The thirty - fifth (35th) Oklahoma Free Wheel - Oklahoma's Main Bicycle Touring Event - This year's event starts in Idabel, Oklahoma and ends in Joplin, Missouri. The Oklahoma 2013 FreeWheel is scheduled to begin June 9, 2013 and ending June 15th in Joplin. Nightly stops are at Antlers, Talihina, Warner, Tahlequah, Pryor and Miami. Cyclists can sign up for half the week or the entire week. The Freewheel experience of about 500 miles cycled in in seven days, June 9 - 15. The longest day will be 100 miles from Tahlequah to Pryor on June 13th, the fifth day.
Buses are already full for those that need to travel from from the northeastern part of Oklahoma to the starting point at Idabel. They have been booked since May.
This annual event is to promote cycling in Oklahoma and also to highlight some of Oklahoma's rural communities and wonderful people.
Special Rider services are available, including tent rental, chairs, towels, even a massage! There are even themed days with one day being Crazy Day, one is Club Jersey Day, and Flag Day.
These are some of the sounds that you can enjoy in Southeast Oklahoma, brought to you by Integrity Real Estate Services, Idabel, Oklahoma, Judi Barrett, broker.
From the FreeWheel Website:
"FreeWheel is Oklahoma’s premier bicycle touring event.
Historically the first or second full week in June, Freewheel is a week-long (Sunday through Saturday) bicycle tour.
The route changes each year, but typically begins near the Red River, Oklahoma’s southern border with Texas, and travels north to end just across the Kansas state line.
Distances traveled each day can vary from 50 to 75 miles, with an average in the mid 60′s. There are usually a few 100 mile (century) options offered during the week as well.
Participants camp in rural communities and their gear is transported via semi truck while they ride to the next site. Mechanical, SAG, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol support is provided along every inch of each day’s marked route (excluding the optional Day 0).
Our hospitable host communities provide entertainment and food for riders each day, as well as information about all the sites to see at that particular day’s town.
For more details you can reference the “Rider Info” section of this website. If there are questions that you can’t find the answer to, feel free to contact us!" Read more...
If you can ride a bike :) and want to join in, check it out!