Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

October 22, 2013

Crazy Kicker off to a cool start

Mineral Wells Index

— By Libby Cluett

Brisk, cold weather seemed to encourage cyclists to roll on out of West City Park Saturday morning in the 10th Crazy Kicker Bike Ride.

But the unique touches – being serenaded by Elvis tribute artists Elvis Bunnell – appeared to have them leaving happy.

According to ride coordinator Lyn Butcher, numbers were low this year, with about 200 cyclists showing up in the cold weather for the ride. From in front of the American Legion building, riders headed off for distances, ranging from 22 miles to 100 miles.

When they returned warmed up, “They went on and on about how pretty our county is,” Butcher said, adding, “This was the first time I heard riders talk about the courteous drivers.”

“It was a totally safe ride this year,” she said.

She noted that, this year, the Texas Department of Public Safety designated a trooper to patrol the Brazos River bridge area on U.S. Highway 180, mostly as a presence for cars to slow down coming from the west.

“Mineral Wells police always come through, helping with the start of the ride and the left-hand turn to get back in the park,” Butcher added.

The Kiwanis Club of Mineral Wells uses the proceeds solely on Palo Pinto County youth, including scholarships, according to Butcher. In fact, she said the club is actively seeking new members and said for anyone interested to call 940-682-8451. She said Kiwanis Club meets the first and third Tuesday, at noon, at Holiday Hills Country Club.