Ride Headquarters. HQ is the scenic Schreiner University in Kerrville. Consistent with our relaxed approach, we do not have a “mass start”. We do encourage riders to get on the road before 9ish, since our rest stop operating hours are based on riders starting at 8ish. Rest stop hours will be shown on the maps. At the start points, make new friends or meet up with old ones and ride at your own pace.
Routes. Routes are being finalized for the 2020 ride, using the expertise and secrets of the local area cycling community! Expect the delightful, scenic, low traffic roads that you have come to expect! We will be heading south to visit our old friend Eagle's Nest, and also east to the Wearing area. Sunday we will explore some new backroads and hill tops!
1) Maps and cue sheets will be sent to all registrants by approximately 3 weeks before the tour. We are finding that people increasingly do not want the 10 or so pages of paper that end up getting thrown away. (And yes, frankly it has gotten really expensive!) Save a tree and print the ones you really want if you need them.
2) More and more people are using GPS files on their smartphones or with a GPS computer like Garmin or Wahoo. In your on-line confirmation, we will provide download links to all routes at ridewithgps.com. RidewithGPS does not require users to register or pay any additional fees, freely permits downloading gpx & tcx format files to multiple GPS-compatible cycling computers, and is easy to update if/when routes change.
3) Color-coded arrows matching the paper maps will be placed on the roads before and at all turns. Note that in case of rain (or mischievous residents), these can vanish.
ALL RIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR CPSC APPROVED SAFETY HELMETS
Be Prepared: Friday and Saturday rides will be supported with rest stops and SAG vehicles, but you should keep in mind that help cannot be everywhere at once. Sunday is on your own and not supported. You should carry a tire repair kit (incl. spare tube, patches and tire levers), a pump or CO2 inflator, water, snacks, and some basic first aid supplies. We have done everything possible to scout safe routes, and will do our best to mark hazards such as rough road surfaces, cattle guards and low water crossings that may be slick. We reserve the right to detour routes if water levels at low-water crossings are too dangerous to cross.
Obey Traffic Laws: Cyclists are required to obey the Texas State laws that pertain to bicycles. The bicycle is considered a vehicle in the State of Texas and the rider is responsible to obey ALL traffic laws, including stopping at all stop signs and red lights. Slower vehicles should be on the right side of the road, but not so close to the edge that it might cause motorists to try to pass when it is unsafe to do so. Be predictable in your actions and courteous to the other drivers who are sharing their roads with us.
Pace Lines: Be careful when riding in pace lines with other riders, especially if you are unfamiliar with the riding styles of those riders. Any slight change of speed or direction could cause a serious accident, and an unannounced cattle guard could end your ride in an instant.
Be Polite: Remember that we are guests in the Kerrville area for the weekend. Be kind and courteous to our hosts so we will be welcomed back on future visits