Despite Rally ‘Round Greenville being canceled this year, the 23rd Annual Cotton Patch Challenge bike ride is once again set to bring hundreds of cyclists of all skill levels to Greenville this September.
The annual cycling tour, which has brought thousands of bicycle riders to Hunt County over the past two decades, will be hosted by both the Rotary Club of Greenville and Carevide, a local health center.
Proceeds from the bike ride will be split equally between the two organizations to go toward programs they offer to benefit young people in Hunt County.
The Cotton Patch Challenge caters to beginner and expert cyclists alike, and everyone in between. Cyclists have their choice of six routes, from a family friendly 12-mile course to the expert 74-mile trek. Eight rest stops will be set up to provide riders fluids, fruit, music and refreshing shade.
For advanced and expert riders, the 61-mile and 74-mile routes travel along Highway 69 and feature opportunities to conquer one of the area’s most popular elevations, Bowman’s Mountain and crossing the Two-Mile Bridge over Lake Tawakoni.
The Cotton Patch Challenge is also affiliated with the Greenville Gravel Grinders group, which will provide two off-road gravel rides as part of the event. For the second year in a row, the G3: Greenville Gravel Grinder ride will offer 50k and 100k off-road tours of north Greenville and northern Hunt County.
Gravel bike riding is quickly growing in popularity across the country, and we are thrilled to bring this exhilarating style of cycling to Greenville and Hunt County.
The Greenville Noon Rotary Club has been partnered with the Cotton Patch Challenge bike ride since its very beginning 23 years ago as the brainchild of the Greenville Area Social Pedalists (GASP) biking club, as a way to raise funds for youth programs in the area.
“The Rotary Club of Greenville has a long history of supporting area youth through local programs and sponsorships, and we’re particularly proud of our work providing numerous scholarships to the youth of Hunt County,” said Rotary Club President Katy Ridge. “The Cotton Patch Challenge plays a major role in our ability to enrich the lives of future generations through higher education.”
The event’s other host, Carevide, is a local non-profit health center locations serving medical, dental, pediatric and women’s health needs.
Often touting their commitment to the mission of improving the health and lives of those they serve in the community, the team at Carevide values promoting a healthy lifestyle through the Cotton Patch Challenge bike ride.
“Over the years, the Cotton Patch Challenge event has showcased the best of Hunt County while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, benefitting area youth,” said Carevide CEO Michelle Carter. “As an organization rooted in communities, this event is a perfect channel for us to promote healthy, invigorating lifestyles throughout the Hunt County service area.”
The 2019 Cotton Patch Challenge will have Donaghe Buick GMC – formerly Southwest Buick GMC – as its title sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.
“We value our partnership with the Cotton Patch Challenge bike ride because it’s the rare kind of event that brings hundreds of folks from outside of our area together to support a great local cause,” said Donaghe Buick GMC Sales Manager Justin Rudd. “It’s our chance to show off the best of our community, and that’s why we’re proud to sponsor this great event each year.”
The 23rd Annual Cotton Patch Challenge is scheduled for Sept. 21, with riders leaving the starting line at 8 a.m., start in downtown Greenville.