Come Early and Join
The Fun

 

The Emerald City Band will be back to kick off the weekend events with a concert and street dance beginning at 7 p.m. on the Hunt County Courthouse Square Friday night. This 14 piece, 4-horn Dallas-area band has played all over the country and was a huge hit in Greenville last year. Their play list includes the last 50 years of popular music, as well as current songs on the radio with a mix of their original music.


Come enjoy their performance while a sipping a glass of wine and eating a fine meal.

 

Following the ride participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the Rally Round Greenville Festival in downtown Greenville. The festival this year will include a live music stage, kids alley, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors. A chili and barbecue cook-off competition is set for Friday night and Saturday.

 

A Saturday night concert will be held at the Bud Light Stage on Lee Street starting at 7:00 PM. It is a FREE concert adjacent to the beer garden.

 

Entertainment Schedule

 

 

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Get a chance to win 2 free registraions to next years ride

 

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The 2016 Southwest Buick GMC 20th Anniversary
Cotton Patch Challenge Bicycle Rally
is fun for the whole Family!

 

The 20th annual Southwest Buick GMC Cotton Patch Challenge (CPC) will be held in Greenville, Texas on Saturday, September 17, 2016 as part of the Rally Round Greenville Festival. The Rotary Clubs of Greenville and the YMCA of Greenville & Hunt County will host the CPC, which benefits YMCA youth programs.

 

Join us for a fun-packed weekend with lots of bicycle events, live entertainment, food and fun for the entire family.

 

  • FREE 20th anniversary, performance shirt (first 1,000 riders)
  • 7 new spacious scenic southern routes: 8, 18, 23, 36, 48, 63 and 75 mile
  • 63 mile and 75 miles routes cross Lake Tawakoni on the new smooth 4 lane concrete “Two Mile Bridge” with picturesque vistas.
  • Conquer “Bowman’s Mountain” on 63 and 75 mile routes.
  • 9 rest stops with homemade cookies, variety of fruit, diverse music and cheer squads.
  • Free Landon’s Winery wine samples
  • Free Collin Street Bakery samples
  • Complimentary beer ticket following ride
  • Complimentary custom made fruit smoothies at Hunt County Courthouse after ride.
  • Start and end in downtown Greenville during Greenville’s Rally Round Greenville festival
  • Live street music on stage all day on Saturday with featured bands in evening.
  • Friday evening free street concert featuring Emerald City Band.


Each tour participant will receive a 20th anniversary, performance T-shirt ((first 1,000 riders )and one wrist band for a complimentary beer and a ride number.

 

Covered parking is available at the Paul Mathews Exchange Building, 2500 Stonewall Street on the west side of the courthouse square. Additional parking areas (available after 6 a.m.) are located in the downtown area. Event volunteers will direct you to their locations.

 

NOTE: Bikes mounted on top of vehicles need to be removed prior to entry to the Exchange Building parking garage, since there is low clearance on the entrance ramp.

 

All pre-ride and post-ride event activities will be held at Landon Winery and Bistro, 2506 Lee Street, across from the Hunt County Courthouse. Register for the rally from 6:30-8 a.m. on Landon's covered patio. Be sure to check out their small display vineyard while you wait in line! Tours start under the CPC arch directly in front of Landon’s Winery.

 

 

Special activities taking place during the ride:

  • Aint Just Pie will be open for full breakfast at 6:00 AM just two blocks from registration - 2205 Lee St
  • Presentation of flags by GISD JROTC Color Guard during singing of Nation anthem by GISD student Ally Hann just prior to start of ride.
  • Start of bike ride with selected bike riders throwing down 140 “Thunder Snaps” (each one is about decibels of .22 cal gun) distributed by Paris Jr. College students. Warning this will be loud!!!!
  • • About 25 GISD JRROTC members will be standing on side of Audie Murphy Overpass holding American Flags from Daybreak Rotary Club (need arrangements to get flags from the Daybreak Rotary Club)
  • Park Street Community cheer on riders as they leave Greenville at beginning of the event.
  • Free giveaways at Brookland Learning Center for 8 mile family route
  • SkyDive Tandem will be trying to coordinate parachute jumps on Saturday about the time riders reach the first rest stop at Center Point Christian Church.
  • Colored construction marking flags (corresponding to colors of routes on brochure map) will designate each major turn – before and after the turns – where each of the routes deviate from the 75 mile route.
  • Loud music, homemade cookies and cheering volunteers should be noted at each rest stop.
  • Paris Jr. College students will be handing bottled water to riders on “Bowman’s Mountain” (large hill on Hwy 69 about 2 miles from Lone Oak) from 8:20 AM to 9:30 AM across from the TxDOT wayside rest area.
  • Landon Winery will be serving complimentary wine samples at Cullen Ranch rest stop at FM 2101 @ FM 2947 from 10:00 to 1:00.
  • Collin Street Bakery will be handing out samples in front of their bakery near the finish of all the routes
  • American Girls Club from YMCA cheering on participants as they finish end of ride.
  • PJC students serving free fruit smoothies on SE corner of courthouse to riders as they finish their course.

 

Following your ride fruit, water, and soft drinks will be served in front of Landon’s Winery (Sorry, no cycling cleats allowed in the winery and restaurant). The winery and restaurant will also serve wine and meals for those desiring a more substantial reward for their efforts.

Complimentary beer will be served after the ride, provided by Ben E. Keith Distributors.


Routes and Rules

 

  • All tours start promptly at 8 a.m. from the Hunt County Courthouse Square at 2507 Lee Street.
  • The ride will take place RAIN or SHINE. No refunds.
  • Helmets and ride numbers are required.
  • Riders under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No late starts after 8:30 a.m. Ride at your own pace, however all courses and rider services close at 2 p.m. Volunteers will be welcoming the riders as they finish their routes.
  • Road Assistance & Rest Stops
  • Corner marshals with color-coded flags will man the major turns.
  • Visible Support And Gear (SAG) teams and area bicycle shops will provide mechanical support.
  • Rest stops are positioned every 8-12 miles with a large assortment of fresh fruits, sports drinks and cookies.
  • Port-a-potties are also available at the start, finish and throughout the course.


Road Assistance & Rest Stops

  • Corner marshals with color-coded flags will man the major turns.
  • Visible Support And Gear (SAG) teams and area bicycle shops will provide mechanical support.
  • To request SAG help on ride day, call 214-802-8679.
  • Rest stops are positioned every 8-12 miles with a large assortment of fresh fruits, sports drinks and snacks.
  • Port-a-potties are available throughout the course.

 

After the Ride


Get your complimentary fruit smoothie at Landon Winery, 2506 Lee Street after the ride. In addition to Landon’s dining area, they have a large reception room in the rear of the facility with a 2,500 sq. ft. covered outdoor patio.

 

Following the ride participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the Rally Round Greenville Festival in downtown Greenville. The festival this year will include a live music stage, kids alley, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors. A chili and barbecue cook-off competition is set for Friday night and Saturday. It will be a fun day for the whole family!

 

A Saturday night concert will be held at the Bud Light Stage on Lee Street starting at 7:00 PM. It is a FREE concert adjacent to the beer garden.

 

For updates and more information about the events, visit these sites:

 

 

Sponsorships are still available by contacting Christa Compton at 903-455-9622 or by email: christac@greenvilleymca.org

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary!