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 7th Annual Conquer the Coast will also give riders an opportunity to own a special keepsake from this year’s ride, a commemorative Nolan Ryan number “34” rider jersey.
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 course ride through several cities and the “Toughest 18 miles in Texas,” the Criterium, also known as the Crit, 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 Event Chairman and Chamber of Commerce board member Sean Murphy.
The 10-mile, 25-mile cruise and 65-mile ride will start at Whataburger Field, located at 734 E. Port Ave. in Corpus Christi on Saturday, September 25. For those choosing the 10-mile and 25-mile cruise, the rides take cyclists along Shoreline to Ocean Drive and back with the constant view of the Corpus Christi Bay and spectacular homes.
The 65-mile ride will take cyclists across the Harbor Bridge to Portland, through Ingleside, Aransas Pass and Port Aransas and onto the Port Aransas ferry and continues through upper Padre Island and then to the beautiful view along Ocean Drive and back to Whataburger Field. Also, during the 65-mile ride, cyclists have an opportunity to compete in the Toughest 18-miles in Texas Time Trial along their route.
The 2010 Conquer the Coast Criterium will take place both Friday and Saturday, also at Whataburger Filed. Friday’s Crit takes place from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Saturday’s crit takes place from 9 a.m. until 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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