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Thousands to roll through Iowa Park Saturday

Thousands of cyclists in Saturday’s 2017 Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred will once again make their presence felt with four of the six routes running through the streets of Iowa Park.
Over 13,000 registrants will take part in the four-day event, highlighted by Saturday’s racing.
All six routes will start in downtown Wichita Falls Saturday morning, and riders in all four distance routes will make their way down Old Iowa Park Road. Riders in the shortest event, the 25-mile route, will turn north onto Rifle Range Road, with the remainder continuing into Iowa Park.
Those riders will have a chance to stop at the first of 17 rest stops on the course, located between the fire station and post office in Iowa Park.
The 50-mile riders will make a quick jog onto FM 368, then west on Smith Road, then eventually down Van Horn Rd. and Johnson Rd.
The 100-mile route and 100K tour routes will continue on FM 368 to FM 367, then FM 2384.
During Saturday’s races, Iowa Park first responders will be on standby at both the station and at various points along the route.
Iowa Park Police Department will have officers at points along Old Iowa Park Road at Bell Road, Victoria St., Yosemite St., Lafayette St., and at the intersection of Lafayette and Colorado.
A breakfast is offered at 5 a.m. in the lower level of the Coliseum, and a morning praise and worship at 5:30 on 3rd and Lamar.
Cyclists in the Michelob Ultra USA Cycling Road Races will kick things off Saturday with a 6:45 a.m. start at Lincoln St. and Burkburnett Rd.
Following a flyover at 7:05, a Cannon Blast will signal the start of the main races. The majority of riders will compete in the four routes (100-mile, 100K, 50-mile and 25-mile) will start on Lamar St.
Cyclists will start making their way into Iowa Park shortly after 7, and continue for the next few hours.
A Consumer Show will open at the Exhibit Hall of the Multi-Purpose Events Center (MPEC) at 9. An outdoor concert will take place from 10:15 to 3:30 p.m. at 2nd and Lamar.
Awards will be presented around 12-noon at the Finish Line Village.
The Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred actually begins at 3 p.m. today, with the Consumer Show at the MPEC.
Tomorrow, there will be an assortment of off-road and criterium races starting at 10 a.m. at the Bridwell Ag Center.
The Consumer Show will open at 1 p.m., and Finish Line Village opens at 3.
A spaghetti dinner for racers will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of the Coliseum.
The first races start at 5 with the Ultra Criterium (good viewing available from MPEC parking and east steps of the coliseum).
On Sunday Morning from 7 to 10 there will be a Wee-Chi-Tah Off-Road Trail Run, 10k, and half marathon distances; plus Criterium races for USAC licensed racers will take place at the MPEC.