Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Light Tour

December 6, 2009

The weather for the ride was great in comparison with the Friday snow. And the turn-out was outstanding. It was reported that 59 riders participated in the event. There were additional people working behind the scenes to make the event a roaring success.

Christy Nesbitt of the San Angelo Bicycle Association worked for several months coordinating the event, and Jennifer Odom of the Concho Christmas Celebration worked long and hard coordinating and providing publicity. While I am thanking people, I also wish to express appreciation to:
San Angelo Police Department—donation of bicycles for kids to use.
Lee Pfluger—donation of money to repair the bicycles.
Randy Rangel—Randy’s Bike and Run donated time and expertise to repair the bikes and check for safety.
Safe Kids—donated helmets
Walmart—donated hot cider for after the event.
Chick-Fil-A—donated Christmas cookies for after the event.
John Woiten—AKA Santa
KLST—provided TV coverage.
Many thanks to the health businesses and clubs that displayed the event flyer and provided other support.

Thanks to all the participants helping to make the event a success. If anyone has been left out, please accept my apologies and THANKS.

To the right were some of the bikes that were available to anyone who needed a ride.

A big contributor to the event was Lee Pfluger who donated a lot of money to get the bikes in a safe working condition. And he brought the bikes out himself. Lee is the one on the left, below. The one on the right is an unnamed publicity hound basking in the lime light of famous people.

As advertised, Santa was going to be there. John Woiten, President of the San Angelo Bicycle Association volunteered to act as stand-in. John, DeAnna, and his helper did a good job decorating their bike to add to the Christmas cheer.

Thumbs up and the ride is ready to begin. Some of the participants:

Parts of the ride:

Last but certainly not least--the refreshments at the end and helpers.

It is hoped that the bicycle lights tour will be an annual event.


  1. Wow, what a GREAT time you all had!! I really want a Trek bike. Wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!!

  2. the tutle pics are great, reminds me of mr tutrle of nemo..

  3. nice

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  5. i want to try those. awesome.

  6. Fascinating article. I was wondering what, if any resources, you have for persons with disabilities with regards to bike tours and such. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.

  7. What great looking site! I am just starting to get into the bicycling scene and I came across your blog. I love the information you have and also the great pictures.

  8. @schemjo. I hope you continue cycling. As we said somewhere on the site, we plan our lives around our cyling--not cycling around our lives. Sometimes like today when we are going up a hill with an 18 mph wind in our face--we look at each other and say "we're doing this for fun?" And keep right on going.

  9. @Ken. Responded by email. I hope it was helpful.

  10. wow, i did not know there were poeple out there that enjoyed bycicling as much as i do, its great to know that people have such a passion for bycicling, its one of the greatest recreational sports out there and many people dont know how fun,exciting, and rewarding it can be, Keep living your passion till u cant live it no more, ps: i love the beautiful pictures, they're AMAZING.

  11. Hello Santa, you have very beautiful Christmas arrangements

  12. Riding in snow?

    Wow here in aus you have to worry about overheating.....even in winter!

    I am never going to whinge about my early morning rides again



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