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J. D. McCarty Center

for children with developmental disabilities

2002 East Robinson Street o Norman, Oklahoma 73071

Telephone: 405.307.2800 o Fax: 405.307.2801


News Release


Date: Monday, June 1, 2015

Contact: Greg Gaston

               Director of Marketing

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Direct Line: 405.307.2807

Cell Phone: 405.249.6758

Job Number: 14-2015

Release Date: Immediate


Norman Conquest Bicycle Tour Turns 20

Named one of the 50 best rides in America by Bicycling Magazine for 2015


Conquer the heat! Conquer the hills! For the past 19 years that has been the challenge for bicyclists riding in the Bicycle League of Norman.s (BLN) Norman Conquest bicycle tour. The 20th anniversary edition of the Norman Conquest promises to continue the challenge.


According to Michelle Carr, Norman Conquest chairperson, it.s the choice of routes and the organization and support of the event that has Bicycling Magazine once again naming the Norman Conquest one of the 50 best rides in America for 2015.


This year.s Norman Conquest will be held Saturday, July 11. The ride will begin and end at  the J. D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities, 2002 East Robinson, in Norman. Start time for the ride is 7 a.m.


Proceeds from this event will once again benefit the J. D. McCarty Center.s Camp ClapHans scholarship fund. Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp for children with developmental disabilities ages 8 to 18. The scholarship fund helps qualifying families offset the cost of camp tuition. The BLN has been supporting Camp ClapHans since 2008.


There are three ways to register for this event. You can register online by going to; or you can register Friday evening, July 10 from 5-9 p.m. at O.Connell.s Irish Pub at 769 Asp Avenue on Campus Corner in Norman; or you can register at the J. D. McCarty Center, 2002 East Robinson, Norman, the morning of the ride from 5:45-6:45.


Entry fees for the 2015 Norman Conquest are $30 per rider if received by June 26. After June 26 the entry fee is $35. The town tour is $15 per rider or $25 with a Norman Conquest t-shirt. All entry fees include a hot catered lunch after the ride, a 20th anniversary Norman Conquest t-shirt and a .carbo loading. pasta dinner at O.Connell.s on Friday night. The pasta dinner for non- participants may be purchased for $10. A t-shirt is not guaranteed if registering after June 26.


Carr wants to remind riders that there have been some changes to the event from previous years. First, and foremost, is the addition of a fifth route for riders to choose. In addition to the family friendly town tour, the hilly 22 mile ride, the very hilly 46 mile trek and the seriously hilly 64 mile challenge, there is now a 10 mile .taste of the hills. route. The .taste of the hills. made its debut last year and was an immediately popular route choice.


.This new route was developed in response to our less experienced riders request for something more challenging than the town tour,. said Carr. .These riders didn.t feel they were ready for the 22 mile ride, but wanted to sample a little more challenging route. Thus, the .taste of the hills. was created..


The start time for the ride is 7 a.m.  The start of the ride will be staggered based on the ride route. The 64 mile riders will start first, followed by the 46, 22, 10 and town tour riders. There will be an approximate 5 minute delay between groups.


.We want to remind riders that the Norman Conquest is a ride and not a race,. Carr said. .We have something for all interests and riding levels..


The Norman Conquest is supported by rest stops along all routes as well as mobile mechanical support and SAG vehicles. The routes are well marked and maps are available at the registration tables Saturday morning. Besides a hot, delicious meal with air conditioning at the end of the ride there will also be free massage for the riders and door prize drawings, including a drawing for a bicycle.


For riders coming from out-of-town, a block of rooms has been set aside at the Marriott Conference Center at the National Center for Employee Development at the special rate of $89 per night for July 10 and 11. Reservations include complementary 3 p.m. check out. Located at Hwy 9 and 24th Avenue SE, the hotel has easy access to the McCarty Center. The room rate is guaranteed until June 26. Reservations may be made by contacting the hotel directly at 405.447.9000 and identifying yourself as a part of the BLN 20th Annual Norman Conquest group. Online reservations can be made at


For complete Norman Conquest information and links go to


The BLN supports and encourages the growth of recreational bicycling in and around Norman by organizing ride events, supporting bicycle safety and educational activities, participating in local government planning for improved bicycle access and emphasizing the healthful and social aspects of cycling. The BLN hosts semiweekly group rides during the spring and summer months and maintains the Clear Bay mountain bike trails at Lake Thunderbird. For more information visit



The J. D. McCarty Center is Oklahoma.s center of excellence in the care and treatment of children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 21. This pediatric rehab hospital provides the physical, occupational, speech and language therapy that these children need to reach their highest level of function and independence. For more information about the McCarty Center visit Follow the McCarty Center on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.