About Tour de Gruene

About Tour de Gruene

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.

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!

Tour de Gruene Bicycle Classic Tours

The Annual Tour de Gruene Fall Bicycle Classic Recreational Tours take place on the first Saturday of Wurstfest week. The tours are hosted from the Lazy L & L Campground. Route choices vary in length and difficulty. 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. 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 pre-registered adult participants receive a custom vintage style tee-shirt, a post-ride catered meal, and an entry into Wurstfest, 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 the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment as well as good food and German, Texan and domestic beers. For a complete schedule of Wurstfest events visit www.wurstfest.com

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 Time Trials are slated to take place in the Spring of 2018. Both Individual and Team (2 person) Time Trial events receive a catered meal during the awards banquet. No racing license is needed to enter our time trials. Team competition categories are 2-men, 2-women, Co-Ed, and Tandem divisions.Competitive divisions are formed based upon gender, equipment (standard=Merckx, upgraded=Aero), Age, and also divided by ability within larger age groups. 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.  In both the ITT and the TTT, awards are presented to the top 3 finishers per age division. Overall trophies to Category Winners. To discuss any aspect of the Time Trials, or to find out more about time trialing in general, call Will Rotzler at (210) 862-3524.

Charities:

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. Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation. www.knockoutsarcoma.org  We also contribute to local church, civic and school organizations.