 miles a week," said Key. "So, I signed up for a hundred, but my main goal is to come out just to support her."

They said it is a good way to get in some mother-daughter time.

"It is," said McCormick. "Except I can't keep up with her."

Pinson said these rides will get her where she needs to be to take on the heat and HHH and maybe even her daughter. 

"Riding in groups like this teaching people is important because in the Hotter 'N Hell, they travel in big packs," he said.

They discussed tactics, how to ride, and road and cycling etiquette.

However, it is not just about getting in some practice.
Denis Mathews is from Quanah and said he and his wife have ridden HHH for the last 8 years.

"It's more fun as a group instead of riding by yourself all the time," said Matthews.

There will be three sessions every week that will all start in downtown Wichita Falls.

Training rides will be every Monday and Wednesday night and Saturday mornings.

Monday: 6 p.m. at Hook and Ladder Co. Coffee, 616 7th St.

Wednesday: 6 p.m. at Wichita Falls Brewery, 701 Indiana Ave.

Saturday: 9 a.m. at Odd Duck Coffee Roastery, 717 7th St.

Each week, the mileage will ramp up.

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