The Duncan Banner


July 27, 2013

Bikers spin their wheels at Duncan’s annual Dehydrator

DUNCAN — For the last two decades, bike riding has become an every year occasion for Oklahoma City resident Les Lange and his family. At events all over the state, Les would ride with his father, brother and sister in what evolved into a family ritual.

Part of the Langes’ tradition has included Duncan’s Dehydrator event, which Les has been riding in for the last 19 years.

And he’s yet to be disappointed.

“I’ve been riding here since 1994. It all started that year when my uncle won a bike as a door prize and I thought it’d be nice to have one too,” Lange said. “It’s a great ride for all bikers. Today the weather was excellent, not too hot like some people expected.”

Enjoying the 25 mile ride, Lange was one of 513 biking enthusiasts who geared up for the 23rd edition of the annual event, which began Saturday on a cool July morning in front of the Simmons Center.

This year’s Dehydrator was missing something it had always hosted before – the race portion of the event was cut for the first time – but added a new element with an 80-mile ride that went past Waurika in the direction of Temple.

“There’s really been very little impact from the dropping of the race,” event coordinator Kent Collins said. “The 80-mile ride was all Pagan Ballard’s idea. It was a great idea because we’re always like a tuneup Hotter Than Hell 100 and if you’re going to do an 100 there, than an 80 is perfect for training.”

Along with the 80-mile, which included about 80 cyclists, the event hosted its regular rides of 10, 25, 50 and 62 miles.

As the main fundraiser for the Duncan High and Duncan Middle School’s band, the bike rides raised about $15,000. Those funds come from registration fees, t-shirts sold and donations, Collins said.

For cyclist Kent Wohler, who began riding last September when his doctor recommended more exercise, the route and the weather made for a memorable 62-mile ride.

“The first thirty miles had some hills, but the rest of it was pretty smooth sailing,” “I didn’t have any real trouble. I had a great time and I’ll be back next year.”

Text Only
  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stars align Big names featured at wrestling camp

    Kids were lining up for autographs from Oklahoma assistant wrestling coach Michael Lightner, after Marlow’s wrestling camp Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Williams Demon softball starts preseason

    Last year, Duncan softball came close.
    This year, coach Robert Cowan has made it clear close will not be good enough.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Duncan well represented at Hoedebeck tournament

    The Duncan Golf and Tennis Club will host 60 players, 10 of which are in the Duncan Public School system, in its Hoedebeck Memorial Junior Tournament Wednesday through Thursday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Playoff hopes on Oklahoma’s mind at Big 12 media day

    High expectations are always chained to Oklahoma both internally and among its massive fan base.
    However, the Sooners enter the 2014 season as a consensus pick to reach the first College Football Playoff. For once, all expectations mesh.

    July 23, 2014

  • Former OSU line coach having impact at UT

    It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it – former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong's Texas Longhorns.

    July 23, 2014

  • In the middle of it Demons return from camp energized

    Duncan volleyball returned to practice with a spring in its step Monday, despite not being on their own gym floor.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Defensive showcase Comanche’s defense strengthens

    Everyone around the Indian program (even one Outlaw) points out how far the softball team has come, but nothing is more evident then the improvement on defense.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major

    Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf's oldest trophy.

    On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.

    In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam.

    And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal.

    July 20, 2014

  • Watkins wins Watkins shines in Duncan tennis tournament

    Freshman Addie Watkins didn’t let playing older opponents deter her from winning the 16-year-old girls division at the Duncan First Bank Jr. Challenger Tournament Friday.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results