By Phil ReidingerOctober 15, 2009
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society sponsored the 20th anniversary of the annual bicycle event changing the course from San Antonio to New Braunfels this year. More than 2,200 bicyclists and 1, 800 volunteers participated in the event that began during drenching rain storms on Oct. 3.
Starting at the Alamo, the cyclists enjoyed a short trip through Fort Sam Houston to provide a safe route from Broadway Avenue to Walters Street on the way to Commerce Street and FM 1346 toward La Vernia, Seguin and Gruene, Texas.
For about an hour, starting at 8:30 a.m. hundreds of cyclists traveled through the post from Wilson Road to Walters Street. Cyclists were released in staggered groups at the Alamo to avoid traffic congestion.
The two-day event was shortened to one day due to flooding and continued rain storms.
Fort Sam Houston police officers worked with San Antonio Police Department to establish traffic control points and escort the cyclists through the post. Special "support and gear" vehicles assisted cyclists with flat tires and broken chains along the route.
According to Jan Croce, National Multiple Sclerosis Society development director, cyclists from Houston, Austin, and Corpus Christi, Texas enjoyed their first opportunity to see several historic Fort Sam Houston landmarks while traveling through the post.