The 2015 Burleson Honey Tour Bike Ride rode off into history as another successful event! We dodged the bad weather with only a few light showers on Saturday, May 23rd. Now in its 17th year, we had nearly 1,100 bicyclists register for the 2015 Honey Tour.
Thanks to Mayor Ken Shetter for welcoming all our riders and one “celebrity,” cycling enthusiast and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Please be sure to check out the list of ride sponsors below who make this ride possible, starting with Title Sponsor H-E-B. The ride ran smoothly from start to finish thanks to nearly 175 volunteers. We also appreciate the BISD and their staff; Centennial High School is the perfect place to start and end a bike ride of this magnitude.
Considered one of the most beautiful Bicycle Rides in North Texas , riders had rave reviews. Said one rider: “The Burleson Honey Tour was great! Super job by the Chamber and so many helpful volunteers. Not even a little rain could put a damper on 1,100 cyclists!” Another rider commented: “Fantastic job! The 67 mile route was extremely well thought out. Beautiful ride!” Over and over, riders comment on the friendliness of our volunteers and city and about the beautiful ride through Johnson County.
Following the Ride, participants enjoyed lunch sponsored by H-E-B; Tabitha Guess and her H-E-B team were in full force greeting and feeding riders all day! Kurt Jaeger of City Market headed up a cooking team that grilled nearly 500 pounds of chicken, a new addition to the Honey Tour festivities.
Two lucky riders enjoyed more than the ride. Cynthia Chacon of Arlington won the beautiful 18K gold and diamond bicycle pendant donated by Woolard’s Custom Jewelers. David Terrell of Allen won a Giant© Bicycle donated by our own Old Town bike shop, Spokes Bicycles and Service. Both winners were first time Honey Tour riders.
Thanks to Lost Oak Winery for hosting Wine, Art & Jazz the evening before the ride, and to Comfort Suites Inn for hosting a Rider Package Pick-Up on Friday night. The weather forced the cancellation of Fiddles on Wheels at Russell Farm Art Center, produced by Twin Fiddle Productions – watch for the rescheduled event this summer. The Chamber’s first ever “Sunday Fun Day Ride” also fell victim to the rainy weather.
Ride organizers Bobby and Caryl Woolard, Linda Molina and your Chamber team are already planning for an even bigger and better Honey Tour Bike Ride in 2016! Let us know if you want to be involved in this signature Chamber and Community event.
Thanks to the riders, our city, our sponsors and our volunteers for making 2015 a Great Ride!