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Marfa100 brings West Texas cycling community, visiting riders together for a memorable race

Marfa100 brings West Texas cycling community, visiting riders together for a memorable race

Cactus Liquors team member Manu Fresno hands out cold beers to Marfa100 bike race finishers on Saturday in Marfa. Photo by Cody Bjornson. MARFA —…

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Cactus Liquors team member Manu Fresno hands out cold beers to Marfa100 bike race finishers on Saturday in Marfa. Photo by Cody Bjornson. MARFA — All manner of cyclists rode into town last weekend to participate in the Marfa100 bike race, a 60-plus-mile trek on scenic FM 2810. The event, founded circa 2010, has experienced steady growth in participation over the years, setting yet another record this year with around 330 riders, up from 250 in 2021.

Some participants opted for a more mild 30-mile route, and not all rode traditional bicycles — two rollerbladers, a recumbent bike and elliptical bike joined the Peloton at the starting point this year. Volunteers manned aid stations at various mile markers, race support assisted stranded riders with flats, and friends and family gathered to cheer on the weary cyclists. Many lingered for an impromptu hang at the finish line. One rider pulled goat heads out of their tires, others awaited teammates and guzzled celebratory cold beers.

Cactus Liquors team member Joey Benton’s post-race beverage of choice on Saturday was a Guiness tall boy. Benton put on the Marfa100 for many years with partner Faith Gay until 2018. “We worked really hard on making an event that was really about community, and about celebrating the empty spaces and how beautiful the landscape is out here,” he said.

But the Marfa100 has recently been taken to the next level by Zeke Raney and Elizabeth Farrell, said Benton, who have been putting together the event since 2020. Team […]

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