WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The world renowned Hotter’N Hell Hundred cycling event is a little over 50 days away and in need of volunteers.
With last year being a virtual ride, it’s been almost two years since Wichita Falls hosted the event. So organizers are thrilled to host cyclists once again.
“We might be at a ski resort or something and going up on a ski lift, the conversation always goes, ‘so where are ya from.’ Well, we’ll say ‘Wichita Falls, Texas’. ‘Hey that’s the Hotter’N Hell Hundred place,'” Chairman of Hotter’N Hell Hundred Roby Christie said.
The 40th edition of the Hotter’N Hell Hundred is quickly approaching and cyclists and organizers are getting ready.
“We’ve now registered almost 5,000 people and we normally don’t get to that point until about the first of August. So I think they’re going real good,” Executive Director of Hotter’N Hell Hundred Chip Filer said.
To be ready for all of the town’s incoming traffic, organizers are looking for volunteers to work registration and host homes to shelter cyclists.
“I’ll bet there’s probably maybe 3,000 people that use host homes. A lot of them come back to the same hosts year after year so we don’t see them and we don’t match them up every year,” Filer said.
“People from so many walks of life get involved. They may not be exercise people at all. But they want to come and serve on the volunteer staff in one place or another,” Christie said.
With COVID-19 making last year’s ride virtual, this year’s ride bring thousands back to Wichita Falls.
And organizers say, it’s the way the community embraces the event that keeps it going every year.
“We don’t own Hotter’N Hell Hundred, the community does. Because without the support of the community, both governmental agencies and people in the community, Hotter’N Hell hundred cannot be successful,” Filer said.
“Wichita Falls has every right to be known for a lot of good things. But it is absolutely known for Hotter’N Hell Hundred, the fellowship that comes together to make it successful, and the people that come here and have a good time and appreciate the fellowship that is shared with them while they’re here,” Christie said.
When the event first began in 1982, Christie didn’t think it would grow to what it is today. But he credits the community with making the event so beloved.
To sign up to volunteer, visit the Hotter’N Hell Hundred website.