Hotter'N Hell 100 preparation underway

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Cyclists pass through ‘Air Power Alley’ on Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, during the Hotter’N Hell 100 bike ride, August 29, 2015. During their visit to Sheppard, the cyclists were able to stop to take photos of the different aircraft and visit with a few of the Airmen. Events such as the Hotter’N Hell 100 promote fitness in and around the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Gese)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Saturday, August 26, 2017, Team Sheppard will host a portion of the annual Hotter’N Hell Hundred cycling event throughout the base.

The Hotter’N Hell Hundred features roughly 13,000 riders from all around the world. Founded in 1982 by Roby Christie of the Wichita Falls Bicycle Club, the race is a total of 100 miles and temperatures usually exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you live on Sheppard Air Force Base or plan to visit Saturday, keep in mind that access to gates and traffic flow will be altered while the riders travel through the installation.

The Main Gate will close at 7:15 a.m. to vehicle traffic until the completion of the event at approximately 4 p.m. but will remain open to pedestrian traffic as usual. 

The Missile Road Gate will also close at 7:15 a.m. to all traffic until the completion of the event at approximately 4 p.m.

The Hospital Gate will open at 7 a.m. for vehicle traffic and will be the only vehicle entrance and exit to the installation during the event.

All motorists should exercise added caution while driving on the installation during the race as traffic will detour around the race route. The race route includes Missile Road, Ave G, 1st Ave and the Main Gate.