Tour LaFitte rides through SWLA - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Tour LaFitte rides through SWLA

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Hundreds of cyclists were up early Saturday morning testing their endurance in the 22nd annual Tour LaFitte. Depending on their level riders had a choice of one of five routes ranging from 10 miles to 60 miles. 

"We are from Baytown, Texas and came over to see what this is all about. We're doing the 40 mile. We just started so we are going to start small and eventually work our way to bigger races," said Sheila Vankersen.

Cindy Landry said she was looking forward to crossing the finish line.

"My main goal is to finish and be able to speak afterward," said Landry.

It's an event that goes on rain or shine.

"The last few years it's been raining and windy. So I actually pre-registered about two or three days ago when I knew the weather was going to be alright. Unfortunately I'm a fair weather rider. But I'm out here today to enjoy," said Ernie Sonnier.

For some it's their first time doing LaFitte.

"I already cycle a lot so I figured it was for a good cause. I also thought I could come out and have fun with a bunch of people who share the same interest. So it's a chance to meet some new people and have fun too," said Randy Becker.

With each pedal the cyclists raise money for the Special Olympics and help athletes like Amanda Mickan continue her dreams.

"I'm a Special Olympian and I got 2nd and 3rd place medals in Greece and hopefully it will take me to another Special Olympic World Games," said Mickan.

Following their ride the cyclists were treated to gumbo at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

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