Hollinger said there has been bicycle racing in the county for at least 10 years. He noted that this is the fourth year Team Bicycles Inc. has conducted a local stage race.
On Sunday, the race will stage at the Graford High School gymnasium. They will get a slow rolling start along Division St. and begin racing once they turn south on SH 337 to SH 254, where they will turn west. The race route continues onto SH 16 North, and travels to SH 337, and makes a second or (in a few cases) third loop.
Racers are expected in the Graford area, including the race route, between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Drivers are asked to take alternate routes or be patient with the race.
Sunday's race will be aided by 15 law enforcement officers, mostly from the Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Office, and at least one constable, to help ensure the safety of riders.
Officers will provide rolling enclosures for the racers along the Graford race route. The enclosure includes a sheriff's vehicle leading and one following the race heats.
If encountering a rolling enclosure from behind on any leg of the race, drivers must wait and will not be allowed to pass.
Any motorist who approaches a rolling enclosure traveling toward them, mainly on SH 254, is asked to pull over to the side of the road and stop; the group will pass quickly.
According to a PPCSO spokesperson, in the years they have been assisting with the race, there has been minimal conflict with traffic and minimal interruption to local residents.
For more information on the Iris Stagner Memorial Stage Race, visit www.teambicyclesinc.org/MWTT09.htm.