Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally
November 18, 2017
Work off those Thanksgiving calories before you even take a single bite at the 35th-annual Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally! This yearly bike race has variable lengths (anywhere from 8 miles to 68 miles!) and is the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day, with all proceeds benefiting the programs of the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis.
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Rally Start and location is 9 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 2255 N Bonnie Brae.
The church is at the corner of Bonnie Brae (From 380, travel north. From Loop 288N, travel south) and Windsor. Enter the grounds from Bonnie Brae for registration and parking.
The church will also be the finish point for all routes.
Helmets are required and the Turkey Roll happens rain, snow or shine. No refunds.
Turkey Roll T-shirts are guaranteed for all registered riders present.
Is breakfast served before the ride?
The Turkey Roll serves coffee and cocoa. Often, a local business may bring kolaches or breakfast foods, but we do not officially serve breakfast.
Where is parking available?
There is ample parking at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where the starting line is located on North Bonnie Brae.
Can I register and participate by paying the day of the event? Can we pick up packets the day of the race?
Yes, there will be in-person registration the day before the rally at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. or the day of the rally at the church beginning at 7 a.m.
Riders may pick up their packets beginning at 7 a.m. the day of the rally.
If riding a tandem bike will both riders need to register even if it’s a child rider? Do children pay full registration costs?
The Turkey Roll is a fund-raiser for Kiwanis-sponsored youth clubs. We are totally in favor of youth participation, but our costs are real. A tandem rider is a rider, not a passenger, because they use rider resources.
Per rider costs this year include dri-fit shirt, event bags with water bottles and micro towels, refreshments at rest stops and headquarters, port-a-potties, liability and event insurance, and substantial rider support from our club and sponsored youth. They also provide liability insurance as well, which is another cost, even for a tiny rider.
The Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally is a great chance for young riders to experience a rally of bicyclists and also to see a family of service clubs in action for fund-raising on behalf of youth.
What food/hydration will be available at the rest stops?
Most of the rest stops will have cookies, bananas, water and Gatorade, along with chips and peanuts at some stops. The Rudy’s BBQ Rest Stop (which is almost at the mid-way point of the 68-mile route) will have BBQ Sliders and snacks. The finishing stop will have hot dogs, sausages and candy, as well as water/Gatorade.
Is there a minimum age for the routes?
We don’t have any age requirements, but we do ask parents to sign a release form for any child under 18 on the day of the rally.
Online registration is closed. In-person registration is Friday until noon at the Denton Bicycle Center or from 5-7 pm Friday or on the day of the rally at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Registration is $40.
You’re all registered, now where do you get your packets?
Riders registered by November 9 may begin picking up their packets on Monday, November 13.
Packet pick-up schedule:
All routes will start on Windsor Drive north of the church, passing through North Lakes and Evers Parks, to Sherman Drive.
8 Mile Route
Turn left, pass the Sherman Drive Fire Station roll to the Water Works Park the rest stop. (4 mile short course turnaround)
29 Mile Route
Turn left, pass the Sherman Drive Fire Station, roll to the Water Works Park Rest Stop and move forward to the Zachary Road Rest Stop (mile 8.6). Follow winding Zachery Rd until you hit Burger Rd (mi 10.4). Then, turn right on Burger Rd., which hairpins back to Route 2153, where you turn right (mi. 12.8). You’ll turn right on Running Bear Road (mile 14.2), soon reaching Wishbone Pass on Highway 455 by Lake Ray Roberts. Wishbone Pass is your turnaround, so go back to the start via Running Bear Road, Route 2153. Burger, Zachery, Sherman, and Windsor. Please note that Burger Rd meets up with Route 2153 twice. Turn left at the first Burger Rd (mi. 16.4) for a smoother rider to Zachery. As you exit North Lakes Park, turn left on Bonnie Brae, to enter the church campus, where you’ll find fun, hot dogs and Syracuse sausages.
There are five rest stops on this course, each with water, sports drinks and bananas.
39 Mile Route
This route follows the 29-mile route to Wishbone Pass. Turn right on Highway 455 and cross the Lake Ray Roberts Dam. On this route, you’ll find the rest stop at Pilot Point (mile 21.9). After the rest stoop, turn right onto Route 377 and right again at Route 3524 (mile 24.8) through Aubrey, where you’ll meet up with Route 428; and back to Sherman, Windsor, and the ICCC grounds. There is a Syracuse sausage or hot dog waiting for you.
There are six rest stops on this route.
You must reach Wishbone Pass by 11 a.m. to continue on the longer (52 and 68 mile) routes.
52 Mile Route
From Wishbone Pass (see above directions), turn left on Highway 455. At Marion Road just before Sanger High School, you’ll head right and ride several scenic country roads (Lois, Huling and Chisam). Look for the Lois Road Rest Stop (mile 20.8) and Lone Oak Rest Stop at mile 27. This is your return for the 52-miler, which follows little- traveled I-35 frontage roads back to Lois Road and then to ICCC. On the return from Wishbone Pass, please note that Burger touches Route 2153 twice. Take the first left onto Burger to ride the full 52 miles. Then turn left on Zachary and onto home and hot dogs and sausages!
68 Mile Route
From the Lone Oak Rest Stop at mile 27, go right on Lone Oak Road and left onto Hemming Rd. You’ll cross Lake Ray Roberts four times, hit the Rudy’s BBQ Rest Stop (mile 34.7), turn left on 922 to Valley View on the town square. From here, head south on the I-35 frontage road until you reach Lois Road, Wishbone Pass, and home, where the Syracuse sausages and hot dogs are waiting.
All routes begin and end at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
A block of rooms has been held for riders at the La Quinta Inn & Suites University Drive. You can book an executive king room for $119 per night by calling the hotel at 940-808-0444. You must book by November 10 to receive this special rate.
Photos by Jim O’Neill and courtesy of the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis