Scenic Tour de Meers celebrates 30th ride through Wildlife Refuge
MEERS — About a dozen cyclists in the lead pack zoomed around Lake Lawtonka at the foot of Mount Scott, which was shrouded by thick fog on a cloudy, muggy 70-degree morning on Saturday for the 30th annual Tour de Meers.
A couple minutes later, a tight pack of roughly 25 riders — donned in a rainbow-colored array of biker suits — whirred by in a blur in the opening miles of the various four races: a 10, 22, 36 and 60-mile route through the scenic Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Rounding out the pack among the 461 cyclists who participated Saturday were several families and close friends that could be seen riding together, talking and smiling while soaking in the scenery.
Once again, the Tour de Meers offered something for all cyclists.
While the abundance of wildlife — such as the majestic buffalo and longhorn — failed to make much of an appearance, there were still plenty of breathtaking sights for the cyclists to enjoy as the sun began to peak out from the clouds early in the race.