Before cyclists get rolling in the annual Hotter 'N Hell Hundred ride Wichita Falls city crews are preparing the area for thousands of cyclists. Overgrown lots along the Hotter'N Hell routes are getting mowed.
Signs saying "Road Closed" and "Bicycle Route," as well as orange cones and barricades are in place at intersections to make sure riders have the right-of-way. Crews are also getting food unloaded so cyclists can load up on carbs the day before the big ride. Several pallets of food, paper plates and other supplies for the annual spaghetti dinner arrived at Kay Yeager Coliseum.
"Roughly, 3,000 pounds of spaghetti. Probably about 300 to 400lbs of meet into the meat sauce. And, if you haven't seen the way that stuff gets cooked, it's amazing. It is a giant trailer cooker that is just awesome that we cook all that sauce in," says Rick Hatcher, a member of the Texas Restaurant Association.
Volunteers spent several hours hanging signs around the MPEC about the spaghetti dinner and tents have already started going up. And coordinators say there's even more preparations that will take place leading up to the official kickoff of the celebration on Friday.
Setup will continue tomorrow to get the stage, medical tent and routes ready for competitions and events. Dozens of volunteers will also be working hard to get the food prepared for the all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, which starts Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Kay Yeager Coliseum.
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