When I lived in the Dallas during the late 80’s and all the 90’s, I would often take part in the charity cycling rides that seem to be in great abundance. Just about every suburb had their own sportive event that were fun and challenging. As my circumstances changed, I moved back to the Valley and found little to none in the way of those same events. Maybe I wasn’t aware of them or the word didn’t spread as they do now with high-speed Internet. Never-the-less, I didn’t participate in any nor was I aware of any. That was then, this is now. Now days, there is an over abundance sportive events to choose from. Not just cycling, but mountain biking, marathons, duathlons, triathlons and various fun runs.
I started running through the list of road biking events that I’ve participated in and those that I didn’t. Here is what I came up with (the help of my friends):
- January – Keep McAllen Beautiful Arbor Day Cycling Tour & Criterium
- February – Jalapeno 100
- March – Oblate Trail Ride
- March – Bike to the Beach
- April – Walk n Rolla
- May – Pedal to Padre
- June – SB250
- July – Freedom Ride
- August – Pedal Against Crime
- September – King of the Causeway
- October – Breast Cancer Awareness Ride (Oncology Ride)
- November – Pedal Against Child Abuse
- December – Pico de Gallo 100
- December – Toys for Tots Ride
One or two of them seems to have been a one-time event but I included them anyways. As you can see, there is an event for every month in the year. The Valley’s mild winters allows us to pretty much cycle all year round. Add some mountain bike events, time trials and personal tours the Valley has really come a long way in providing venues for cycling and the fitness benefits that go along with it.
This is only the cycling part of outdoor activities. Cycling is not your thing? Not to worry, we got you covered with hunting, fishing, birdwatching, skeet shooting, archery, softball, tennis, golf, marathons, duathlons, triathlon, the many 3k-10k runs and turkey trots. They Valley has something for everyone. It’s not slowing down either. More and more people are taking up one, two or even three sports. Businesses are sprouting up to support the sports and the market is maturing. More work needs to be done on safe roads, education and enforcement. Times have changed here in the Rio Grande Valley and I love it.