Hotter N' Hell Riders Have A Lot to Choose From When It Comes To Lodging

By David Gonzalez

Published 08/22 2014 05:21PM

Updated 08/22 2014 10:56PM

Even though they may be paying hundreds of dollars for a hotel room, or camping around the MPEC and everything in between, Hotter'N Hell Hundred Riders say they're pumped to be in Wichita Falls for this year's Hotter'N Hell.

This is a busy weekend for hotels across Texoma.

"We have a lot of loyal customers all around the country that come stay with us year after year," Alana McDaniel, Wichita Falls Courtyard Marriott general manager, says.  

McDaniel says all 93 rooms in the hotel are booked, and since so many guests are from out of town, she says they are making sure they are aware of the city's water crisis when they check in.

"We just give them a friendly reminder that we are in stage 5 water drought and conservation of water would be appreciated," McDaniel says. 

At the Wichita Falls YMCA, road bikes already line the gym. Officials say more than 400 people will be camping at the downtown Y.

"They'll sleep in the memorial hall, the protho room, the racquetball courts, the cardio room. Weight room so they'll just be all over. They'll bring an air mattress and have a good time," Wichita Falls YMCA president, Brandon Brown, says. 

About 50 members of the Northwest Cycling Club out of Houston will be rooming together at the Y, which they say is a very affordable tradition.

"We spend so much time together anyways, every weekend, doing different club rides and things like that so we're all very comfortable with each other," Sara Green, who is staying at downtown Wichita Falls, says. 

"There's some snoring and giggling. It's almost like being back in college on a college road trip. It's like the ultimate road trip with all of our cycling friends and family," Sherwin Harvey says.  

Vishal Patel set up camp near the MPEC.

"I don't have to walk anywhere. I don't have to go anywhere. If I want anything, I'm all right here," Patel says.  

Patel says he's not worried about about sleeping under the stars in the Texoma heat.

"If I was worried about the heat probably signing up for something called the Hotter'N Hell was probably not a good idea but not so worried about the heat, it's free. It's easy," Patel says.  

No matter where the riders are staying or how much they are paying, they all agree it's about the experience.

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