History of Tour de Gruene
Will Rotzler, the founder and current director of the Tour de Gruene, was first introduced to the beauty of river road that serves as the backbone of the Tour de Gruene as a young lad. He traveled down River Road many times on his way home with his Dad after sailing in regattas at Canyon Lake. This knowledge of the road and his frequent commutes on weekends by bike to Texas State University further acquainted him with the beauty and charm of the area.
The Tour de Gruene began in 1984 when Will approached Mary Jane Nalley (Co-owner Gruene Hall/Grist Mill) about the possibility of hosting a 2 person Team Time Trial down beautiful River road. It was scheduled to coincide with Wurstfest and thus began a long and beautiful relationship for Cycling and Wurstfest. The event has taken place on the first weekend of Wurstfest since 1984 with the exceptions of the floods of 1998 and 2002. Because of the devastating fall floods below Canyon Dam those years, instead of hosting the cycling event, we formed volunteer cleanup crews consisting of organizers, volunteers, and past participants. We contributed to the local efforts to help clean up some of the damage along the river front properties.
Over the years proceeds from Tour de Gruene have benefited charitable organizations such as the LAF, American Cancer Society, and Friends of Rivers, American Red Cross and for the past few years the Sally M Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation. The Wurstfest organization has always contributed tickets and provided dignitaries “German Opahs” to kick off our event with their customary German apparel and opening remarks in both English and German.
The many bridges, waterfalls, rapids, limestone cliffs and exceedingly tall bald cypress trees make this one of the most unique road courses in Texas. The diversity of the people who ride and race can only be matched by the diversity of the many school, community, churches and other charities as well as military groups that support this event. We hope you will come and experience the original River Road Cycling event…. The Tour de Gruene!
Our Primary Charity:
Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation
Join us for a unique annual celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun! Located near the headwaters of the beautiful Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas! Here you’ll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It all happens at Wurstfest! For a complete schedule of Wurstfest events visit http://www.wurstfest.com
Tour de Gruene Bicycle Classic Tours
The 33rd Annual Tour de Gruene Fall Bicycle Classic begins on Saturday morning November 5th, 2016 at 8 am with the Recreational Tours hosted at the Lazy L & L Campground. Distances are 14, 28, 36, 48, 55, and 65 mile route choices. Tours are open to intermediate through advanced cyclists looking for a scenic and challenging ride along Central Texas hill country roads featuring majestic river road. All routes start and finish at the Lazy L&L on River Road with longer routes traveling to Canyon Lake and beyond. The tour is supported by police, EMS, shuttle vehicles, mechanics, and rest stops with assorted refreshments/restrooms located along the route approximately 10 miles apart. All participants receive a custom vintage style tee-shirt, a post-ride catered meal, and an entry into Wurstfest, one of the finest cultural festivals in the country featuring Bavarian food and entertainment. Our primary charity to benefit is the Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Foundation (SMKSR).
Tour de Gruene Bicycle Classic Time Trials
Time Trials are a competition of racers against a clock and starting at intervals spread out over time. Tour de Gruene will host the 9th Annual Tour de Gruene Individual Time Trial Bicycle Race on Saturday afternoon November 5th, 2016 with the first racer off at 2:00 pm. The 33rd Annual Two Person Team Time Trial Bicycle Race starts Sunday morning Nov. 6th, 2016 with the first racer off at 8:00 am. Both Time Trial events begin at the Lazy L & L campground on River Road. Both follow the same route as the tours from the previous day, with the Individual Time Trial ending at 15.5 miles out and the Team Time Trial completing the loop for 26.4 miles. Each participant will receive a unique professionally designed t-shirt, catered meal after the race, and a ticket into the Bavarian food and entertainment festival called Wurstfest to use that evening or anytime that week.
YOU DO NOT NEED A RACING LICENSE to enter our time trials. Competitive divisions are formed based upon gender, equipment (standard=Merckx, upgraded=Aero), Age, and also divided by ability within larger age groups. (The use of any aero equipment such as bars, wheels, accessories will place racer into an aero division) What is unique about our event is that we encompass Real Pros and Regular Joes. Start times are seeded by predicted average speed with slowest starting first and fastest going last due to safety considerations. Individuals and/or teams, start on a ramp with a minimum of 30 second intervals between competitors and begin their event racing down River Road. The Individual TT on Saturday will end after 15.5 miles. The Team TT on Sunday will complete the 26.4 mile loop. Awards to top 3 finishers per division. Overall trophies to top Category Winners. In the TTT on Sunday, two-person teams divisions register within one of the following categories: 2-men, 2-women, Co-Ed, Tandem Men, Tandem Women, and Tandem Co-Ed. Many racers enter into both time trials, and some also ride in the Rec Tours on Saturday morning with their families. Both time trial events are limited to 250 registration slots and traditionally sell out before online registration is slated to close. At that venture, we will create a waiting list for possible vacancies.
For clarification of anything on the website write to email@example.com or call/text to 210-493-5878. To discuss any aspect of the Time Trials, or just to find out more about time trialing in general, call Will Rotzler at (210) 862-3524.
All registration fees and collected contributions are non-refundable under any circumstance, including, without limitation, failure to participate in the TDG, for any reason, or the cancellation or rerouting of the TDG due to reasons beyond our control including road closures, floods, brush fires, toxic spills, dangerous weather, and general disasters. There IS AN OPTION TO TRANSFER your registration to another, and be refunded, IF you meet the transfer option deadline. See website for transfer option details.
Our Chosen Charity:
Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation
Wurstfest is a week-long celebration
November 2nd-11th, 2012
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Funny or Unusual Happenings
submitted by Team Time Trial Participant:
"OK - so this is the second time I've done this event. I don't compete anymore (kids, life, etc)... but a coworker convinced me to do it last year and it was fun. I don't take it seriously and just want to have fun... and the point of the story: Last year it was on (or near halloween) and there were two guys ahead of us that went. They were full on dressed up in bear suits. Some time in the middle of the course while I was suffering, we passed them. They were both on the side of the road in the wood, peeing.... "two bears peeing in the woods." it was THE FUNNIEST thing! In retrospect, I wish I had stopped and snapped a photo.