Spring time in Northern Texas is chancy weather-wise. You almost have to wait until the day to know what to expect; Colder than average temperatures? Sun? Snow? A cold wind? Thunderstorms? Indeed, I wondered about the weather, and how to best prepare, because my family and I volunteer at one of the rest stops. March 24, 2018, blossomed into an absolutely beautiful day to enjoy rideATAXIA Dallas, both as an outdoor volunteer and as a participant (from my interviews with cyclists).
My family and I volunteer at the half-way rest stop on the 50 mile cycling route. The rest stop is nearly 25 miles from the bicycle starting point at the University of North Texas, and sits adjacent to the lakeshore of scenic Lake Ray Roberts. FARA partners with Outback steakhouse at the rest stop. While Outback grills steak and chicken, we hand out drinks, peanut butter sandwiches, pickles, and homemade goodies. I had several cyclists comment that rideATAXIA has the best hospitality tents of any ride they’ve encountered. ( I think it was my Mom’s homemade banana bread, but it might have been the steak…)
We counted 200 cyclists at the 50 mile rest stop alone. Overall, the ride had 600 riders, and raised $127,000 for FA research. Whether it’s the food, hospitality, a family-friendly and bicycle enthusiast atmosphere or an opportunity to support a worthy cause, rain or shine, rideATAXIA is a tremendous event.