WELCOME to Tour of Payne, the Red Dirt Pedaler’s annual bicycle ride celebrating Payne County, the place "where Oklahoma began" — the start of the 1889 Land Run in North Stillwater.
Bring your family and friends and make a weekend out of it! Before and/or after the tour, plan on spending the night at one of the local hotels offering a special cyclist/family discount just for Tour of Payne participants and their families.
On Saturday afternoon or Sunday, relax with a stroll through the Oklahoma Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, tour the OSU campus and marvel at the new stadium and the construction of the future Athletic Village, eat a leisurely lunch at one of the city’s numerous restaurants, shop or dine downtown Main Street, or enjoy one of the city’s many parks. Both Lake Carl Blackwell and Lake McMurtry west of town have campsites, and Lake McMurtry has a spanking new frisbee golf course and 30 miles of mountain bike singletrack!
Historical locations you may want to visit include Stillwater’s Sheerar Museum, Yale’s Jim Thorpe Park, the site of the Ingall’s shootout, and the Washington Iriving Trail Museum.
ROUTES All routes follow paved roads with rolling hills. Please obey all traffic laws.
ROAD ASSISTANCE & SAFETY All routes are well marked and supported by SAG vehicles.
Fully stocked rest stops are provided in or near Stillwater, Ripley, Cushing, and Glencoe until 2:30 PM. Helmets are mandatory.
T-SHIRTS Guaranteed to all riders pre-registered by June 23, 2014. See entry form.
SHOWERS Available at Payne County Expo Center. Please bring your own towel and soap.
CAMPING Payne County Fairgrounds, cost Tent $5.00, RV with hookup $15.00
SOME NEARBY ACCOMMODATIONS
The following hotels offer cyclist & family discounts: Quality Inn, 2515 W Sixth, 405-372-0800, Holiday Inn & Suites, 715 S. Country Club, 405-372- 2445; Fairfield Inn, 418 E Hall of Fame (405-372- 6300); Hampton Inn, 717 E Hall of Fame (405-743- 1306); RV parking and camping available at the Expo Center
HEADQUARTERS Payne County Expo Center, 4518 Expo Circle east of Stillwater—the north-west corner of Hwy 51 and Fairgrounds Road
MASS START Saturday July 5th, 7:30 AM sharp, from Payne County Expo Center, grouped according to ride distances
ENTRY FEE $30
PACKET PICKUP & REGISTRATION
Pre-register •online: www.tour-of-payne.info or active.com; •by mail to Red Dirt Pedalers, PO Box 2614, Stillwater, OK 74076; •in person at COOPER’S Bicycle Center, 220 S. Main, Stillwater; •on the day of the event at Payne County Expo, 6:30 AM to 7 AM. Pick up you packet on the day of the tour, starting at 6:30 AM, OR pick up your packet and/or •register Friday night July 4th from 6-8 PM and enjoy a FREE Pasta Meal!
Boomer Lake Fireworks Friday Evening, July 4th, activities all day.
Clean up in the Expo’s showers and chow down at the post-ride cookout while listening to live music. Later in the evening, you may want to catch dinner at one of Stillwater’s many excellent restaurants or treat your family to a take-out picnic in one of Stillwater’s city parks. A driving, walking, or bike tour of the OSU campus can be fun, too.
FREE PASTA MEAL
FRIDAY, JULY 4TH, 6-8 PM AT EXPO CENTER,WITH PACKET PICK-UP OR REGISTRATION