The 17th Annual Burleson Honey Tour Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, May 23rd with routes of 67, 46 and 30 Miles with rest stops every ten miles and a 7 Mile Route with its own mid-point rest stop to serve beginners or families with younger riders.
Organized by the Burleson Chamber, Honey Tour participation has grown significantly the last few years, with 1,500 riders in 2014.
“An event this significant can only take place thanks to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers,” says Sherri Sechrist, Chamber president. “Riders come from nearly every city in the Dallas/Fort Worth area,” says Chamber President Sherri Sechrist. “But last year, riders from Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Abilene, Houston and many more cities showed up. It’s fun to meet riders from every corner of Texas!”
Residents of Burleson are asked to please be aware of the hundreds of riders who will descend on our city, Saturday, May 23rd. Riders depart from Burleson Centennial High School and make their way down Hidden Creek, returning between 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM on Renfro. There are four routes from 7 Miles, 30 Miles, 46 Miles and 67 Miles. The longer routes take rides through scenic Johnson County scenery to Alvarado and Grandview and back to Burleson.
Please use caution when driving in our city on May 23rd and 24th and make these visiting bicyclist feel welcome.
If you are interested in riding one of the four routes, you can sign up the morning of the ride. Registration for the 2015 Honey Tour opens at 6:30 AM on May 23rd. The cost is $35 per rider, and includes great rest stops with food and friendly volunteers, lunch following the ride at Centennial and a 2015 Honey Tour T-Shirt.
Riders from all over the state of Texas participate in the Honey Tour Bike Ride. This year, the Chamber is working to attract more overnight visitors to the area in conjunction with the Honey Tour Bike Ride. A new second day ride, the Sunday Fun Day Ride will take place on May 24th for Honey Tour participants. An 18.5 Mile route with rest stops offered by Lost Oak Winery and Jellystone Park at Rustic Creek Ranch, the ride is free to Honey Tour Bike Ride participants and departs Old Town at 10:00 AM from the Vera Calvin Plaza.
Riders and the community can also take in Wine, Art & Jazz at Lost Oak Winery on Friday evening, May 22, featuring Lost Oak wines, food vendors and local artist. Or, Saturday evening following the rider, the community and riders can enjoy a Bob Wills-styled Western Swing Concert at Russell Farm Art Center on Saturday evening, produced by Twin Fiddle Productions.
A portion of the Honey Tour proceeds benefits “BTHere4Bikes,” encouraging good attendance with bikes and helmets for great BISD students.
The Honey Tour is made possible through the sponsorship of local merchants. The 2015 Title Sponsor is H-E-B, and, because of the ride’s significance to local tourism, is also made possible in part through a grant from the City of Burleson.
“Despite the recent rains, we are still expecting a great turnout,” says Sechrist. “We already have 700 riders pre-registered to attend and – unless the ride is called due to high winds or lightening – we will go on, rain or shine! Called ‘one of the most beautiful North Texas bike rides’ by The Racing Post, a Texas cycling magazine, the Honey Tour Bike Ride is a ‘don’t miss’ event for Texas cyclists and our city.”