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Cyclists to ‘Conquer the Coast’ for the seventh year in a row
Jul 09, 2010 | 744 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORPUS CHRISTI – Training and preparations are underway for the 7th annual Conquer the Coast cycling event, this year paying homage to Texas icon Nolan Ryan.

The event will take place Friday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 25. Riders have a choice to take a short 25-mile cruise along the Corpus Christi shoreline or ride the 65-mile course that will take them along the scenic views of the Coastal Bend, possibly including dolphin sightings.

New this year is also a shorter, 10-mile cruise designed for beginner and younger riders, that will follow the same route as the 25-mile ride along Shoreline and Ocean Drive.

The event will also give riders an opportunity to own a keepsake from this year’s ride, a commemorative Nolan Ryan number “34” rider jersey that honors the Hall of Fame pitcher’s record of seven no-hitters during his 27-year major league career.

The connection to Ryan and South Texas runs deep, as Nolan was born in Refugio, and the family now spends much of their time at their ranch south of George West or at the beach on Mustang Island. Ryan is also one of the primary owners in Ryan Sanders Baseball, the owner/operator the Texas League Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros-Double A).

The Hooks play their home games at Whataburger Field. The stadium will serve as the start/finish for Conquer the Coast for the third straight year.

The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce and Epic Sports & Entertainment are offering cyclists four total course selections. The 10-mile and 25-mile cruise along Corpus Christi shoreline, the 65-mile ride through several cities and upper Padre Island.

In addition to the 65-mile route, the avid competitor can participate in the “Toughest 18 miles in Texas,” Criterium (Crit) time trial, which will place rider against rider reaching high speeds of course racing.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide another exciting experience for all cyclists during this year’s events,” said Sean Murphy, event chairman and Chamber of Commerce board member. “Regardless of age or expertise, from beginner to casual cyclist to professional, there is a ride for everyone.”

Local cycling team ALS C3 has teamed up for the 2010 Conquer the Coast Criterium which will take place both Friday and Saturday, also at Whataburger Filed.

Friday’s Crit will take place from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday’s Crit will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with prize money given on both days.

Proceeds generated from the event support the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Tarpon Foundation, STARRS (South Texas Area Runners and Riders) and ALS Association.
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