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07/12/03

Mad Potter's Bike Race

A Bike Race in Biloxi will pump more than a thousand dollars into a local museum's fund. Saturday marked the first-ever Mad Potter's Bike Ride.

The roads around the Coast Coliseum looked more like a race track Saturday, because it was a huge race. More than a hundred cyclists from across the nation made the trek to Biloxi this weekend for the Mad Potter's Bike Ride.

George Heagerty traveled a lot of miles for this first-time event, and needed a massage after his stellar performance on the track.

"After living here for three years, and finally they put on a great race like this, I said I have to come back for this. I can't let this go on and not be here for it. I came back. It's very impressive. These guys are doing a wonderful job. It's first-class," Heagerty said.

George captured second place in the Grand Master's Race, one of the day's most competitive events.

While coming out on top is always nice, it's not just about the competition. The cyclists pedal for a good cause.

"Most of these biking events that you see around the country. They're for charity. Not only are you having a lot of fun, you get to meet a lot of people, and the charities are priceless. People who benefit, you can't say enough about it," Cyclist Angel Gonzalez said.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum.

"After the turnout like this, we're planning on making it a weekend long event next year. We hope to work it out with the Coliseum, and hopefully get the same venue. Our plans are to make a road race, a time trial, as well as the crit you see today," event coordinator Brent Futrell said.

If this year's event is any indication, you can plan to see more cyclists spinning their wheels while raising money for the local community next year.

The event was organized by the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club.

By Toni Miles

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