The 2015 Rodeo Road Rally was a big success this year. The event started in 1995 as the Mesquite Rotary Bike Ride and has been a favorite of cycling fans in East Dallas for 20 years. The event started at the Mesquite Convention Center and provided routes of varying lengths for cyclists of all abilities. The three options were 20 miles, 42 miles, and 65 miles.
This years event raised 10s of thousands of dollars for local charities and was given very positive feedback by the participants. Some of the comments from riders include:
- Great rest stops.
- All major and more minor intersections were controlled by local police.
- Parking was easy, registration was efficient and fast.
- A very good ride with ample end of ride festivities.
- Everything ran like clockwork.
- The breakfast/lunch was AWESOME!!!!!!
Panera and Whataburger provided meals for this years event and as the last comment above illustrates the participants were very appreciative. The bagel holes (Bogles) in particular provided by Panera were a big hit at the rest stops.
The first 1300 registrants received a commemorative, red tee shirt that is super soft and shows the event logo on the front. Participants could buy one or more raffle tickets for a bike valued at more than $2500 dollars. The lucky winner this year is Michael from Dallas.
The event benefits local high school graduates with college scholarships as well as numerous other organizations inclulding: Mesquite Social Services, the Mission East Dallas Health Clinic, the Mesquite Public Health Clinic, the Mesquite Police and Fire Departments, the Mesquite Public Library, Mesquite Youth Services, the Boy Scouts, the Mesquite “Red Ribbon Day” youth substance abuse awareness and prevention program, the Mesquite ISD Educational Foundation, Equest, Mesquite Parks and Recreation, and the annual charitable “Dentists with a Heart Day”.
Accurate Signs has been a proud sponsor of the event for over a decade. We provide the signage for the event including the sponsor banner, start and finish banner, and all the route signs needed to keep the cyclists on course. We also worked at the pre-sign up booth at the Richardson Bike Mart on Garland, the sign up booth at the event, and the removal of the traffic cones at the event conclusion.