Pryor’s 26th Annual DAM J.A.M. Bicycle Tour Expecting 800 RidersBilled as Oklahoma’s most scenic, one-day bicycle tour, Pryor’s 26th Annual DAM J.A.M. on Saturday, September 9, is expecting riders from several states, organizers say.
“More than 800 bicyclists from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas will be taking part in the tour,” said Barbara Hawkins, president of the Pryor Chamber of Commerce.
The DAM J.A.M. route is designed to show off northeastern Oklahoma’s lake areas. Riders will pass Scenic Waterline Road, Lake Hudson, Old Strang Bridge, and Chimney Rock Lake. Then they continue through Spavinaw State Park and Dam and on to Salina. Soon they will find themselves peddling the rolling hills of Indian Springs Road.
“The most enthusiastic riders will take the century tour, adding Lake Eucha, Pensacola Dam and the Grand River Dam Authority Ecosystems and Education Center,” Hawkins said.
“There are rides for every level of riding expertise—from the 30-mile relatively flat ride to the 101-mile tour that snakes through the Ozark foothills. Most of the tour winds through Mayes County, but it also enters into some of Delaware County,” said Marie McKee, event co-founder. She and husband, Jim Beach, founded the event in 1991.
Pryor area and Mayes County businesses and associations operate strategically placed rest stops along the routes, offering free water, PowerAde, fruit, cookies, a variety of other snacks and camaraderie.
We understand the rest stop sponsors are upping their game this year. Most all of the stops will be themed, according to Hawkins.
The rides start and finish in the heart of Oklahoma’s lake country, Pryor’s 24-acre Whitaker Park, 42 miles northeast of Tulsa. Post-ride lunch is available for $10.
This year lunch is being catered by the Mid-America Grille.
A new addition will also be a Beer & Wine Garden in the Dam J.A.M. tent for after ride "cool down", as well as entertainment.
“We are very, very proud to partner with the Pryor Chamber to continue to produce this annual event,” McKee said. “It is one of the best ways we have to show off all of northeast Oklahoma and our great lakes and water resources,” she added.
“DAM J.A.M. showcases both our spectacular scenery and our wonderful people. Among bicyclists, we have gained the reputation of taking excellent care of our riders,” McKee said.
Hawkins said the event owes a huge debt of gratitude to its primary sponsors: MidAmerica Industrial Park, Grand River Dam Authority, Integrated Insurance Services, and Love Bottling. “We also thank the groups that staff rest stops, the people who spend the day driving the route with vehicles to pick up tired or insured cyclists or help with flat tires and slipped bike chains.
“Although it takes many people to make the event happen, it would be nearly impossible to accomplish without the area’s Amateur Radio Club operators and the Mayes County Sheriff’s Dept. They watch every route to make certain our cyclists have a safe trip.”
On-line registration is open until Wednesday, September 6, at 12 p.m.: $30.00. On-Site Registration: $40. Pre-registration is recommended. To register or for more information, contact the Pryor Chamber of Commerce at 918.825.0157 or visit pryorchamber.com.
“Many people do not know that Pryor is less than 50 miles from more than 2,500 miles of shoreline. That’s more shoreline than the entire eastern seaboard of our country, and DAM J.A.M. is a great way to experience it.”