Jill M. Rohrbach
Harrison bills itself as an outdoor adventure headquarters. The city’s upcoming Tour de Hills Race and Tour on Saturday, April 30 sure sounds adventurous to me.
The sixth year for the event, it begins with registration from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Brandon Burlsworth youth Center. Participants start pedaling at 10 a.m.
Three rides are offered for riders of all levels of experience.
The Jasper Disaster is a 58-mile loop route down Scenic Ark. 7 to Jasper, across Ark. 74 to Ponca , returning to Harrison via Ark. 43. This challenging route contains three long climbs. Payouts of $300 and $200 will be made in each division – four men’s categories and one women’s open category. There will be a feed zone around the 24-mile mark and a wheel/follow truck for each category. This is a United States Cycling Federation (USCF) sanctioned event, and all USCF rules will be observed.
Two other shorter rides are offered for less competitive riders — the 26-mile Orange Loop and the 15-mile Prairie View Loop. Each offers a few challenging climbs followed by long flats, and are color-coded for directions.
Entry fees are $40 before March 31 (hey that’s today!) and $45 after that. Youth under 17 will be charged $20 and $25. All registration fees for riders include pre and post ride meals, goodie bags and eligibility for prizes. T-shirts are only guaranteed for pre-registered riders.
Register online at http://www.tourdehills.com/. For more information, call 870.741.1789. Find out more about Harrison at http://www.harrisonarkansas.org/. There are numerous restaurants and hotels available in this city.