The 21st Collin Classic is a rural bicycle rally that will start and finish at the McKinney North High School on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

The ride begins at 8 a.m., and packet pick-up and registration on the day of the ride will begin at 6:30 a.m.

Offering routes of four, 20, 27, 32, 42, 48, 52 and 62 miles, this event is expected to attract families, weekend warriors and avid cyclists to celebrate life in a day filled with fun.

Pre-registration is ongoing. For more information, go to www.collinclassic.org.

The 21st Anniversary Collin Classic will offer:

  • High-energy start/finish at the McKinney North High School
  • Fully stocked break points along the way
  • Support along the routes from area law enforcement personnel
  • Roving bicycle mechanics providing technical assistance
  • Medical support
  • Post ride massage available (for a fee) by Finish Line Massage Therapy

Four-Mile Route

The four-mile route is a family friendly loop designed for a family with kids who are not yet ready for an open-road ride but want to see what a big bike rally is all about.

Organizers say that they have added some small hills for a bit of a challenge and have reworked the direction so that cyclists start and finish in the same direction as all other routes.

By utilizing the Finish Line as a Break Point, cyclists can ride one, two or three laps, for distance options of four, eight or 12 miles.

Open Road Routes for 2012

Organizers say the longer routes all begin with a ride through McKinney, into the Historic Downtown Square and then out to rural roads. The routes have been reworked to avoid FM 545 and instead use some rolling county roads.

Distance options are 20, 27, 32, 42, 48, 52 or 62 miles -- all in a single loop route. Cyclists will travel to the northeast portion of Collin County, passing through Blue Ridge, Valdasta, Frognot, Climax, Altoga, Princeton and New Hope.

Worried about missing out on the big hill at the finish on the old routes?

Organizers say not to worry. The rolling hills on the routes will provide plenty of challenge.

Pedalers Party at the Finish Line

This year, organizers have moved the post-ride party out of the cafeteria and put it outside by the Finish Line. A big tent with fans and misters will help cyclists cool off, and lots of cold treats will be available, including a special "Biker Bar" featuring Bikin' Mike's Cool Down Cocktail (a special non-alchoholic treat).

 Event organizers encourage everyone to come out to the event -- and to bring your family and friends.

For more information, go to www.collinclassic.org/home.html