Tour de Gruene Recreational Tours

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 -- Start/Finish at the Lazy L & L on River Road in New Braunfels (Between Austin and San Antonio)

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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.Tour de Gruene is an amazing ride – offering six different tour routes between 14 and 66 miles.

Recreational Tours receive medical and mechanical support as well as relaxation stations approximately every 10 miles with restrooms and refreshments. Most 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. And we are proud to say that we have one of the best event t-shirts in the state that always features are-purposed vintage cycling graphic redesigned by Roger Christian & Company.

Tour de Gruene is a time to enjoy the camaraderie alongside fellow cyclists who share your love of touring the magnificent central Texas countryside.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. Current Event rates are posted below in the Registration Information section. We look forward to seeing you in November for a spectacular ride. Our chosen charity to benefit is the Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation of New Braunfels.

Tours Schedule:


Link to Ride Routes Page



ONLINE REGISTRATION is not yet open.  Click on the button at the top of this page to be added to the NOTIFICATION LIST to stay informed when registration will open at the lowest rate!
ONLINE Registration closed October 25th at 8 pm

WALKUP Registrations will be accepted on event morning from 6:30 to 10:00



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:

  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard Z90.4
  • Snell Memorial Foundation Standard “B” or “N” series
  • 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) standard
  • European Committee for Standardization (CEN) standard


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 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




Confirmation Email:

After registering online, 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 Pick-up for Pre-Registrants:

  • At the Lazy L&L under their pavillion
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 6:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Speedy pickup if you follow directions for waivers 
  • 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:


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
  • If you are not riding - but a friend is picking up your shirt/Wurstfest ticket click HERE


Route Maps


Commemorative Posters

  • Collector Commemorative posters are composed each year by RC-CO
  • Available in limited supply at packet pickup $20 for 2018 poster, $10 for previomus years (as available)
  • CASH only (no checks or plastic)
  • Posters cannot be mailed or purchased online


Commemorative Shirts

  • Commemorative tee shirts are printed each year by Alamotees
  • Previous year shirts at packet pickup for $10 cash, as available
  • Current year shirts, if any remain following post-registration, will be $20 cash



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
  • 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 (7:45-8:45) 
  • 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


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
  • If a meatless option is desired, you may indicate so during online registration - we do not adherre to any specific Vegan or Vegetarian diet plan. May need to bring your own lunch if ‘non-meat’ is not adequate for your nutritional plan 
  • 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



  • 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)
  • For additional Wurstfest tickets, OR to purchase Wurstfest drink tickets click HERE
  • Wurstfest runs November 2nd thru the 11th, 2018
  • Wursthalle, 178 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78130
  • 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. 


Photography by RxDesign:

  • 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:
  • View Pictures from 2016:



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. 


Can't Ride - Refunds?

Options thru October 22nd: write to to request a partial refund. The earlier the cancellation, the more that is refunded.

You, or your representative, may pick up your shirt/Wurstfest ticket for you on event morning. USE THIS NON-PARTICIPANT FORM


May I transfer my entry to someone else?

Option through October 22nd:

After October 22nd there are 2 options:

  • You may TRANSFER your entry to another person that will be adjusted on event morning.
  1. Send them an email from from the same email address associated with your registration. This email needs to authorize us to transfer your registration to them.
  2. Forward this form for them to fill in and bring with them  TRANSFER REGISTRATION FORM
  3. They need to bring both your email authorizing the transfer, and their completed form, to collect the packet listed under your name.
  4. note: Minor children entries cannot be transferred nor refunded.


Can I change shirt size after I register online?

  • Shirt sizes may be altered if request is received by Oct. 20th 
  • email
  • Include the registration ID number (found on your confirmation email)


One designated SWAP table at packet-pickup will allow changes of shirts as available

  • SWAP shirts may be different fabric/color/fit; but will have the same graphic
  • SWAP option is available only while quantities last 


Can I purchase additional shirts?

  • Additional shirts may be purchased after your ride (if available)
  • Shirts from previous years also sold as available
  • Cash only-no checks/plastic
  • Current year shirts are $20, Previous years $10


Can my packet, shirt and/or Wurstfest ticket be mailed?

  • We do not mail items to entrants
  • Click HERE for instructions on having your friend pick up your packet if you cannot ride


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 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. Here is their link:


Learn More About our Primary Charity