Ride Day Information

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

409 Main Street in Martindale, TX

Schedule

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.

  • 5:30 AM: Volunteers Arrive
  • 7:15 AM: 100 milers stage
  • 7:25 AM: National Anthem
  • 7:30 AM: 100 milers START
  • 7:30 AM: All other distances stage
  • 7:45 AM: All other distances START
  • 8:45 AM: Kids K stage for start
  • 8:45 AM: 100 Mile turn off CLOSES
  • 9:00 AM: Kids K STARTS
  • 9:00 AM: Vendor Move-In
  • 9:00 AM: 100 Mile OPEN
  • 9:30 AM: Kids K return
  • 10:00 AM: Vendors OPEN
  • 10:30 AM: Lunch OPENS
  • 4:00 PM: Last rider expected
  • 4:00 PM: Lunch CLOSES (Last rider arrives or 4PM, whichever is earliest)
  • 4:00 PM: Vendors CLOSE
  • 4:30 PM: Venue CLOSES
  • 5:00 PM: Main Street re-opened
  • 6:00 PM: Martindale Volunteer Fire Department Annual Silent Auction and BBQ

Ride Check-In /Packet Pick Up

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

  • Rider Information Packet
  • Route Maps
  • Wristband
  • Lunch Voucher
  • Drink Tickets
  • Rider Numbers (Helmet & Bike Tags too)
  • Goodies from Sponsors

We’ve Got Your Back!

Route Arrows
Ride Signs

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.

Medics at the Mamma Jamma Ride to beat breast cancer
Medics

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.

Mardi Gras themed rest stop
Rest Stops

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.

Police escorts at the Mamma Jamma Ride
Police Officers

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.

SAG
SAG (Support & Gear)

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.

Mechanical Support
Mechanical Support

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.

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What To Bring

Stuff You Must Bring

  • Your bicycle!  Be sure to get it checked out by a mechanic.  There are a number of great bike shops in town who can help.
  • A bike helmet.  ANSI, CPCS, or ASTM approved please.
  • Water bottle or container. You can refill at water stops along the way but you should plan on about 16 oz for every hour.

Stuff You Should Bring

  • Tire change kit and a spare tire in case of a flat tire.
  • Bike frame tire pump or CO2 canisters
  • Sun-block
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike shorts and Jersey – Look and feel cool and comfy plus padded shorts will make your underbits much happier with you.
  • Change of clothes for after the ride
  • A bag for your bike clothes
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!
  • Helmet
  • Bike
  • Tire
  • Water Bottle

Great family fun

Ride Routes

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!

15 Miles

31 Miles

46 miles

63 Miles

100 Miles

Route Arrows Follow Your Color

Safety

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

Rules & Tips

  • Ride on the right side of the road, in the direction of traffic.
  • Obey traffic laws. Stop at all stop signs and obey traffic signals.
  • Signal turns by pointing with your arm in the direction you’re turning.
  • Share the road.
  • To signal you need help from SAG tap the top of your head or helmet OR pull over to the side of the road and take off your helmet to indicate you need assistance. A thumbs up signal signifies that all is well.
  • Do not wear an i-Pod or any other device that interferes with your hearing.
  • Wear bright clothing.
  • And last but not least…

Resources To Help You Get More Comfortable on Your Bike.

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/join/

Communicate your intentions to other riders by calling out warnings in a loud voice.

Left Turns

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.

Braking

Many accidents are caused when cyclists are going faster than circumstances dictate. Always control your speed. Some braking tips:

  • Use front and rear brakes simultaneously. Using only front brakes could send you over the handlebars.
  • On long or steep downhills, pumping your brakes will keep them from over-heating or locking up.
  • Use extra caution in downhill corners where there can be gravel, potholes, or unseen obstacles.

Road Position

  • Ride as far to the right of your lane as is safe, but far enough out to avoid being struck by opening car doors.
  • Ride in as straight a line as possible so motorists can pass you safely.
  • Ride NO MORE than 2 abreast.
  • Do NOT weave in and out between cars in or alongside of the road. Hold your line.
  • Do not pass cars on the right at red lights. (It’s illegal and forces cars to pass you again when the light changes.)
  • Watch for people in the driver’s seat of a parked car. They may open the door suddenly or pull into traffic.
  • Always stop and look left-right-left before entering traffic.
  • Watch for cars that pass you and cut you off by making an immediate right.

This site has some more important advice for inexperienced, uncertain, or rusty cyclists. http://bikeleague.org/ridesmartvideos 4 Hour Safety Course for Cyclists http://www.bikeed.org/

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