The 23rd Annual Cotton Patch Challenge, Hunt County’s premier bicycling event, is excited to welcome back our Title Sponsor for the fourth consecutive year, although it is with a new name.
Southwest Buick GMC is now Donaghe Buick GMC. The name may be different, but it is still the same great team that supports our event year after year. Since opening in Greenville in 2011, Donaghe Buick GMC has generously supported the community’s welfare by supporting numerous local non-profit agencies providing various programs benefitting youth, education and community involvement.
“We value our partnership with the Cotton Patch Challenge bike ride because it’s the rare kind of event that brings hundreds of folks from outside of our area together to support a great local cause,” said Justin Rudd, Sales Manager for Donaghe Buick GMC. “It’s our chance to show off the best of our community, and that’s why we’re proud to sponsor this great event each year.”
The annual cycling tour, which has brought thousands of bicycle riders to Hunt County over the past twenty-three years, will again be hosted by the Rotary Club of Greenville and local health center, Carevide.
The two organizations will share the proceeds equally to benefit the youth of Hunt County. The Cotton Patch Challenge caters to beginner and expert cyclists—and everyone in between. Cyclists will enjoy a unique biking experience that features six routes to choose from. From a family friendly 12-mile course to the expert 74-mile trek, eight rest stops will provide riders ample fluids, fruit, music, refreshing shade, and much more – including unique displays from communities around Hunt County.
For advanced and expert riders, the 61-mile and 74-mile routes travel along some of Hunt County’s smoothest and widest thoroughfares, venturing along Highway 69 and featuring opportunities to conquer one of the area’s most popular elevations, Bowman’s Mountain, and crossing the iconic Two-Mile Bridge over historic Lake Tawakoni.
Additionally, the Cotton Patch Challenge, in affiliation with the Greenville Gravel Grinders group, will provide two off-road gravel rides as part of the event. For the second year in a row, the G3: Greenville Gravel Grinder ride will offer 50k and 100k off-road tours of north Greenville and northern Hunt County.
Gravel riding is quickly growing in popularity across the country, and we are thrilled to bring this exhilarating style of cycling to Greenville and Hunt County. The Greenville noon Rotary Club has partnered with the Cotton Patch Challenge bike ride since its inception over two decades ago as the brainchild of the Greenville Area Social Pedalists biking club.
“The Rotary Club of Greenville has a long history of supporting area youth through local programs and sponsorships, and we’re particularly proud of our work providing numerous scholarships to the youth of Hunt County,” said Katy Ridge, current Rotary Club president. “The Cotton Patch Challenge plays a major role in our ability to enrich the lives of future generations through higher education.”
Carevide is a local non-profit health center comprised of Medical, Dental, Pediatric and Women’s Health locations. Their primary mission is to improve the health and lives of those they serve with a commitment to patient-centered excellence in all that they do.
“We’re excited to once again work alongside the Rotary Club of Greenville to present this one-of-a-kind event,” stated Michelle Carter, CEO of Carevide. “Over the years, the Cotton Patch Challenge event has showcased the best of Hunt County while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, benefitting area youth. As an organization rooted in communities, this event is a perfect channel for us to promote healthy, invigorating lifestyles throughout the Hunt County service area.”
The 23rd Annual Cotton Patch Challenge takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 with an 8 a.m. start in downtown Greenville. Please visit CottonPatchChallenge.com for event routes, highlights, registration and more information. The event can also be followed on social media.