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Hotter'N Hell rolls through Sheppard

A Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclist blazes down Airmen’s Alley

A Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclist blazes down Airmen’s Alley at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. More than 100 Airmen lined Fifth Avenue to cheer on the cyclists participating in the largest single-day cycling event in the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Madeleine E. Jinks)

80th FTW aircraft perform flyover at Hotter'N Hell Hundred

A formation of T-38C Talons and T-6A Texan IIs fly over a mass of cyclists as part of the opening ceremonies for the 38th Annual Hotter'N Hell Hundred in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. Thousands of riders participate in the nation's largest single-day cycling event that offers different routes for riders of varying skill levels. One of those routes goes through Sheppard Air Force Base, where cyclists can stop and take pictures with aircraft and Airmen, get refreshments or medical treatment at the rest stop, and have hundreds of Airmen in Training cheer them on as they near the end of the course. (Courtesy photo by Torin Halsey/Wichita Falls Times Record News)

Hotter'N Hell 2019 rolls through Sheppard

Cyclists Aubree Jones, blue helmet, from Murphy, Texas, and Laura Hmigsman from Richardson, Texas, talk with student pilots from the 80th Flying Training Wing's Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. Cyclists participating in the Hotter'N Hell Hundred go through Sheppard including stops at Airpower Alley, the 82nd Medical Group rest stop and Airmen's Alley, making the base a fan favorite during the annual ride. Students pictured, from left to right, include 2nd Lt. Nikki James of Pembroke Pines, Fla., 2nd Lt. Fallon Little of San Antonio, and 2nd Lt. Jacob Turner of Clemson, South Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclists ride a tandem bicycle and take photos of the Airmen cheering for them as they cruise down Airmen’s Alley at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas

Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclists ride a tandem bicycle and take photos of the Airmen cheering for them as they cruise down Airmen’s Alley at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. The race draws in riders from all over the globe to participate in distances for riders of varying skill levels and multiple race routes, some of which stretch through Sheppard, giving riders the opportunity to see the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Madeleine E. Jinks)

Hotter'N Hell 2019 rolls through Sheppard

A Hotter'N Hell Hundred cyclist snaps a photo at precisely 9:03:32 a.m. during a stop on Airpower Alley at Sheppard Air Force Base Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. In addition to Airpower Alley – a display of Air Force might with the likes of F-16s, an F-15, an A-10, two C-130s, a T-38 and a T-6A Texan II – cyclists were also able to stop by the 82nd Medical Group rest stop at the Pitsenbarger Fitness Center and get cheered on by hundreds of Airmen in Training. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Sheppard Air Force Base 82nd Medical Group personnel provide care to an injured  Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclist

Sheppard Air Force Base 82nd Medical Group personnel provide care to an injured Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclist at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. Medical Group set up a tent for first-aid, food, drinks and other necessities as the last rest stop for HHH riders. It’s also one of the more popular stops along the route. (U.S. Air Force photo by Madeleine E. Jinks)

A Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclist blazes down Airmen’s Alley at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas

A Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclist blazes down Airmen’s Alley at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. More than 100 Airmen lined Fifth Avenue to cheer on the cyclists participating in the largest single-day cycling event in the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Madeleine E. Jinks)

Hotter'N Hell 2019 rolls through Sheppard

Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program students from the 80th Flying Training Wing have a laugh with a Hotter'N Hell Hundred cyclist as she makes her way through Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. Airpower Alley, a formation of Air Force aircraft at Sheppard, gives cyclists an opportunity to get upclose to pilots and aircraft maintainers use to learn their craft and talk to Airmen about what they do. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Hotter'N Hell 2019 rolls through Sheppard

Hotter'N Hell Hundred cyclists pause for a selfie with 80th Flying Training Wing Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program personnel during a stop at Airpower Alley on Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. Several routes of the single-day cycling event come through Sheppard, giving the public an opportunity to snap a few photos and talk to Airmen about what they do. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

A Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclist high-fives Airmen as he rides down Airmen’s Alley at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
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A Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclist high-fives Airmen as he rides down Airmen’s Alley at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. The Airmen motivated the cyclists by cheering, chanting, doing the wave and giving high-fives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Madeleine E. Jinks)

Hotter'N Hell 2019 rolls through Sheppard
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2nd Lt. Josh Holden, center, a student pilot in the 80th Flying Training Wing's Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program, chats with Hotter'N Hell Hundred cyclists, from left to right, Sharon Kelley, Art Sanchez, and Canon Bridges, all from Wichita Falls, during a stop on Airpower Alley at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. The trio of cyclists are part of a group riding in support of the Special Olympics and its athletes. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Hotter'N Hell cyclists cruises down Airmen’s Alley with her hands in the air
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A Hotter‘N Hell Hundred cyclist cruises down Airmen’s Alley with her hands in the air at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2019. The Airmen motivated the cyclists by cheering, chanting, doing the wave and giving high-fives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Madeleine E. Jinks)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Thousands of dedicated and determined cyclists blaze through Sheppard AFB, Aug. 24, 2019, during the 38th Annual Hotter'N Hell Hundred – the largest single-day cycling event in the nation. 

The race draws in riders of varying skill levels from all over the globe to participate in multiple race routes and distances, some of which stretch through Sheppard.  

As the cyclists cruise through Sheppard, they have interesting sights to see.

More than 100 Airmen lined Fifth Avenue on Sheppard to create “Airmen’s Alley,” a place to encourage and cheer for the participants.

Sandy Shawver and her daughter, Charlotte Shawver, HHH participants, said riding through the base is the highlight of the event.

“It’s the best,” Sandy said. “This is our ninth time riding in the HHH and we look forward to hearing the Airmen hoot and holler for us every year.”

There is also “Airpower Alley,” where multiple aircraft are displayed for photo opportunities and Airmen are there to socialize with riders.

Lastly, the 82nd Medical Group set up a tent for first-aid, food, drinks and other necessities as the last rest stop for HHH riders. It’s also one of the more popular stops along the route.

Capt. Nisek Patel, 82nd Medical Group family practice clinic doctor, spoke about his first HHH experience.   

“We are here to provide care for dehydrated patients and handle any sort of wounds or lacerations,” he said. “It’s a really cool event; everyone just looks like they’re having a great time.”