Preparing for the Challenge

The Hahn Family make final preparations for the Cotton Patch Challenge.
The Hahn Family make final preparations for the Cotton Patch Challenge.

Kevin and Sandy Hahn are bicyclist that call Lewisville, Texas home.  They have decided to take the Cotton Patch Challenge Tour.  The Hahn’s are carefully going over everything that can go wrong; checking spokes, air pressure, seats and bicycle frames for one of five routes.  The routes are on US and State Highways through Celeste and Leonard to Bailey and Gober then down through Wolfe City.  The marked routes are as short as 21 miles while the longest route is 63 miles.

Members of the community and the Sabine Valley Armature Radio Club are manning six rest stops in two counties.  Personnel are available from cycling centers in Dallas, Plano, Frisco and Rockwall to make minor repairs at the rest stops.  The “ham” radio operators relay important messages back to the starting point because cell phones do not always work away from the main highways.

The Cotton Patch Challenge has been a popular ride for many years because of the safe and scenic course.  There are sections of Highway 69 and 34 where riders must ride single file due to cracks in the highway and the fact that they are sharing the road with 18-wheeled trucks.

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