Imagine miles of rolling hills and thickly wooded forests! The Pineywoods Purgatory - fall's premier cycling event - offers four rides ranging from 25 to 102 miles that take you through Texas Forest Country's best! Don't let the first few miles fool you - the terrain is not without challenge! And to cap off your ride, the Angelina Expo Center and its cadre of volunteers and partners offer unmatched hospitality to riders and their guests. It's not just a ride; it's a weekend experience you'll want to make an annual event! Lots of folks already do!
An avid cyclist, Garland "Bubba" Parise, dreamed up the ride. He wanted Lufkin to have a ride that rivaled the "big ones" in Texas. With the help of his employer, Champion Paper Mill, his friends, and family, the Purgatory began in 1992 following a route Bubba and his friends often rode together. In 1993, at the age of 40, Parise died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart arrythmia. The Purgatory's continued success is a living memorial to Parise's commitment to create the ultimate cycling experience in the Pineywoods of East Texas.
You'll understand the name "Purgatory" as you're caught between the heaven of the East Texas countryside and the "hell" of having one more hill to climb!