2016 Individual Time Trial Information


Add your name to the list to be notified when registration opens.  The Individual Time Trial Event is limited to the first 250 entrants.






contact event information      registration@tourdegruene.com


Tour de Gruene 2016 will once again race along beautiful River Road. Surrounded by limestone cliffs and encircled by the Guadalupe River it’s hard to imagine a more scenic start location than the Lazy L & L valley property. It is a time to enjoy the camaraderie alongside fellow cyclists who share your love of cycling the magnificent central Texas countryside.

Individual Time Trials are a competition but no racing license is required. Racers begin from a starting ramp and start 30 to 60 seconds apart and then race 15.5 miles against the clock for awards in approximately 45 different gender, equipment, age, and ability divisions. Racers will be seed started according to their predicted average mph for the course. 

Our Post Ride Celebration will include a catered dinner awards ceremony under the spacious and modern pavilion at the Lazy L & L. Horseshoes, washers and sand volleyball courts surround the pavilion. Like to camp or RV? Reserve a site through L & L and gather with other cyclists along the river for the weekend.

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. And of course our classic, quality t-shirts featuring a graphic from a repurposed vintage posters as redesigned by Roger Christian and Company rc-co for our event.

We look forward to seeing everyione in November for a spectacular race and fun gathering. The Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation of New Braunfels is our chosen charity.
G  E  N  E  R  A  L       I  N  F  O  R  M  A  T  I  O  N

The 2016 Individual Time Trial Route
 15.5 miles in length.
 Along the same course as last year 
 Start is located at Lazy L & L on River Road.
 Route goes south on River Road and all right hand turns
 Route has 995 feet of climbing
 Finish is not at the start (map link)
  • To return you may continue forward 12.5 miles to complete the loop
     returning to the Lazy L&L venue  (preferred)
  • Or, take for a shuttle  (there will be wait times)

Divisions are Formed After Registration Closes
 No racing license required to race
 Open to 250 individuals
 Four components to are considered in forming each division:
   • Gender  (Men, Women)
   • Equipment (Aero or Merckx)
   • Age of the racer
   • Predicted Average Speed on the course

Race Procedures
 Five minutes prior to appointed start time is customary to line-up
 Racer's official time begins at the appointed start time, whether
    racer is present or not
 Late starts are coordinated in the "Late Start Lane"
    located on ground level beside the start ramps
    • Arriving late may mean waiting until the racer currently
      on the ramp has been started by the official
    • No matter how late, an official MUST start each racer
 Time is recorded from racer’s appointed start time, to the
    leading edge of the front wheel when crossing the finish line
 Tour de Gruene awards are presented to top times in each
    • Quantity of prizes is dependent upon total entries per division.
    • Typically 3 places per division
    • Typically over 40 divisions

 Drafting other vehicles, racers, and not completing the entire
    course will result in penalties or disqualification
 Warming up will be only to the north on River road, or in the
    Ponderosa Subdivision  (MAP to PONDEROSA)
 Placement of race numbers will be detailed later

R E G I S T R A T I O N        S C H E D U L E

Be notified when registration opens:
Each racer receives:
    • Supported race (police at intersections)
    • Free parking in venue area
    • Collector shirt in size ordered
    • Admission Ticket into Wurstfest
    • Awards dinner catered by Lazy L & L
    • 1 shower token (6 min) upon request  @ packet pickup
      from the poster sales table
 Earlier you enter, the lower the entry fee

B E F O R E     Y O U    R E G I S T E R

Merckx or Aero Equipment Racing Division?
 Aero division:
    • racer displays any one of the following:
       aero helmet, aero bars, skinsuit, shoe covers, disc wheels,
       or rims deeper than 30mm
 Merckx division:
   • no aero helmet, aero bars, or skinsuit 
   • no shoe covers unless it is below 50 degrees
    rim depth less than or = to 30mm
   • Foil, Venge, Madone, F8,S5,SL,CF,TMR01 are Merckx frames
   • Call for clarification (210) 862-3524
   • Merckx racers discovered to be Aero will be moved into
     the Ride for Time Division (no divisional awards)
 Racer may switch 
by logging back into  
    https://myevents.active.com if done before event closes out

Accuracy on estimating MPH ability
 When a MPH estimate of speed average will be needed. Be accurate to within one tenth.  XX.X
   • Racer can change estimated mph speed at any time before
     registration closes by going into his/her account:
   • Be as accurate with this mph estimate to have fair divisions
     and prevent sandbags icons in the results
   • Click HERE for mph calculator if you do not utilize a
 YOU MAY NOT CHANGE YOUR MPH after registration closes

 We anticipate the shirt style to be "fashion fit" sizing
     •  which means typically more snug    
     •  if snug is not to your liking .... size up
 TripleX sized shirts and youth sizes may be of a different
       fabric and color but the graphic will be the same
 DoubleX and TripleX shirts can be special ordered during
      online registration

Minor Children Registration
 Children under 18 (minors) must be registered by their adult legal
    guardian using a “Minor release form”
    •  Form will be available here on November 1st


A F T E R     Y O U     R E G I S T E R

Confirmation Email:
 After registering online, active.com will send a confirmation
    email within minutes.   If not received:
    • Check junk or spam mail folder
    • Log into 
https://myevents.active.com  account to confirm
       registration was accepted, then
    • contact Active to discuss problem
         877-228-4881  Active Support Phone
 Major event updates will be communicated via email so you need
       to clear up any email blocks

 If you are unable to connect with active.com or need additional
       event information, write to registration@tourdegruene.com
 Racer can preview registration for accuracy anytime prior to
        registration closing by going to 
 For specific race or route questions you may call (210) 862-3524

Packet Pick-up Form/Waiver:
 Packet pickup form-waivers will be posted here on October 30th
    • Adult Individual Time Trial waiver
    • Minor Child Individual Time Trial waiver (under 18)
 Print the Form-Waiver:
    • Form must have good ink distribution and be printed on one page
    • poor print quality or alterations of the form will not be accepted
    • Read the liability release form and if you agree, sign and
       date the form
    • Late notifications of changes that result in division changes move
       a racer into the Ride for Time division (no age graded awards)
    • Official list posted on October 30th, including
 race numbers and 
       start times
    • Write your Ride Number in the box on the bottom right corner
    • Write your Start time on the form back
 Packet pickup is faster if you arrive with pre-filled form
 If you do not have a printer, waiver forms will available at
     packet pickup
 May pick up a friend’s pre-registered packet IF:
    • they provide you with their waiver  - signed and completed
    • confirm their physical address including zip code and mobile
       phone# entered during registration

Packet Pick-up Locations/Times
 Wednesday, November 2nd from 4-9pm  a Bike World 1604
         **** KICK OFF PARTY **** & Optional Packet Pickup
    • Hosted at San Antonio Bike World 1604  map
    • Amazing FEAST prepared by Bike World co-owner Bill Simons!
    • food donated by Whole Foods Market.
    • Bike World offers 15% discount to riders during the party
    • Park in the shopping center just prior to Bike World
    • Parking on the access road may result in being towed
    • Bonus!! -- First 100 people to show up at Bike World wearing
       any previous year Tour de Gruene shirt -- will get a free
       small 2016 poster!
    • Bring your completed Form/Waiver to speed your processing
 Saturday, November 7th   
8:00 am - 8:45 am  
    • Lazy L & L Pavilion  (Directions)
    • 8:00 - 9:00 am  then reopens at 1:00 pm thru last start time
    • Bring your completed Form/Waiver to speed your processing!
 Saturday, November 7th     1:00 pm - thru last racer
    • Lazy L & L Pavilion
Race Maps
 View the ITT route here (link)
 We do not upload official maps to the website for printing until
    we are nearer the event date as a route could change due
    to construction or unforeseen safety concerns
 We ask racers to print their own map because
    • Many riders use only GPS devices and download
       MapMyRide maps
    • Racers study the maps ahead of time and most were observed
      discarding maps from their packets

Commemorative Posters
 Collector Commemorative posters are composed each year by RC-CO
    • http://www.rc-co.com
    • 2016 poster/shirt artwork has not been revealed yet
 Commemorative posters are available in limited supply at
      packet pickup
    • $10 current year, $5 previous year
    • CASH only (no checks or plastic)
    • Remaining posters from previous years will be available for purchase
    • Posters cannot be mailed or purchased online

Lazy L&L Campground, host site of Tour de Gruene
    Join the Party! Stay all night! Or both nights! Or longer!
    • Overnight Tent and RV spaces available 
    • Call 830-964-3455  for reservation information
    • http://www.lazylandl.com 
  Summit Resort -   1 mile from event
    • Villas, Cabins and more 
    • Event Special:  10% off
    • Call  (830) 964-2531 for reservation information
    • www.summitresorttexas.com

Other Area Lodging
Link to pdf of cabins/lodges by proximity to Lazy L & L
Link to same doc in excel format for ease in navigating
 New Braunfels C of C Listings
    • www.innewbraunfels.com/visit/stay
 Interactive Map Listings:
    • http://goo.gl/maps/5NxHl

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)
From I-35 North
From I-35 South
From I-10 East
From 281 at  46
From 281 at  306

Parking Procedures
 Parking is included in your entry and will be in the grassy roped
    off area through the south entrance of the Lazy L & L Property
 Driving into other areas of Lazy L & L is not permitted without a
    camp reservation.
 Entrances at the Lazy L & L
   • If you do reserve a day or night campsite, you will enter through
     the most northern entrance to the Lazy L & L

Lunch for Online Registrants
 Lunch and non-alcoholic drink ticket is included with online
   • If a meatless option is desired, you may indicate so during your
    online registration
   • Additional meal tickets for family members MUST be purchased
    during online registration

Alcoholic Beverages
 Lazy L & L sells 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

 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 ($10 value)
   • Wurstfest runs November 4th thru the 12th, 2016
   • www.wurstfest.com
   • Wurstfest is about a 30 minute drive from Tour de Gruene by way
       of Hwy 306  (faster than taking River Road)
   • Map link from TdG to Wurstfest via Sattler

Ride for the 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

Placement of race numbers
 Pin your number on your lower center back over
    your jersey pockets (or lower center back on your
    skinsuit... where your shorts meet your saddle)

You may TRANSFER your registration
    If for any reason you cannot race once you have entered there
    is no refund, however, we may allow you to transfer that
    registration to a friend, relative or co-worker and be refunded
    by active.com in that process 
 Transfer/Refund option is not allowed once divisions are made
 Contact registration at tourdegruene.com for more info

Helmet Requirement  
 At all times when participating in Tour de Gruene and 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:
    • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard Z90.4
    • Snell Memorial Foundation Standard "B" or "N" serie
    • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard F-1447
    • Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard CAN/CSA-D113.2-M
    • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
    • European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

Photography by RxDesign
    • RxDesign will upload photographs in the week following the event
    • Pictures from previous Tour de Gruene years can also be
       found on his website
    • Contact RxDesign with any questions about your event photography

If inclement weather
 Rain or shine, the Tour de Gruene will go on as long as there is
    no flooding, eminent thunderstorms or other weather conditions
    that may delay the start of the tours, or cancel them depending on
    their severity and intensity.
 Be prepared and bring a water proof shell or cycling jacket. If the
    forecast calls for lower temperatures arm warmers, leg warmers,
    and gloves are also recommended
 Information about delays or cancellations will be placed on the
    website  www.tourdegruene.com
 There will be no refunds for cancellations



What if I need to adjust my mph estimate?
It is imperative that this estimate be accurate for hosting a safe
event and reducing sandbag nomenclature in the results
Instructions on how to change my mph
May I transfer my entry to someone else?
 Review this section
What if I find I am unable to ride after I register?
There are no refund options - Unless - 
 It is before the event has closed out online. If so, you may
    transfer your registration to a friend, family or co-worker and
    be refunded (see instructions HERE).
 If after event closes out, there are no transfers/refund options.
May I change shirt size after I register online?
 Shirt size change requests must be emailed to:
    • registration@tourdegruene.com
 A designated SWAP table at packet-pickup will allow shirt swaps
    • SWAP shirts are different fabric but same graphic.
    • Swap Option is available while quantities last
Can I purchase additional shirts?
 Additional shirts may be purchased at the Lazy L&L
 if shirts remain
 Shirts from previous years (as available) may be purchased at
    reduced prices (cash only-no checks/plastic)
Can my packet, shirt and/or Wurstfest ticket be mailed?
 We do not mail items to entrants
    • Have someone pick up your packet for you
    • They will need your signed release form with ride#, email,
       and physical address to claim
    • Please note that you may enter Wurstfest free on opening
       night Friday, November 4th until 7pm

Will there be an ATM on site?
 There is not an ATM on site, however, one is located at the Valero
     station 3 miles north of the start/finish
    • Map from TdG to Valero Station in Sattler

Are there showers on site?
 Yes. There are 4 different bath houses.
    • One 6 minute shower token supplied at packet pickup upon request
    • Get your token from the poster sales table 
    • location of showers:  http://www.lazylandl.com/pdf/camp_map.pdf

What is Historic Gruene?
 Gruene is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and
    many of the buildings that were rescued have been awarded a
    Texas medallion from the Texas Historical Commission. It is
    recognized by the Texas travel industry as a premiere
    attraction for visitors.
    •The main focus of Gruene is bona fide Texas. Everything from the
      wares they sell to the music they play speaks to providing its
      guests with an experience that has the signature seal of the
      Lone Star State.
    • Gruene is about a 20 minute drive from Tour de Gruene
    • Map from TdG to Gruene by way of Hwy 306 (faster than taking
      River Road)

Is Tour de Gruene going ‘Green’?
 Tour de Gruene has always worked “Towards Zero Waste (TZW)”.
    Reducing the amount of items that end up in recycling and compost
    along with (and especially) the landfill is our goal. Re-using items as
    many times as possible before they are discarded is great too.
 The owners of Lazy L & L property take extreme pride in keeping
    their property looking the way nature intended – trash free!  Please
    help us to demonstrate to the Lazy L & L staff that the cyclist
    community respects the environment in which they ride and is 
    pro-active when it comes to recycling or disposing of trash properly


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