From the onset, gray clouds threatened the 2014 Possum Pedal, but that didn't stop 300 riders from coming out to enjoy Graham and the surrounding area.

“I just like to have a good time,”  Fort Worth resident Jerelyn Grader said. “It's fresh air and open road and country scenes, and it's just awesome to be out here.”

A little rain fell right before the race started, but the rest of the race was dry.
Riders take off from the intersection of Oak and Third in Graham for the start of Possum Pedal.
Riders take off from the intersection of Oak and Third in Graham for the start of Possum Pedal. (Casey Holder)


The threat of rain affected the last minute registration numbers, Graham Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Conway said. Last year's ride featured about 375 participants, a little more than 20 percent over this year's numbers.

“But you know what, I'll trade this rain for a little less registration any day,” she said.

Even though registration numbers were down from last year, this year's ride brought in the Possum Pedal record for longest road traveled to attend. A rider from the Netherlands participated in the now staple area event, as did a rider from Los Angeles. Before this year, Louisiana was the farthest anyone had come for Possum Pedal, according to Conway.

While Renee Lawson didn't have to travel halfway across the world to ride, she found the 61 mile drive from Bowie worth every minute.

“I've always admired Graham,” she said. “It's a clean, nice little town. It's not too big, but yet it's big enough that it's got all the amenities that the larger places have got. I've come through here hundreds of times over the years and I've always admired Graham.”

Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.