POTEAU–OK Freewheels announced in February that Poteau would be the final overnight stop for the Annual 500 mile race across Oklahoma on June 12.
The 2015 Tour will start June 7 and conclude June 13. This year instead of the usual south-to-north route, OK Freewheel participants will be treated to a west-to east route across the southern portion of Oklahoma.
On June 7 riders will start a weeklong event in Hollis in the southwestern corner of the state. Over 700 riders will continue the route through Frederick, Elgin, Lindsay, Ada, and McAlester and for the final night of the tour in Poteau before the final destination in Fort Smith, Ark. on June 13.
Riders will stay the night in and around the Donald W. Reynolds Center. DWRCC will host the awards and entertainment part of the race in the outdoor theatre. Poteau Chamber met with organizer/director of Ok Freewheels Trevor Steward for the first time in January.
“We begin the paper work immediately to see if we would get approval for a host city. Events such as this bring lots of revenue to the businesses. Talking with my other counterparts in the state which have been host; stated our city would not be the same. The impact of revenue will be overwhelming. Poteau Chamber and Donald W Reynolds Center is very pleased that our efforts have paid off in more ways than one getting to support an event with such a great impact economically,” states Karen Wages CEO Poteau Chamber/Director Donald W Reynolds Center.
Poteau Chamber formed a committee to prepare and work on details for the event. The committee chairman Mike Carter has previous experience with this type race as host city in Fredrick a few years ago.
Carter and group ask help from businesses to set up tents in the DWRCC parking lot as welcoming stations. The committee is also seeking vendors and non-profits that want to sell items to purchase such as trinkets, or food related.
“We need to bring out all the signs, bells and whistles during this two -day event in Poteau. I have experienced firsthand the positive impact the group has on the city. We need a huge support presents of tents and people in the DWRCC parking lot and along Broadway,” stated Carter/ Event Committee Chairman.
The Committee is also looking for businesses or groups that will participate in a bicycle decorating contest to be placed in front of the business or on site at DWRCC with signage displaying the business/group name.
“We hope to get businesses, civic groups, ball teams and clubs on board for this contest. The winners will be judged by a group of the visiting cyclist and awarded a cash prize of $100 for best creation,” states Brooke Evans decorating committee leader.
Central National Bank will be serving Hamburgers with a full Donald W Reynolds Center Concession all day Friday. The Kiwanis will be serving pancakes on June 13 and will also be open to the public. Other committee organizers include Connie Horton, Brandy Singer, John Ford, Cheryl Craig, Monte Shockley, Shannon delaCruz, Doug Hall and Karen Wages.
To register your club, business or organization as a vendor or participant in contest contact: