Ready for a hot Jalapeno 100 ride?

WHAT: JALAPENO 100

WHERE: At Boys and Girls Clubs of Harlingen Main Unit

1209 W. Washington Ave.

WHEN: Feb. 23

TIME: Announcements begin at 7:15

First riders leave at 7:30

COST: $43 for the 12, 25, 50, and 62.5 mile routes

$50 for 100 mile route.

WHERE TO REGISTER: Interested riders can sign up today and tomorrow at Bicycle World in Harlingen from 1 to 6 p.m.

Riders signing up Saturday can do so between 6 and 7 a.m. at the starting line.

BICYCLE WORLD IN HARLINGEN

1113 S. 77 Sunshine Strip

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Bicycle World at 956-423-3168.

The following street closures will occur from 7a.m. to 2 p.m.

1. Fair Park Blvd.

2. W. Washington Ave.

3. N. L ST

4. W. Teege Ave.

By TRAVIS M. WHITEHEAD

Staff Writer

HARLINGEN — There’s still time.

If you want to get in a great bike ride Saturday for a worthy cause, you can still sign up for the Jalapeno 100.

“The turnout has been good,” said Ana Adame, director of operations for Bicycle World, which is coordinating the 29th Annual Jalapeno 100.

Bicycle enthusiasts can take their pick of challenges, riding 12 miles, 25 miles, 50, or 62.5. Or, if they’re up for a really tough route, they can choose the 100-mile ride which will take them from Harlingen to Raymondville, Port Mansfield and back.

Everyone who signs up will be making a donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harlingen.

“The Jalapeno 100 is one of our major fundraisers,” said Gerald Gathright, director of the Clubs in Harlingen.

“It comes at a time of the year which is one of our lower fundraising times,” Gathright said. “It’s a time when we need a special fundraiser.”

Gathright said the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harlingen usually clears $25,000 to $30,000 each year from the Jalapeno 100.

“It really makes a big difference in funding our programs at the five club sites,” he said.

Bicyclists can have a great ride while contributing to a great cause. The turnout shows they know this.

“Right now, our numbers are just a little bit above what we did last year, so things are good,” Adame said. “We do have quite a few out-of-towners, people from Laredo, Corpus Christ, San Antonio. The event attracts between 475 and 800 each year. So far about 470 people have signed up, and 172 of those are 100 milers.
So why would they come from all over the state for this event?

“It’s a flat road route,” said Rick Seija, manager of Bicycle World. “It’s not that hilly, compared to San Antonio, Austin and the Houston area that’s hillier. It’s a nice course.”

Regulars will see some new faces this year, Adame said.

“We have the Wounded Warriors Project that’s coming,” she said. “That’s something new for us this year. They’re bringing 18 people, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of them out there.”