Skittles Waco Wild West !00 has been happening for 34 years and has only canceled once – in 2005 for Hurricane Rita. We have also never had a serious accident during the ride, and certainly hope we never will. Pretty good track record…until 2018.
This is a very difficult decision to make; no one loves this ride more than we do, but it is with our deepest regret we have canceled the October 20th ride due to the extreme, dangerous flooding in our area. We drove the course today to find several roads closed and bridges washed out. The forecast predicts more heavy rain Thursday and Friday, and with the ground already saturated, the water will continue to rise, making the situation even more dangerous. Saturday has a 60% chance of rain as well, meaning continually slick roads and low visibility for cars, which we all know is not safe for cycling. Although we realize forecasts can be wrong, every model we see is the same; we cannot hold out for a miracle.
All is not lost, however! We will still have a packet pick up so you can pick up your shirt, your medal, your glass, your jersey if you ordered one, and yes, some CANDY, as well as enjoy some light refreshments sponsored by Glazers Distributing and Coca Cola/Dasani.
112 Mary Ave Ste 1 (corner of University Parks)
Friday, October 19th 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 20th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Unfortunately, with these charitable events, the bills have already been paid for shirts, medals, rentals, permits, etc. The remainder of your entry fee will still go to Be the Match and other local charities. If you would like a tax certificate for your donation, we will be happy to provide one. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there is indeed a miracle Saturday, and the weather is rideable, you may certainly do so on your own. We will try to post any road closures on social media and keep you updated to the best of our ability. That said, please know roads will not be marked (impossible to paint or tape on wet roads) or manned and there will not be aid stations provided. There is much to do in Waco that weekend; Silobration is still going on and if you have a highly coveted hotel room, you may want to keep it.
We cannot express how difficult this decision was for our volunteer committee and how sad we are to cancel. We appreciate your understanding and your support.
The Waco Wild West 100 Board of Directors
The Waco Wild West Bicycle Tour has made a tradition of great rest stops and super rider support will return for 2018. This is one event you don’t want to miss! There is a tour for everyone.