J. D. McCarty
for children with developmental disabilities
2002 East Robinson Street o
Norman, Oklahoma 73071
Telephone: 405.307.2800 o
Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
Contact: Greg Gaston
Director of Marketing
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
Direct Line: 405.307.2807
Cell Phone: 405.249.6758
Job Number: 14-2015
Release Date: Immediate
Bicycle Tour Turns 20
Named one of the
50 best rides in America by Bicycling Magazine for 2015
Conquer the heat! Conquer the
hills! For the past 19 years that has been the challenge for bicyclists riding
in the Bicycle League of Norman.s (BLN) Norman Conquest bicycle tour. The 20th
anniversary edition of the Norman Conquest promises to continue the challenge.
According to Michelle Carr, Norman
Conquest chairperson, it.s the choice of routes and the organization and
support of the event that has Bicycling Magazine once again naming the Norman
Conquest one of the 50 best rides in America for 2015.
This year.s Norman Conquest will be
held Saturday, July 11. The ride will begin and end at the J. D. McCarty
Center for children with developmental disabilities, 2002 East Robinson, in
Norman. Start time for the ride is 7 a.m.
Proceeds from this event will once
again benefit the J. D. McCarty Center.s Camp ClapHans scholarship fund. Camp
ClapHans is a residential summer camp for children with developmental
disabilities ages 8 to 18. The scholarship fund helps qualifying families offset
the cost of camp tuition. The BLN has been supporting Camp ClapHans since 2008.
There are three ways to register
for this event. You can register online by going to www.bikereg.com; or you can register Friday
evening, July 10 from 5-9 p.m. at O.Connell.s Irish Pub at 769 Asp Avenue on
Campus Corner in Norman; or you can register at the J. D. McCarty Center, 2002
East Robinson, Norman, the morning of the ride from 5:45-6:45.
Entry fees for the 2015 Norman
Conquest are $30 per rider if received by June 26. After June 26 the entry fee
is $35. The town tour is $15 per rider or $25 with a Norman Conquest t-shirt.
All entry fees include a hot catered lunch after the ride, a 20th
anniversary Norman Conquest t-shirt and a .carbo loading. pasta dinner at
O.Connell.s on Friday night. The pasta dinner for non- participants may be
purchased for $10. A t-shirt is not guaranteed if registering after June 26.
Carr wants to remind riders that there
have been some changes to the event from previous years. First, and foremost,
is the addition of a fifth route for riders to choose. In addition to the
family friendly town tour, the hilly 22 mile ride, the very hilly 46 mile trek
and the seriously hilly 64 mile challenge, there is now a 10 mile .taste of the
hills. route. The .taste of the hills. made its debut last year and was an
immediately popular route choice.
.This new route was developed in
response to our less experienced riders request for something more challenging
than the town tour,. said Carr. .These riders didn.t feel they were ready for
the 22 mile ride, but wanted to sample a little more challenging route. Thus,
the .taste of the hills. was created..
The start time for the ride is 7
a.m. The start of the ride will be staggered based on the ride route. The 64
mile riders will start first, followed by the 46, 22, 10 and town tour riders.
There will be an approximate 5 minute delay between groups.
.We want to remind riders that the
Norman Conquest is a ride and not a race,. Carr said. .We have something for
all interests and riding levels..
The Norman Conquest is supported by
rest stops along all routes as well as mobile mechanical support and SAG
vehicles. The routes are well marked and maps are available at the registration
tables Saturday morning. Besides a hot, delicious meal with air conditioning at
the end of the ride there will also be free massage for the riders and door
prize drawings, including a drawing for a bicycle.
For riders coming from out-of-town,
a block of rooms has been set aside at the Marriott Conference Center at the
National Center for Employee Development at the special rate of $89 per night
for July 10 and 11. Reservations include complementary 3 p.m. check out.
Located at Hwy 9 and 24th Avenue SE, the hotel has easy access to
the McCarty Center. The room rate is guaranteed until June 26. Reservations may
be made by contacting the hotel directly at 405.447.9000 and identifying
yourself as a part of the BLN 20th Annual Norman Conquest group.
Online reservations can be made at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/BLN20thAnnualNormanConquest.
For complete Norman Conquest
information and links go to www.normanconquest.bicycleleague.com.
The BLN supports and encourages the
growth of recreational bicycling in and around Norman by organizing ride
events, supporting bicycle safety and educational activities, participating in
local government planning for improved bicycle access and emphasizing the
healthful and social aspects of cycling. The BLN hosts semiweekly group rides
during the spring and summer months and maintains the Clear Bay mountain bike
trails at Lake Thunderbird. For more information visit www.bicycleleague.com.
The J. D. McCarty Center is
Oklahoma.s center of excellence in the care and treatment of children with
developmental disabilities from birth to age 21. This pediatric rehab hospital
provides the physical, occupational, speech and language therapy that these
children need to reach their highest level of function and independence. For
more information about the McCarty Center visit www.jdmc.org.
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