Tour de Gruene Recreational Tours


First Saturday in November - Start/Finish at the Lazy L & L on River Road in New Braunfels (Between Austin and San Antonio)



REGISTRATION INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

AFTER YOU ARE REGISTERED

LODGING

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DIRECTIONS TO TOUR DE GRUENE

TOUR SCHEDULE

Lazy L & L

Tour de Gruene Recreational Tours

Tour de Gruene Fall Bicycle Classic hosts cycling tours and competitive time trials along beautiful River Road in New Braunfels, Texas. Surrounded by limestone cliffs and encircled by the Guadalupe River it’s hard to imagine a more scenic location than the Lazy L & L Campground valley property. 

The Recreational Tour receives medical and mechanical support as well as relaxation stations with restrooms and refreshments. Major intersections are controlled by officers. Our Post Ride Celebration will include music and a catered lunch under the spacious and modern pavilion at the Lazy L & L. Also included in your entry is a ticket into Wurstfest – a local German festival with good food and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian style entertainment.

Participants can either sign up for a tour or a Time Trial, or both if you enter a short tour. Our intent is that you have a full day of enjoyment with a scenic tour of magnificent central Texas, followed by an enjoyable lunch, topped off with a free ticket into the Bavarian entertainment offered at Wurstfest. Gather with other cyclists for a complete weekend of comradery beside the river with like-minded folks by reserving an RV or campsite today with the Lazy L&L.

We look forward to seeing you the first weekend in November for a spectacular event. Our chosen charity to benefit is the Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation of New Braunfels.

Tours Schedule:

Link to Ride Routes Page

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration has not yet opened for the 2019 event.

 

TOURS GENERAL INFORMATION

Support During the Tour:

  • Directional signage is strategically placed along the course to ensure that riders know where to turn at all intersections
  • View MapMyRide links from Maps page as well as printable maps maps page 
  • Tour de Gruene employs Professional off-duty Police, Deputies and DPS officers in directing traffic at intersections
  • Rest Stops spaced approximately every 10 miles with fresh fruit, plentiful selection of snacks, fluids, first aid and toilet
  • Strongly suggested you give your bike a full maintenance checkup prior to the ride
  • SAG support is intended for those with transport needs due to mechanical or minor medical needs; it is not a taxi service.
Medical support
  • Minor Mechanical Assistance available at key rest stops and prior to the start at Lazy L&L
  • For all major medical emergency needs, call 911

Helmet Requirement:

At all times when mounted on a bicycle you must wear a securely fastened helmet that meets either the US DOT helmet standards or one of the following standards:

Dog Policy

  • Pets are not allowed on the Lazy L & L grounds.
  • If you plan to ride with your pet on your bike, write to registration@tourdegruene.com for special permission; however; note that due to liability issues, there is a no-dog policy on the Lazy L&L premises which means the pet must reside in your vehicle or kenneled when on the premises

AFTER YOU REGISTER 

Confirmation Email:

After registering online, active.com will send you a confirmation email within minutes to the email you registered under. If you do not receive that email:

Many event communications will be via email so you need to clear up any email problems with active or your mail service

 

Packet Pickup
  • At the Lazy L&L under their pavillion
  • 6:30-8:45 a.m. event morning
  • Speedy pickup if you follow directions for printing your own waiver
  • If coming in early on Friday, Wurstfest has free admittance until 7 pm as it is their Opening Night
  • There is no packet pickup prior to event morning
  • See form info below.

 

Pre-Registered Form-Waiver Directions:

LINKS TO DOWNLOAD WAIVER FORMS WILL BE LINKED HERE AT THE CLOSE OF ONLINE REGISTRATION.

  • Form must have good ink distribution and be printed on one page
  • In your print options, enable "Fit to Page"
  • Poor print quality, alterations of the form, or reduced copies will not be accepted
  • Read the liability release form and if you agree, sign and date the form 

Form will be linked here at the close of online registration to obtain your ride number.

  • Write your Bib Number in the box on the bottom right of your form.
  • Packet pickup is fast if you arrive with your form in hand

Friend is Picking up your Packet?

  • Provide your friend with your SIGNED AND DATED WAIVER to bring to packet pickup (waiver link is above for printing)
  • Print your full mailing address (including zip code) and phone# on the back of your waiver form.
  • Print your friend's name on the back or your waiver (they should include their ride # if they are riding)
  • Friend will be required to show picture ID to verify the recipient of the packet

Route Maps

  • On the Tours Recreation MAPS page, you can view the MapMyRide routes and Printable Maps.
  • PRINT YOUR OWN MAPS 
  • MAPS ARE NOT PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION

Lodging:  

Camp with us at our host site - the Lazy L & L Campground

 

New Braunfels Outdoor Adventures:

  • Rent a camper from NBOA and they will set it up for you at the Lazy L&L campsite you reserve
  • Campers sleep 6-8 people so join with others to split the cost
  • Enjoy the convenience of being "on site" throughout the event weekend
  • Requires a 2-night stay.  Come in on Friday night, Tour on Saturday and Wurstfest Sat. night!
  • Call 210-834-9787 for camper rental information
  • http://nboutdooradventures.com
  • Mention Tour de Gruene and receive 20% off of current rates!

 

Summit Resort -1 mile from event Villas, Cabins and more

Other Area Lodging

 

Directions to the Tour de Gruene at the Lazy L & L

To facilitate traffic flow and parking procedures all vehicles are requested to enter Lazy L&L from the north (Sattler)

 

Parking Procedures

  • Parking is included in your entry 
  • Please allow 30” extra time for arriving at the event during peak travel time 
  • When entering from the north, enter through GATE 3 (see diagram)

 

Driving into back riverfront areas of Lazy L & L is not permitted without a prior reservation. 

  • If you do have a campsite/rv reservation- enter through the first entrance from the north www.lazylandl.com

 

Staging for your Tour

  • Staging in a stratified manner allows the most time to the longest distance riders to complete the route in the time allotted.
  • Locate signage identifying your tour distance
  • Stage within your tour distance groupto decrease congestion
  • Riders planning to ride a fast pace stage at the front of the grid
  • Riders who plan to ride a moderate pace stage in the middle

 

Riders that will be riding a leisurely pace stage at the back

Lunch for Online Registrants

  • Lunch will be served under the Lazy L & L pavilion.
  • Tear-off lunch ticket is attached to the bottom of your ride number if you registered ONLINE 
  • Additional meal tickets for family members may be purchased during online registration only

 

Alcoholic Beverages

  • Lazy L & L sell wine and beer in addition to other food product in their store and at the Pavilion
  • They accept all major credit cards except American Express.
  • No checks.
  • Bring the proper ID

 

Wurstfest!!

  • Enjoy music, dancing, carnival rides, games, food, adult beverages,and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment
  • Use your ticket included in your entry for free admittance ($15 value)
  • For additional Wurstfest tickets, OR to purchase Wurstfest drink tickets click HERE
  • Wurstfest runs every day through the next Sunday following our event.
  • Wursthalle, 178 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78130 www.wurstfest.com
  • Wurstfest is about a 30 minute drive from Tour de Gruene by way of Hwy 306 (faster than taking River Road)

 

Primary Charity:

Sally M. Kingsbury Cancer Research Foundation Sally Kingsbury was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher, friend and pillar of the New Braunfels community who lost her life to Sarcoma. Friends and family started the foundation with a mission to fund research facilities dedicated to finding a cure for sarcoma.  knockoutsarcoma.org 

 

Photography by RxDesign: www.RxDesign.com

  • RxDesign will upload photographs in the week following the event
  • Pictures from previous Tour de Gruene years can also be foundon his website
  • Please display your helmet ride # on the front of your helmet.This number is required for ID at rest/mechanical stops and will also be used by event photgraphers.
  • Contact RxDesign: jspring@RXDESIGN.com
  • View Pictures from 2017

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Maximum time to finish? Is that just a suggestion?

A Tour schedule chart for starting and finishing is posted on this page.All event personnel are on a schedule. Police, EMT,mechanics, Sag vans, rest stop volunteers, and lunch catering all work according to the time expectations in the schedule.Select a route that you can ride and keep up with the minimumpace expectation while remembering that the longer courses are the most challenging. Also, if you tend to spend more than 10minutes at rest stops, you may need to select a shorter route inorder to finish within the expected time limits. To ride in a supported ride, and to get back in time to receive the includedmeal, participants need to choose rides according to the pacethey can maintain.Tour de Gruene longer routes are, by design, intended for the more trained riders. Also to note, the finishtimes on the chart reflect stopping at every available rest stop for 10 minutes each. 

What if I find I want to change routes after I register?

You are permitted to change your route distance at any time. You do not need to notify us of your route change as you are responsible for printing your own map choices. SAG support is intended for those needing mechanical or medical. Routes get hillier and harder as they get longer If you get to a crossroads and are more tired than you thought you would be, take the shorter route to return to Lazy L & L Suggested that you download several map choices. 

What if an adult who enters cannot come but has a friend who would like to come in their place?

Have the replacement fill out this form in its entirety putting your ride number where it asks. PRINT THIS TRANSFER FORM, instead of the regular waiver, for entering the event under a TRANSFER process.  

 

How difficult is the route?

  • All the routes (except the 14mile tour) are challenging and feature moderate to extreme climbs. The routes also feature fun-filled descents down canyons. There is a combination of flat and rolling hill terrain. The longer routes are intended for the more experienced and conditioned riders.

 

The 14 miles tour is an out and back. How does that work? 

  • The14mile tour will party down at the Hueco Springs rest stop (half-way point) until most have arrived—and then they will have a slow release start for the return.

 

Will there be an ATM on site?

 

Are there showers on site?

  • Yes. There are 4 different bath houses. Obtain a free shower token from registration

 

Weather Clause

If weather delays the start or precludes the event from beginning or finishing, or if the routes are changed or shortened due to unforeseeable issues, notification will be first via the MOBILE-ALERT-TEXT-SERVICE number that you were encouraged to provide during your online registration process. Should the event have to be cancelled; there are no refunds as the event expenses must still be paid - and our charities will receive benefits as well. A third party insurance program through Allianz Global Assistance is offered to all active.com event registrants at the time of their checkout. Tour de Gruene has no involvement with this process, nor do we benefit. If interested, we suggest you study their policy prior to registering to learn if it is something you will want to add to your cart at checkout. 

 


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