One hundred three people pedaled away from downtown Hudson last Saturday morning around 7 a.m. And so began the 13th Annual Chicken Ride began. The ride is sponsored by the Hudson Bicycle Club, which has four members. However, this fundraising ride is a community effort and wouldn't have been possible without the numerous volunteers who […]

One hundred three people pedaled away from downtown Hudson last Saturday morning around 7 a.m.
And so began the 13th Annual Chicken Ride began.
The ride is sponsored by the Hudson Bicycle Club, which has four members. However, this fundraising ride is a community effort and wouldn't have been possible without the numerous volunteers who helped to ensure the event's success.
'The ride went really very good. I was expecting more wind, but it really didn't really pick up until later in the ride. We have a bunch of good volunteers, and we appreciate the people coming in, doing the ride,' said Peggy Bauer, President of the Hudson Bicycle Club.
Proceeds from this year's ride, after expenses, should be around $500, Bauer estimated. All proceeds from the Chicken Ride are donated to the Hudson Community Club for Community Improvement.
Riders for the event come from various Kansas towns, although most hail from Hutchinson, Wichita, and Great Bend. Four riders from Pratt participated this year.
'We had a guy from Los Angeles register this year, although he didn't make it to the ride,' Bauer said.
On a personal note, my wife and I had a wonderful time on this ride. We didn't leave Hudson until around 8 a.m., due to leaving Pratt late. The Chicken Ride was very well-supported and all of the sags (support and garnishment stops) waited on us, even though we were the last ones left on the road. Also, the weather couldn't have been any nicer this year.
Hopefully, for the 14th Annual Chicken Ride (always the first Saturday in August), more Pratt cyclists will join in the fun. Hudson is only 35 miles away and the ride always concludes with a delicious and filling pan-fried chicken dinner, with homemade pie for dessert.
The meal will definitely replace any calories you burned off during the 56 mile ride, and a 26 mile option also exists.