Oklahoma Baptist University

Pedalers Invited for 11th Annual Bison Bicycle Classic

Dr. Gina Kraft launches out on the Bison Bicycle Classic near the OBU Recreation and Wellness Center.

The 11th-annual Bison Bicycle Classic will join forces with the Pott County Pedalars, the DNA racing club and PG-13 to host the Oklahoma State Road Race Championship Saturday, Sept. 24, with the race beginning at OBU’s Recreation and Wellness Center. In addition to the State Road Race, recreational cyclists are invited to enjoy the 25- or 50-mile tours.

The Bison Bicycle Classic, which is sponsored by the OBU Division of Music, has averaged 200 cyclists. Organizers expect approximately 500 cyclists to be involved in the race and tour this year. The event, which began as the Bison Bicycle Tour 10 years ago, has grown from a small local ride to a regional race. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Shawnee, Inc.

The sanctioned road race will use the route the Bison Bicycle Classic non-sanctioned race has used for the past three years. The racers will go north on Bryan Street and race north of the Shawnee City limits. The tour will continue to the South Rock Creek area with scheduled rest stops approximately every 12 miles. The tour and the race will be on separate courses after a short neutral rollout on MacArthur Street.

Pedalers will depart at 9 a.m. in front of OBU’s Recreation and Wellness Center (RAWC) on University Drive. Registration and packet pick-up opens at 7:30 a.m. in the RAWC.

Lunch will be provided for all participants upon their return to the OBU Wellness Center.

For information about the Bison Bicycle Classic, contact Dr. Jim Vernon at (405) 432-9007 or e-mail bisonbike@gmail.com.

For information including a race manual, state road race flyer, course maps and more, click here.

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