Today sees the annual Hotter 'n Hell 100 bicycle race in and around Wichita Falls, Texas. It's so named because the temperatures usually hover at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year, and the full-length race covers 100 miles (with shorter distances for less ambitious competitors).
As I write these words, the competitors are pouring out of the city and onto regional roads, heading out on the opening leg of the race. It's relatively cool this year, thanks to some unseasonal rain showers, which are very welcome to those of us who live here, but resented by many riders ("Hey, what happened to the hundred degrees we were promised?"). A mammoth support effort is being mounted by volunteers, and local police and fire departments along the route. The county Sheriff's Department is fully committed to traffic control, and other organizations are helping in any way they can.
I must admit, I'm amazed by the level of enthusiasm shown by riders who stream into the area from all over the country. It's too soon for this year's start to have been uploaded to YouTube, but here's last year's start, to give you some idea of the numbers.
For the rest of us, this is a morning to avoid downtown at all costs, and sit back and relax in the comfort of our own homes. That'll be more than hot enough for us!