Members and volunteers with the Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena are continuing preparation for the October 12th Wheel A’ Mena Bicycle Tour of the Ouachita Mountains and the Talimena Scenic Drive. The Tour will be staged outside of Mena offering a distance routes of 30, 50, and 70 miles.
According to Rotarians, the ride provides some of the best scenic views in Arkansas with much of the ride being high atop the Ouachita Mountains on the Talimena Scenic Drive. The ride will prove to be quite a challenge for some with multiple steep climbs. There will be multiple rest stops and feed stations available on course, and both routes will take you through the Queen Wilhelmina State Park on top of Rich Mountain.
The first 15 miles of the tour shares the same route. At the Rich Mountain Community the 30 mile route heads up the mountain to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park, while the 70 mile route continues to Oklahoma then to the Talimena Scenic Drive and then to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Both routes return to Mena from the State Park by way of the Talimena Scenic Drive.
Over the years, cyclists have come from across the region, state, and nation to participate in the Tour. Pre-registration has already begun, but registration will continue the veining before the race and up to fifteen minutes before the starting time of 8 a.m.
Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena was chartered by Rotary International on January 1, 2000. The club has members who are committed to making our world a better place to live. Local Rotarians participate in local and district activities and projects, and contribute to various international projects such as providing clean drinking water to people in Zimbabwe. This is a partnership with Rotarians in that part of the world and the project has already given good water to over 2,000 people. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you’ll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
The Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena meets weekly at Papa’s Mexican Cafe beginning at noon.