LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Cyclists across the country are arriving in Little Rock this week, getting ready for the Big Dam Bridge 100. The riders have been picking up packet info for the race but the Arkansas weather has a little summer surprise for them.
Even though Thursday is the first official day of fall, the weather still feels like it's summer. The high for 2015's race was a warm 88 degrees, but this year's race is expected to be a few degrees warmer. But will the difference be a factor in the riders' performance?
"With the heat it always presents a little extra challenge," said cyclist Scotti Lechuga. "Your heart rate gets a little higher and your body temperature elevates. So, any strategies that you have whether it's ice in your bottles or ice on your back or neck is going to help a ton."
While heat may pose a challenge so too does colder weather. Lechuga recalled a year wear cyclists started the race with more clothes on than normal.
The Big Dam Bridge 100 starts on Saturday, September 24 where a slew of riders will compete both casually and competitively.