Bridgewood Farms celebrates 14th annual Burn Your Buns bike ride

170704 - Burn Your Buns - IMG_4199Cyclists took to the streets of Willis and Conroe early Saturday morning, July 4 at the 14th Annual Burn Your Buns bike ride to benefit Bridgewood Farms with 503 registered riders.

Riders from local bike clubs and seasoned cyclists rode the 20, 31, or 62 mile (loop twice) course. Many participants doubled the fun by going down and out twice to cover the 62 miles. The majority of participants participate traditionally every year from The Woodlands Cycling Club and The Mules Cycling Club. Volunteers, including The Lake Conroe Rotary, attorney Mike McDougal, law enforcement from Pct. 1 Constable Cash and Pct. 2 Constable Gene DeForest, along with the Montgomery County Hospital District were there early to check in participants, help at rest stations, and assist with safety on the road.

“It was an honor to assist with this event. Great people doing great things for our community,” Constable Phillip Cash of Montgomery County Pct. 1 said.

Presented by The Woodlands Cycling Club (WCC), and the Lake Conroe Rotary Club, the Diamond Sponsor was Jeffrey Tacy and Marissa Gonzalez. Gold Sponsors are Troy Construction, Borden, and Congressman Kevin Brady. Silver Sponsors-Cannon Custom Homes, Lynch Signs, Tom and Mary Krolczyk, Westbound Bank, Optimal Process Solutions, Law office of Kelly Chavez, Law Office of Mike McDougal, Ed and Robbi Turek, Shannon Jewelers, Sheri, Stacy, and Bill Brown; Paula, Jerry, and Jody Shumpert; and Pam, Davey, and Sky Holak. Bronze Sponsors are Wiesner Automotive, Quest Engineering, Kris McBride Accounting Services, Oakcrest Farms, LLC, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Wayne Mack; and many individuals- Rita and Jimmy Schumacher; Jessica and Devin Teasdale; James and Nan O’Hare; Beverly and Gary Ward; Rick, Natalie, and Sarah Meidel; and Helen Schwisow.

All the organizations work together to ensure the success of the ride by recruiting law enforcement, volunteers, and the Montgomery County Hospital District to monitor the route. Both Mike McDougal and WCC have supported the bike ride since its inception in January 2004. The WCC takes responsibility for the ride route, TXDOT approvals, and all promotion to cycling clubs. Steve Schoger of the WCC ensures that all major intersections the cyclists cross have a pointer on the route.

“Words cannot express how grateful Bridgewood Farms is for all the fantastic volunteers and riders who participated in this year’s ride,” Executive Director Flo Nelson said. “Neither rain, nor storm, nor sleet, nor snow (plus the unbearable heat and humidity) can keep a rider from doing what they love to do best. Without these amazing people, it would not have been such a great 4th of July!”

The Burn Your Buns bike ride had community sponsorships twice the amount of 2016, with 100 additional cyclists. All funding will supplement programs and services for the 100 intellectually and developmentally disabled clients of Bridgewood Farms.

Founded in 1967, Bridgewood Farms has a mission to provide programs and services to enable individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to reach their highest potential through training and life experiences that build self-esteem and promote personal independence. Bridgewood Farms serves over 100 teens and adults with opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives.

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Mitch Albom. Community makes the difference to Bridgewood Farms.

Learn more about Bridgewood Farms by visiting their website at www.BridgewoodFarms.org or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BridgewoodFarmsConroe

About Bridgewood Farms: Bridgewood Farms is located on 53 acres in North Montgomery County serving clients through day programs, respite programs, pre-vocational programs, and other social, wellness, and educational programs for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to promote self-esteem and personal independence. Donations are tax deductible and critical to the operating budget. Located at 11680 Rose Road in Conroe, information for volunteering or client services can be obtained by calling 936-856-6460, ext. 104.