Church hosts aid station for 100-mile cycling tour

WyeBDB100_0324Wye Mountain UMC on the weekend of Sept. 24 served as a premier aid station for the 68-mile and 100-mile routes of the Big Dam Bridge 100 Bike Tour. The Big Dam Bridge 100 attracts almost 3,000 cyclists annually, most of whom choose the longer routes that pass by the church property. This was Wye UMC’s second year to host the aid station.

Providing hospitality for a large event like this one enhances the congregation’s mission to be a source of ongoing Christian hospitality to those riding the Wye Mountain loop, which is popular for riders in Pulaski, Faulkner and Perry Counties. Members of Wye Mountain UMC enjoyed greeting the cyclists on the tour, some of whom turned out to be fellow United Methodists. The church also has a budding relationship with a Christian riders’ organization for central Arkansas cyclists.

And, in the spirit of Jesus’ lesson in the ninth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, the church offers all riders self-serve refills of cool water from its flagpole hydrant, 365 days a year.

—submitted by Rev. Richard Gifford