2017 Cotton Patch Challenge will be held

September 16, 2017


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 *:30p.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.


Live music starts at 4:00 and goes to 10:30.


Music Schedule:

4:00-5:00 Matthew Middleton & Texas Drive

5:00-5:30 Globe of Death Squad

5:30-6:30 Bad Moon Rising

6:30-7:00 Globe of Death Squad

7:00-8:00 Brave Little Howl

8:00-8:30 Globe of Death Squad

8:30-10:30 Emerald City Band


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The 2017 Southwest Buick GMC 21st Anniversary
Cotton Patch Challenge Bicycle Rally
is fun for the whole Family!


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The 21st annual Southwest Buick GMC Cotton Patch Challenge (CPC) will be held in Greenville, Texas on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Rotary Club 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 21st anniversary, performance shirt (first 800 riders)
  • 6 new spacious scenic southern routes: 12, 21, 35, 46, 61 and 74 miles
  • 61 and 74 miles routes cross Lake Tawakoni on the smooth new 4 lane concrete “Two Mile Bridge” with picturesque vistas
  • Conquer “Bowman’s Mountain” on 61 and 74 mile routes
  • 8 rest stops with cookies, variety of fruit, diverse music and cheer squads
  • Free Landon Winery samples
  • Complimentary beer ticket following ride
  • Complimentary fresh made fruit smoothies at Hunt County Courthouse after ride
  • Start and end in historic downtown Greenville
  • Friday evening free street concert featuring Emerald City Band

The first 800 riders to sign up will receive a 21st anniversary, performance shirt  with their 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 at the South West corner of Court House, Stonewall and Washington Streets.



Special activities taking place during the ride:

  • Ain't Just Pie will open for breakfast at 6 AM just two blocks from registration at 2205 Lee St.
  • Park Street Community will cheer on riders as they leave Greenville at beginning of the event.
  • Corner marshals with bright orange flags will man the major turns on the routes.
  • Loud music, cookies and cheering volunteers will be on hand at each rest stop.
  • Paris Jr. College students will give bottled water to riders on “Bowman’s Mountain” (large hill on Hwy 69 about 2 miles from Lone Oak) from 8:20 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. across from the TxDOT wayside rest area.
  • Landon Winery will be serving complimentary wine samples at the Cullen Ranch rest stop (FM 2101 @ FM 2947) from 10 am to 1 p.m.
  • The YMCA's American Girls Club will cheer on participants as they finish the ride.
  • PJC students will serve free fruit smoothies on the SE corner of the courthouse at the courses end.


Fruit, water, and soft drinks will be served in front of Landon Winery at ride's (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.



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.
  • 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.






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2016 Ride Pictures

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Celebrating Our 21st Anniversary!