The Cotton Patch Challenge has evolved over it’s 24 year history and this year in 2020 we hope to make it better than ever building on the successes of the past and facing some of it’s missteps head on. We have many new things planned for you that we hope will result in your bringing the whole family for a week end of fun and biking.
We understand that the focus of ride events is for you, the rider, have a really fun event. This means smooth registration, lots of people, well supplied rest stops, cheerful staff and great roads. Most of all you hope for great pre and post event conversations and groups to share your experiences with.
To accomplish this the CPC is teaming up with the city of Greenville’s “Lee Street Jamboree” so that together we have over much more than ever before. Plus there are venues throughout the Greenville area that are coming onboard to offer fun and games for the entire family. This makes the ride not just for bicyclists to enjoy, you can bring the whole family even if they aren’t biking. They’ll have a blast while you are out sweating the miles.
Let’s start with Friday night. We’ll be offering everyone a spaghetti dinner the night before the ride. Served at the Landmark on Lee, Rotary headquarters, will host the event. It was formerly the US Post Office where Audie Murphy signed up for service in WWII. When you register to ride you can sign up for the event for only $10 per person for all you can eat pasta, garlic bread and an assortment of drinks or you can buy beer and wine at the venue.
On Friday night you can take the family to Shenaniganz for a great time of fun, rider family discount tickets will be available. Not your cup of tea? Maybe visit the surprising Audie Murphy Cotton Patch Museum, right on the bike ride route off I-30. Learn about the life of Audie and see the history of cotton in Hunt County. If you’ve never been there, don’t miss it.
Stay in our local hotel for the night at special event rates (tell them you are riding) and then meet us for breakfast before the race. Not booking a room? Come early for breakfast, all you can eat pancakes, sausage and drinks at the Landmark on Lee. Pound down some fuel for the ride. The ride is at 8am.
When you return the Lee Street Jamboree will get starting. You will find a wonderful gathering places to talk, eat and drink all along Lee Street and the surrounding area. Grab a free shower if you like and join us. Landon’s Winery will be servicing beer, wine and cheeses where you registered. We other great venues such as Ain’t Just Pie, Ashen Rose (craft beer and food), the Empty Glass, great ice cream at Pizzo’s Sicilian Café, Los Quates Mexican fare.