Riders doing 100 miles will start at 7:30 am. Riders for all other distances will ride out at 7:45 am. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to start to insure that you are ready to ride out on time.
Packet pick up will be on Friday, September 23 from 10:00 am to 9:00 PM at Sun & Ski, 2438 W Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757. You can also pick up your packet and turn in any additional funds the morning of the ride. Each INDIVIDUAL rider must meet the fundraising minimum in order to pick up your ride packet.
If you check in on Friday, you do not need to check in again at the ride. Just be sure to wear your wristband the morning of the ride, that’s your ticket in. This year, they will be color coded to the route you have indicated you want to do so you will know which color arrows to follow. If you change your mind about the route, be sure to note the correct color to follow.
What’s In Your Packet
There will be motivational signs and directional route arrows on the pavement to guide you. Each route will have it’s own color to make it easy to stay on course.
These awesome volunteers are usually EMTs and are there to help you in the unlikely event of an injury or emergency. We’ll have folks on the route and at each rest stop.
Rest stops are conveniently located every 15 to 20 miles and will be fully stocked with water, fruit, snack bars,& sports drink. Be sure to hydrate and stretch at each one.
You will more than likely see local police slowing traffic at busy intersections, leading cyclists along the route and giving the okay to turn when sight distance is limited.
Support And Gear (SAG) Volunteers will patrol the route and assist the weary, broken down, or injured cyclist. They’ll be decorated or marked in some way if you need help.
Mechanics will be at rest stops to help if you break down, but please bring a few basic items such as a tool set and a spare tube. SAG will take you to the nearest stop if you need help.
As soon as routes are finalized we will update the links to electronic maps for each of the five routes. We’ll also have printed copies of the map with cue sheets at the ride in case you need them. In the meantime, you can view last year’s routes via the links below.
We use route arrows which are placed on the pavement and color coded for each distance rather than using directional signs which can be moved by mischief makers. So just look for your color and follow the arrows on the road!
Roads are not shut down for this event. Warning signs are posted and every precaution has been taken to insure that vehicles using the same roads are aware of the event and increased cyclist presence on the road that day. Please remember, a person on a bike is considered a vehicle and has to abide by all laws regulating vehicles on TX Roads
Check out the resources from our friends at Bike Austin! Bike Austin improves quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation. Bike Austin is the voice of the bicycling community. Join the Movement for Better Bicycling. Become a member. http://bikeaustin.org/
If you are turning left, use the left turn lane. If you are not comfortable with this, walk or cautiously ride your bike through an intersection using crosswalks and following lights. Watch for cars turning right – drivers turning right generally check only for cars, not pedestrians or cyclists.
Many accidents are caused when cyclists are going faster than circumstances dictate. Always control your speed. Some braking tips: