Mesquite Rodeo Ride, Mesquite, TX
June 3, 2017
The Mesquite Rotary cancelled the Rodeo Rally last Saturday. At around 7:30 AM on the day of the ride, they decided it just wasn't going to be safe for anyone. I think they were very justified in this. I was there and checked in around 6:30 and waited around for it to clear. It never did. It just got worse so I was glad when the decision was made. They are going to give the paid riders a discount on next year's ride.
Mesquite Rodeo Ride, Mesquite, TX
June 7, 2016
The good - Good food at the end with panera bread & Blue Bell, soft drinks, etc, plenty of parking, easy registration, well organized. The price has gotten a little steep - $40. Can't comment on the rest stops since we did not stop. The roads - a mixed bag - Some good smooth stretches, other sections of the route had lots of pot holes, lots of large cracks, the road hazards are not a big deal if you are solo or in small groups, however if you are in large groups such as the lead group going 24+, the road conditions become hazardous. (Bowers Road & Seagoville road) Same with the traffic cones. The cones are put out for "safety", but with large groups they become hazards making the roads less safe.
There seemed to be a lighter turnout this year, possibly due to the weather and some other local rides going on. It was still a decent turn out. Registration was a snap. The start was a little crowded leaving the Rodeo area and winding through the local streets. once is stretched out, the route was a good with roads in fair condition overall. Great intersection control with plenty of police presence. Signage was good. The rest stops adequate with the usually stuff plus one rest stop passing out Panera goodies. The finish line lunch was a nice touch with blue bell to boot! Once again, Mesquite put on a really good rally so close to home. A big thank-you to all the volunteers. See you next year.
This ride is still a lot of fun. It has the best traffic control I've ever experienced! Although it looked like we might get rained on at the beginning, it never happened. The cloud cover kept the temps mild. Everything was well-organized and smoothly executed. The after ride food and refreshments were great! I'll definitely be back next year!
About the northern section of the 100K+ route, I really liked it as I ride those exact roads for weekend warmers, it was fun to be in my neighborhood in a manner of speaking. It was also a nice to start at the convention center; the National Anthem was excellent! Southern sections were indeed a little bumpy, but knew that was coming and was able to snake around the bumps pretty well as they were well marked. Traffic support was superior and the route (100K) was overall very good although looping back across the route can and does lead to confusion sometimes. The breakfast/lunch was AWESOME!!!!!! Thanks to Panera – totally AWESOME lunch 'samiches'! And thank God for good weather (only caught a brief rain early in the ride), although the wind that came late made the final 20 absolute murder! On a final note: Welcome back Bluebell!
The Mesquite Rodeo Road Rally, formally Rotary Road Rally was a great success. This is a ride not to miss. The routes have a lot of variety, lots of turns to keep your interest and a few long stretches to test your skills. A lot of intersection control. There was pre-ride food and post-ride food. Close to 2,000 riders plus raffles for prizes.
Mesquite Rodeo Ride, Mesquite, TX
June 6, 2015
I did this ride for the first time ever. I have heard good things about it, but the timing have never worked out until today. Everything I have heard about this ride is true! The course was really good(100K) and well planned with plenty of rollers. Great rest stops. For the most part, the roads were in good shape with most hazards clearing marked. signage was good, though I missed a turn due to my inattention. All major and more minor intersections were controlled by local law enforcement. Parking was easy, registration was efficient and fast. Thank you to all the volunteers from law enforcement, rest stops, registration, etc. You guys did a great job! This ride is on par with my other must do rides(Cedar Hill, Italy, Goatneck, and HHH). I will make my schedule work so I can do this ride next year. Thank-you to Panera and Whataburger for providing lunch. Special shout out and big thank-you to the two kind female cyclists who assisted my sister and helped her complete her first ever organized bike rally. She had bonked and was in a bad place, but you two really encouraged her and helped her complete the ride. Thank-you.
As usual a very good ride with ample end of ride festivities. I would like to eliminate the northern section of the 65mile route by extending the route south into Wilmer the way it was done a few years ago. The Northern section is too much of crit course. Moving the course south would open up into country roads and reduce the need for police control at many of the early intersections.
It was nice to have the rodeo convention center again. Everything ran like clockwork. Parking, registration, etc. As always, the traffic control was extraordinary! Love having the "bikes only" lanes. Weather was great with just enough breeze to keep you from getting too hot. Volunteers were wonderful and the after ride meal was superb! Thanks, Mesquite!
This was just my third Rodeo ride and it won't be the last. Unlike some negatives about the northern "crit" style section of the 100K route, I really liked it as I ride those exact roads for weekend warmers, it was fun to be in my neighborhood in a manner of speaking. It was also VERY nice to start at the convention center again – I think it's WAY better than the school start so let's hope it stays this way. Southern sections were indeed a little bumpy, but knew that was coming, I had switched wheels/tires to 25c to better deal with the bumpy roads. Traffic support was superior and the route (100K) was overall very good although looping back across the route can and does lead to confusion sometimes. The breakfast/lunch was AWESOME!!!!!! Thanks to Whataburger (my fav) and Panera – totally AWESOME! And thank God for perfect weather, warm, light wind, blue sky's! On a final note – I miss Bluebell L
Thanks for getting back to familiar start at actual rodeo arena! After numerous "burps" from last year's rally, it looks like we're back on track to the event we know and love. Plenty of post-ride food, good familiar course, police presence at intersections. Good job, everyone!
Mesquite Rodeo Ride, Mesquite, TX
June 7, 2014
We've done this ride for the past five years or so. It's a big event, well organized and convenient to the Dallas area. However, my enthusiasm for returning next year is waning. My main gripe is the route - too much high-traffic, urban riding and confusing overlap of the various route distances offered. As a practical matter, there may not be much more the organizers can do if they want to start in the middle of Mesquite but perhaps they can consider more of an easterly route (rather than south, crossing US80, I-20 and US175). Also, in this day and age of Google maps and GPS, how can they not get the route distance correct? I rode the '65 mile' route (which is also referred to as '62M' and '100K' on the printable map), but it measured out to almost 68 miles. I hope they find a way to improve on these areas. On a positive note, the food at the end was excellent - salads, sandwiches, etc. and plenty of it.
Start location was moved to West mesquite high, Facilities worked fine for the most part. The 67 mile route added a segment going north and cut a portion of the south loop. The only problem with the change is that at the 30 mile point, we were merged with the 20 mile route. Never a good idea to mix cyclists going 25mph with cyclists going 12 mph. The northern loop of the 67mile route is also the regular route of the RBM Saturday south ride. My suggestion is to truncate the northern loop and add the southern loop, same as 2012-2013 route. Other than the modification to the route, it was good ride and well supported. I presume to help at the rest stops was good, they at least waved as we went by.
First off, the location had to be changed this year due to the Rodeo Arena being booked by another organization for the first Saturday in June (I guess somebody waited too long to book the arena). The location ended up taking place a quarter mile west at the Mesquite West High School & Stadium so there was ample parking. Seeing how the temps were expected to reach the mid-90's and wind gusts of 20 mph, I made the decision to start out 2 hours ahead of the official start time. Good decision. I opted to ride the 65 mile course (which actually ended up being 67 miles), and I was SO GLAD to be finishing up around 11:00 a.m. instead of 1:00. The heat was really taking a toll on me - along with others. I heard there was a large group of about 14 riders that all decided to SAG in at the same time.
There were lots of people who sagged in due to the heat. This rally has always had a great course and the police support is wonderful. Glad to see that the Shannon Loop section was cut out and the 65-mile route could cut back on Lawson Rd.
I have a couple of criticisms that I would like to bring to the attention of the rest stop organizers. First off, the Gatorade. On a super-hot day like we had for our ride, riders need electrolytes to help them get through the course. The Gatorade that was being offered at the rest stops was nothing more than water with a light blue or orange tint to it. I asked about it at rest stop #3 and was told that they were mixing it 50/50. I may as well have been drinking water. There were absolutely no replenishing benefits to what was being offered, which would probably explain why I was bonking so bad during the last 10 miles (should've remembered to bring my electrolyte tablets with me!). Because the starting location had to be moved this year, the route to the finish went through a neighborhood behind the stadium. I thought the ride would never end!!!!! With less than 2 miles to go, I was ready to pull over and pass out under someone's front yard shade tree - that's how wiped out I was. Even taking a Power Gel with less than five miles to go didn't help much. Word to the wise - on a hot day, if you depend on electrolytes to get you through a long ride, it would be a good idea to bring your own powder to mix with water as you never know what you'll be getting at the rest stops. Organizers, next year it would be great if you could let your rest stop volunteers to know to make the Gatorade a tad bit stronger so that it will actually help your riders. If that's not a possibility, then provide pickle juice. Lots of people were cramping on the ride and that would've been a welcome addition at the rest stops. Rest stop fare - sliced oranges, bananas, cookies and some Panera Bread bagel holes at rest stop #3. Wished there was more variety of consumables offered.
Chicken wings... Last year they ran out by the time I came in (hence, another reason to start two hours early). This year, I didn't even see chicken wings being offered at lunch but it was advertised. What's up organizers??
Panera Bread - all they had was turkey sandwiches when I went through the line (boring). Thirty minutes later when my friends went through the line, they broke out ham sandwiches along with the turkey. Where were the ham sandwiches early on? I guess I should be glad that there was any food left at all.
Last comment I will make, (and this did not affect me), there were LOTS of people complaining that they either never saw the signage for the 65 mile route, or that everyone was being diverted to turn at the 40 mile route. That would explain why I saw so few riders coming up Seagoville Rd. on my way back. My friends who started at the normal time (and were riding pretty fast on their tandem), said that they were all alone out on the back side of the route and never had anyone around them - which is very uncommon on the longer route - there's always riders around! I heard that rest stop #3 (which gets hit twice if you're on the 65 mile route), was out of water and they were trying to round up supplies from the other rest stops. Maybe this is why people were not allowed to proceed on to the 65 mile course? I don't know, but there were a lot of people scratching their heads in the cafeteria and looking at the route map trying to figure out how they missed the route all together. One girl pulled up on her bike while I was recovering in the shade and asked if "anyone knew what happened to the 65 mile route". This has always been a well-organized rally but I think the ball was dropped big time this year in several areas. I know this goes towards charity, BUT, I know I would be disappointed if I drove in from a long distance and paid the registration fee thinking I was going to ride a 65-mile supported ride and only end up doing 40 (not by choice). Better luck next year.
Another great job by the Mesquite Rotary Club, they know how to put on a first class rally. A few little differences in the route this year to accommodate the new start site, but mostly the same great roads from prior years. I only wish they would ask the City of Sunnyvale to re-pave Barnes Bridge. The rest stops were well stocked, and the food at the finish is plentiful. Look forward to next year's ride.
Some disappointments this year on what is usually one of the best rallies of the year. - Running out of sports drink at Rest Stop 2/St James Allee (42 mile route). Heard one rest stop actually ran out of WATER! Very basic supplies at all stops, even though this rally has been going on for MANY YEARS. How about something salty, like pickles or pretzels, too? -Running out of food at finish. Seems this happens the last few years. Perhaps NOT offering a $5 lunch to non-riders will allow the hungry CYCLISTS to recover with something other than the meager offerings at the rest stops! Also, the folks who are kind enough to provide the food items could give ONE SERVING per cyclist with a coupon in the goodie bag. -Even two more porta-potties at Stop 1 would be great.
Otherwise, good ride I will continue to support. Thanks for the good wicking t-shirts.
What the heck happened to the 65 mile route? No one could find it!
It been 3 years since my last participation in the Mesquite Rodeo ride and notice some changes. Rode the 42 mile route. The distance to the first rest stop (15 miles) was longer than the norm (10-12) miles. This rest stop was well stock. The next 2 rest stops were either out of or low in supplies of water, Gatorade and ice.. At rest stop 2 supplies were low that the volunteers had to ration them. Not a good thing to do. This was The 18th Mesquite Rodeo Bike ride, and one would think by now the logistics of how much supplies should be needed. The weather might have played a part since it has not been real hot outside lately. The volunteers were friendly and helpful. Plenty of traffic control, thanks. Did notice the Mesquite PD had the Large command center at the start/finish Not sure why, but maybe was used to coordinate the officers on the route. The route good markings and most of the road hazards were marked. Did notice some of the drivers stuck in traffic looked frustrated while we rode by. Maybe look at areas that might of have less traffic. Even though at the finish, the sponsors were low or out of food, lot of riders were upset. Come on folks this is a benefit ride for a good cause. The food they is a benefit but is expensive to provide. All in all this year the ride was ok. For next year have ample supply of fluids and ice.
Thanks to all the local law enforcement that did a great job directing traffic and providing a safe route on some of the busier roads. Also, thanks to the Boy Scouts working at rest stop 3. Everyone was smiling and eager to help. Could have used some salty snacks by the end. Heat was worse than expected. Didn't have any trouble finding the 65/68 mile route.
This has been one of my favorite rides in the past, but the past couple/few years not-so-much. Unfortunate that the staging had to take place at West Mesquite H.S. this year instead of the Rodeo. I almost slipped and fell hard on the slick school floors in my cycling cleats…more than once. Oh well, reparable for next year. I really miss the serene Nature Preserve portion of the route (Seagoville?) for the 42 milers. The portion up by the lake in Sachse is tedious and not scenic anyway. The preserve portion was always my favorite part of the ride and now it's gone. The rest of the ride is so "in town" and busy that it made for a wonderful 10-15 mile respite. Perhaps the 60-milers get to do it, not sure…but I know other cyclists have commented about its absence. Addtionally, as has already been noted, the shade tents and hydration need to be top notch when it's so very hot like this year. More shade and seating would've been nice. It's unfortunate b/c this ride raises a nice sum of money each year and it's been getting worse over the past few. When something works as well as this ride used to, be very careful about making changes lest you spoil a good thing.
Mesquite Rodeo Ride. Mesquite, TX
June 1, 2013
Nice ride, good roads and weather was reasonable. However, when I got to the finish line, I had only ridden 40 miles. I was riding the 100K. Well heck! But it's not the first time I missed a turn. When I got home, I compared the ride from my Garmin with the ride map and found the missed turn. I turned right on Belt Line Road just past Rest Stop 3, instead of going straight. I then reviewed my ride video to actually see my mistake. However, when I got to the Belt Line Road turn, the sign and traffic control, was directing all riders to turn right. I was at the intersection around 10 AM. Not a real big deal, but when you get up at 5 AM to do a metric century, it's annoying when you finish with 40 miles. Oh, well.
Rotary Rally 100K Route – Lots of good things about this ride but a big problem. There were several courses which intersect which while not normally a problem except this rally only used 1 color of road paint and the same type of sign for all routes. If you miss your course turn you can easily end up on another route or overlap your own. I did this on the 100k when I saw conflicting information (around mile 54) and the policeman at the intersection directed me to a second 100k loop! Certainly my bad for not having the route memorized but when I loaded my ride to Strava my segment matched up with other people who had the same issue.
Don't get me wrong this was a well-organized ride but please consider different colors of paint for the routes, put some signage which differentiates them or at least better signage of the right hand return to start on the 100k route as people are tired at mile 54 and can use all the help they can get
Even though this ride has been going on for 17 yrs, this is the first time I've done it and I've been missing out! Great ride. We did the 40 and out of all the rides I've done around the Metroplex, this one had the smoothest roads. The roads considered "rough" would be standard fare on any other ride. All of the intersections were controlled. No complaints with the rest stops or the after ride food. Rotary did a fantastic job!! I'd love to do this ride again. Love the T too.
Great ride, as usual -- the support from volunteers and police presence are always super, and this year was no exception. The return to prior routing through Sunnyvale for the longer rides was also welcome -- really scenic, lightly traveled roads with no chip-seal (yippee!). Of course, that did make the dreaded Lawson hills come during the second half of my 65km route, but by then the headwind was up to about 18mph, so at least there was a nice breeze to keep me cool while climbing. :) Mesquite is one of my can't-miss rides -- maybe it is the great staff, the good roads, the variety of food afterwards in an air-conditioned sit-down venue, or maybe it is the Blue Bell ice cream. Whatever it is, I'm sure you will see me there next year!
I rode the 40 mile route on Saturday. This was my fourth year to do this ride but my first time through Sunnyvale. The roads were wonderful and some were even fresehly paved and fast. My only complaint is that the wings were gone by the time I finished. So much for this being a tour and not a race. That being said, I will be back next year. This is always a wonderful ride..
Great new 40 mile route (65K as opposed to former 75K). Just enough, as 75K gets a little rough when we have our usual near-100 degree heat. T-shirts with Cool-Max type material is a keeper! Got my share of wings, but heard they ran out quickly. Thanks to all enthusiastic volunteers and numerous law enforcement officers who have taken good care of us all these years on this rally and continue to do so. This is a "must-do" event for me every year.....good job, y'all!
This was my first time to ride the Mesquite ride and we did 40 miles. I can't say enough great things about this ride. It was well supported – I saw a sag vehicle go by at least every 20 minutes. The rest stops were well stocked and the volunteers were so friendly and helpful. I particularly appreciated the large maps at each site showing the journey ahead and where the next stop was going to be. Very helpful and most rides don't do this. The roads on the 40 were wonderful – great shape little or no chip seal and all intersections were supported by police and crossing was safe and easy. The meal afterwards was good, and the long tables gave the chance to socialize with other riders. I have to say this is now my favorite ride and I will be back next year. Thank you to all that worked so hard to put this on.
Mesquite Rodeo Ride. Mesquite, TX
May 26, 2012
Mesquite Rodeo Bicycle Committee, I have to say how disappointed I am to see you moved the date up for your rally. After many years of attending it faithfully, I will have to choose the one closer to home being Burleson Honey Tour. With the cost of gas etc these days I believe people are looking @ this. I so wished you'd have chosen June 16th where there is no rallies posted. I wish you another successful rally this year but please consider this for next year as to what rallies your putting yourself up against. All cyclists are here to support each rally the best we can & makes it difficult when things like this happen. Thank you for your consideration with this matter.
Great ride: Smooth roads, friendly and well-stocked rest stops. Some tough hills though.
Whew! Still a little windy, but not as bad as Wildflower! Always a relief to have routes southbound/outbound, northbound/inbound for obvious reasons, and this rally has it right. It has everything right! GREAT police coverage at intersections, as well as excellent markings for road hazards (cracks/rough road) throughout the route (75K). Excellent course, with a lot of fresh, smooth blacktop. Tasty grub for lunch, although we had to wait for more wings (but worth the wait....YUM!). Always happy to attend! NOT-SO-GOOD STUFF: What's with the bag? And for some reason, I paid ANOTHER $15 for a T-shirt. At least the question was asked on the survey (shirt or bag next year?) And, as long as I can remember (riding 20 years), Mesquite has ALWAYS been 1st Saturday in June. Unless there was some mondo event going on June 2 at the location that kicked us back a week, it was NOT a good idea to change dates. "Honey" rally in Burleson was scheduled (as always) on same day, so Mesquite Rotary might have lost a few dollars for those who chose to stay in Tarrant County to ride, not to mention riders who travel away for the holiday weekend. Also, the military personnel who guides the parking was missing; a lot of close-in spaces were empty. Mixed feelings about 8:30 start; more time to travel from Fort Worth but 1/2 hour later into the heat of the day. This has always been a "don't miss" ride for me.....looking forward to next year.
As usual, the the Mesquite Rotary Ride was a great success. Even though it was windy, the weather was good and the roads fast. The route was well marked, intersections controlled by police, well stocked rest stops, and great food at the end. A couple of reviews questioned the move from the 1st Saturday in June. Do what I did, ask them why. As it happens there is an event scheduled for the rodeo event center that prevented them from using it that weekend. I was also told that the next two years are already scheduled for the 1st Satuday in June. As for the bag, I think it was a nice change from a t-shirt.
Mesquite Rodeo Ride. Mesquite, TX
June 4, 2011
Rode the 100k, was pre-registered, so no check in, the traffic control going in was excellent, plenty of room, started 10 minutes early which was a good thing with the heat today, all rest stops and the traffic control could not have been better, very visible and signage, or sprayed painted roads was also excellent, many of the rough spots on the road were marked with one exception, the area after the turnoff near rail road, there was a 1-2 inches lip in the road which caused several spills, some not as serious, well that's if you were not the ones that fell and one very hard fall, he stayed down , plenty stopped to look out for him, but it looked bad, heard from several other riders that it was on the map, did not see it myself and did not see any visible orange marking, not sure what the breakdown was there,Other the that problem overall an outstanding ride
The Mesquite Rodeo 100K is a fantastic ride, one the last chances to ride before the heat turns up. It is very fast. The traffic control was well organized, all rest-stops well stocked, adequate toilets, directional indicators well placed, hazards marked, great after ride food and cool down. I think more people participate in the after ride event at Mesquite than any other. The chip seal has soothed out after a year of traffic making most roads easy riding. The road resurfacing with (unmarked) grade changes between miles 5 and 7 was very dangerous. It looked like 4 separate accidents with about 30 riders down. Again, they need to identify toilet locations with a board at the registration area since the event wraps the building.
I had a great ride, my fastest time ever, Mostly fast smooth road with potholes painted orange. I would estimate about 3 miles of rough chip-seal. I only remember four big (well sorta big) hills on the entire ride of 62 miles. Every intersection was covered by someone.. Great ride! - John
As a citizen of Mesquite, and veteran of this ride, I'm proud of the excellent job the Mesquite Rotary Club does every year with this ride. And, what a great day for a ride. After the endless days of wind, it was nice to have a calm day to ride, and this was a fast course. Rest stops had plenty of liquids/food, and SAG was very visible.
AWESOME.... As stated the Mile 5 stretch of pavement that was ground was unmarked... however the organizers may not have know about it as I had a discussion with a rider that lives in the area and had ridden the same road Friday morning to work who indicated that the road surface was not in that condition Friday AM???
As for the rest of the ride AWESOME!!! FAST, VERY well supported (thanks Boy Scouts) loved the ice cold towels... See you next year!!
The Mesquite Rodeo Ride is one of the very best organized rides in North Central Texas! It was easy to find and the volunteers from the Texas National Guard kept the vehicular traffice moving efficiently into the large overflow parking lots. The staging area for the registration and rider seating was large and organized to accomodate the riders and support team. The start went off slightly ahead of time and everything was rolling along smoothly until we hit numerous sections of dangerous road surface with cracks, offset pavement, and bomb craters... Seriously, this needs to be fixed before the 2012 event - it's not too bad for riders who are riding at a more relaxed pace, but it IS unacceptably hazardous for riders in packs doing 20+ mph. Most all of the road hazards were marked but there were a few that were unmarked - I suggest marshalls who can warn the riders and slow down the pace at some of the more dangerous sections where Seal Team Six has been practicing their mortor aiming skills... Road Marshalls , signage, and road cones were the best of any ride; having your own private lane with traffic cones is a nice treat on a hot summer morning! I happened across one rest stop for a quick refill of one water bottle and it was all top notch. This ride gets a grade of A+ for everything except the road surface, which gets a D. The dangerous roads are bad enough to cripple or kill, please make this ride safe for 2012.
Mesquite Rodeo Ride. Mesquite, TX
June 5, 2010
Just have to say that I do about a dozen events like this every year, and I can't remember a better organized or supported ride than this Mesquite Rodeo Ride. The support really was incredible - across the board. Kudos to all involved, and especially to the police and volunteers who made the route safe with great signage, marked pot holes and cracks, and excellent police support at the intersections. It's no surprise that more people participated this year than ever. When you do something this well, word gets around. Thanks for a fun event and a fast route!
Anyone who hasn't put this rally on their calendar needs to do so. Everything from the registration, sag support, rest stops & police was excellent, can't beat this one. Thank you to everyone involved another TOP NOTCH rally!!!
This was my first ride at the Mesquite Rodeo Bike Rally 100K and I was very pleased with the entire event. The facilities are more than adequate to handle the riders and support people. The Rodeo toilet facilities were below par being very under capacity, I am not sure how they meet code for a facility of this size. At the start we could not hear the announcements so we just followed the lead. The staff were more than accommodating, traffic control and SAG at every turn. It is a fast course (my average speed was higher than my normal) with some rough spots, save some energy for the last 20 miles of combined heat and incline. Stop 2 had a long wait for drinks, and stop 3 we had to wait for a restock of water and ice. The finish with food and refreshments was great.
This ride was fantastic! My wife and I, along with another couple, did this ride for the first time (75K) and we were all very impressed. The event was very well organized with smooth parking, quick registration, good roads (both quality of roads and lack of traffic), excellent support and route markings. The rest stops were well-stocked and the Whataburger at the end of the ride really hit the spot. No gripes here. Thanks for a great event!
I did the 33k and did not feel the roads were well marked. I was told to follow the green signs and I don’t remember seeing any green signs. At one point, if it hadn’t been for the police officer I would have gotten lost. The police officers were great and I really appreciate what they did in stopping traffic and motivating us along. The first rest area was ok although being on the side of I20 was a little disconcerting. The food at the end of the ride was a disappointment especially after riding the Cedar Hills Rally. The Mesquite Rodeo ride was ok and I’ll do it again, although with my limited experience thus far I think the Cedar Hills Rally was the best organized and their T-Shirts are nicer and food was better.
Well organized except for: No formal staggered start (wow, what was up with that?), not enough bathrooms at the start, one rest stop ran out of ice and one washboard section of the 100K was almost too much. Well marked for turns, bumps and potholes, lots of police presence, lots of marked off lanes with cones, lots of volunteers and well stocked rest stops. Loved the shaded spots with chairs, that was a very nice touch for a 55 year old guy returning to cycling
Mesquite Rodeo Ride of 2010 - 2nd rest stop really need more water servers - there was a 15-20 min line just for water!! Otherwise, a very good ride, good routes.
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