2014 Recreational Tours Information


Please mark your calendars for November 8, 2014

This will be the date of our next Tour de Gruene Recreational Tours Event!





There will be two walk-up registration opportunities – the first one at our Kick Off Party at Bike World 1604 in SA on Wednesday, October 30th from 4 to 9 pm. It is always an exciting time and a great chance to meet and greet everyone before the weekend's events unfold.

The second time to walk-up register is event morning in Gruene Hall beginning at 6:30 a.m. 

We really do have a streamlined walk-up registration process.........  IF you enter for registration with your waivers/entry form already filled in and have $55 CASH ($25 minor child) - EXACT AMOUNT PLEASE!  This will greatly speed our day of registratoin process for everyone if you come with the exact change in hand.

If you walk in the door and say, “Form filled in and ready to pay” – they will direct you right to the “Day Of” registration table. Quick and easy.  (Waiver/entry form to print below)

We do not accept checks or credit cards. Don't forget to stop by an ATM machine on the way.

Registration/Entry form can be printed from this website. See link below. 

Online registrants were guaranteed shirts and Wurstfest tickets. 
We will order about 300 extra shirts and Wurstfest tickets for walk-up registrations, however, if the demand is greater than the supply, please note that running short is a possibility. We apologize, but there really is no good plan for estimating how many shirts and tickets to have for an unknown number of post registrants

If you would like to purchase a commemorative poster (see graphic below), they are $5 each, or 3 for $10. We do not mail posters so if you are going to want one, you need to buy them at the registration area. Limited quanitties available.  CASH only.


Entry fee is currently $55 for adults/$25 for children



30th anniversary of Tour de Gruene 

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Gruene, TX

This is the graphic that is on our posters and will be printed on the quality t-shirts in multi-colors. We don't scrimp on the shirts!  Unfortunately, we are not set up to mail shirts or posters. But Posters can be purchased at any of the packet pickups. Poster proceeds to the charity Sally M Kingsbury Sarcoma Research.





If pre-registered - look up your ride number on the attached list and put on your form on bottom right square.


PRINT YOUR OWN MAPS!  More and more events are moving to this trend to give participants the flexibility of changing their tour distance AND printing several maps in case they change their mind along the way.  

It is YOUR responsibility to print your maps. Choose the maps you desire to customize your tour experience!   




Online registrants were guaranteed shirts and Wurstfest tickets. We will order about 300 extra shirts and Wurstfest tickets for walk-up registrations, however, if the demand is greater than the supply, please note that running short is a possibility. We apologize, but there really is no good plan for estimating how many shirts and tickets to have for an unknown number of post registrants

If you would like to purchase a commemorative poster (see graphic below), they are $5 each, or 3 for $10. We do not mail posters so if you are going to want one, you need to buy them at the registration area. Limited quanitties available.  CASH only. We do not accept checks or credit cards.

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Directions to Gruene:  If you’ve never visited to Gruene it will be a fun and unique experience. Gruene Historic District is located in the Texas Hill Country, 30 minutes north of San Antonio, and 45 minutes south of Austin, off of IH-35. Take Exit 191, head west on FM 306 1.5 miles to Hunter Road. Turn left on Hunter Road and go about a half mile until you T into Gruene Rd and you will see Gruene Hall in front of you. Turn left and you will see the 7 acre parking lot which is diagonally across the street from the hall. Drive about 400 feet further and you will see the entrance into the parking lot on your left. A physical address for Gruene Hall is 1281 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78130.

Tour de Gruene Routes

Tour de Gruene is an amazing ride – offering four different tour lengths in 2013.  The Recreational Tours are just for fun. There are relaxation stations set up around the course so that you will be able to stop for restrooms, replenish your liquids and get a snack before continuing. There are no prizes for who finishes ahead of who --- it is a time to enjoy the camaraderie alongside fellow cyclists who share your love of touring the beautiful countryside – and then get back to enjoy the charm and ambiance of Gruene - or head for the Wursthalle for the German Festival!


Expectations for Tour Completions

 TourStart Time  Distance   ElevationChange  Expected Minimum mph avg Hours to Finish Add in RestStops  Time Estimated Clock time at Finish
8:00 65 miles 1800 ft of gain, suited for Alpine climbers 16 mph 4' 00" Plus 6 RestStops at 10" ea 1:00 pm
8:10 55 miles 1500 ft of gain, extremely hilly 14 mph 3' 55" Plus 5 RestStops at 10" ea 12:55 pm
8:20 45 miles 1200 ft of gain, very hilly 12 mph 3' 45" Plus 4 RestStops at 10" ea 12:55 pm
8:30 35 miles 900 ft of gain, hilly 10 mph 3' 30" Plus 3 RestStops at 10" ea

12:30 pm


CLICK HERE to view 2013 routes

all will travel down scenic River Road

distances will be 35, 45, 55 & 65 miles





2013 Tour de Gruene Registration Schedule
  Registration Dates  Adult 




T-shirt Availability Wursfest ticket

Through - Oct 17th

Regular Registration


$45 $25

Entry includes quality collector shirt

in your size !!!

All shirts ordered from AlamoTees at midnite!

Wurstfest ticket included

Oct 18-25


Last Week Online



$50 $25

LAST WEEK ONLINE Entry includes shirt and Wurstfest ticket. However, shirt sizing is whatever is available at the time you pick up your packet. First come first served. Shirts will be slightly different from Collector Shirts given to those who registered by October 17th.  Same graphic, just different style/color of shirt. (heavier cotton)

Wurstfest ticket included


October 25th

Last Day for Online Reg 

until 8 pm

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O n l i n e   R e g    C l o s e s

at 8:00 P.M.

Walkup Registration offered on Wednesday and Saturday (see below)




Monday, October 28th



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A link to a List of all Pre-Registered Riders will be posted in Alpha order, and list your ride numbers, on Sunday, 10-27.

Links to print your waivers to bring to packet pickup will be available. If you look up your Ride Number, and sign and date the form before coming to Packet Pickup you will SPEED right through packet pickup (on Wednesday evening or Saturday morning - details below)



Wednesday, October 30

4-9 pm

Kick-off Party in San Antonio

BikeWorld 1604

Walk up Reg Accepted.

Click the logo below for location.

$55 $25

Optional Packet Pickup

and Walk-up Registrations



and thanks to Bill and Bonnie Simons for for cooking up that amazing meal for everyone. The Bike World staff and the support you give Tour de Gruene is so appreciated!!




as remaining



We know you love our shirts; however, it is not in our business plan to mail shirts or posters. 


If you will be unable to make the event, you (or someone who picks up your packet for you) will need to get your shirt at a Packet Pickup.  Any unclaimed shirts go straight into storage to be sold at next year's event during packet pickup at reduced prices

Speaking of which.... those beautiful shirts from last year will be on sale!! CASH ONLY


(sorry, we're old fashioned) 


Thurs, October 31st


Friday, November 1st

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Event Prep - No registrations


Saturday, Nov 2

6:30 - 8:45 am

Gruene Hall

click for location





Packet Pickup


Walk up Reg Accepted

$55 $25



Walk-up Registrations

UPDATE: Following the Bike World registration we now have 200 packets available that will include a shirt and Wurstfest Ticket.  

Extra Shirts of a different style and color will be pre-ordered for projected walk-up registrants. But they may run out. Availability ans sizing is on a first come basis.

**Appx 300 addtl Wurstfest tickets will also be ordered, but again, in limited quanitities and distributed to late registrants on a first come basis.

BEAUTIFUL EVENT POSTERS designed by RC-CO http://www.rc-co.com

On sale ONLY at Packet Pick - Bring cash to purchase the posters  $5 each or 3 for $10

WE DO NOT SEND POSTERS -- If you are going to want one, but them at registration. Quantities will be limited.

First 100 people to show up wearing ARGYLE SOCKS (see poster) get a free SMALL poster!

You may pick up packets for other riders IF you have their signed waiver AND you know both their physical address and their email.

SHIRTS SIZES WERE GUARANTEED TO REGISTRANTS IN THE SYSTEM BY OCTOBER 17TH. The stickers on your packets will be WHITE.  If you get a size that you don't like, there will be a separate SWAP table where you can size up or down. May be different style/color of shirt. Availability until they are gone.

"Last Week" online registsrants are guaranteed a Wurstfest ticket, and a shirt, but not a size. Your envelope label with be bright yellow.

"Walk-Up" registrations are NOT guaranteed shirts nor Wurstfest tickets. We will hand out as available to the first 325 walk-up registrants. After that, no shirts & no ticket. That's why we encourage online registration. 

UPDATE: Following the Bike World registration we now have 200 packets available that will include a shirt and Wurstfest Ticket.

You are responsible for printing out your own maps.  Please see the maps page: http://www.tourdegruene.com/news/recreational_tour_maps/
You may change your distance at any time.  Print out the maps of the distances that you are considering.



as remaining

Minor Children age 7 and younger that are either riding on a carrier or in a trailer (not on their own bike) may be registered for $5 at any Stage of Registration. Carrier/trailer registrations do not include shirts or Wurstfest tickets.



We highly encourage you to "LIKE" our Tour de Gruene page so you will be notified when we broadcast

informational reminders, or updates on the events.  The 'Like' has to be for the Page, not just a post within the page.

Thank you for your interest in Tour de Gruene





Click here for Directions to Gruene, TX

Click here to be rerouted to the 2013 Maps Page with downloadable maps and course descriptions


G E N E R A L   T O U R S   I N F O R M A T I O N 

Check back  frequently for Event Updates. 

  • There are no refunds or transfer options at this time as we are just a few days out from our event and packets are already stuffed for early registrants!
  • Sunday evening, Oct 27, 2013, a link to a list of all entrants and their ride numbers will be posted here. Printable Liability Release Forms will also be posted. For speedier packet pickup of pre-registered participants - print and fill in your ride number on the bottom of the form to bring with you to one of the packet pickups:
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Bike World on 1604 in San Antonio, we will be having our Kick Off Party. We hope that if you are in the area you will attend our Party on Wednesday evening, October 30th from 4 to 9 pm. at Bike World on 1604. Please join us for good times, discounted merchandise, and to pick up your pre-registered packets, or to register for Tours (if you missed online registration). 
  • Saturday, November 2, 2013 6:30 a.m.-8:45 in Gruene Hall on event morning, packet pickup and day-of registration takes place. Just park in the huge parking lot across the street (also the Start/Finish)... and come meet us in the dance hall!  (map above)   Staging for the Tours takes place on the north side of the parking lot. 
  • Parking in Gruene:  The parking lot is across the street from Gruene Hall where packet pickup will be taking place. Staging for the Tours takes place on the north side of the parking lot. This parking area is about 7 acres and can accommodate about 1,500 cars. If you get there early you can park 100 meters from Gruene Hall if you get there a little later you can park 400 meters from Gruene Hall. But trust us, you can't get lost in Gruene! http://goo.gl/maps/iK7Yn
  • All Entrants will be required to sign an event specific liability release form at packet pickup. On Sunday, October 27th, the forms will be made available on this webpage with instructions on how to print and prepare. Extra forms will also be available at packet pickup sites.  If picking up your friend's packet you will need their signed release form and you will need to know their mailing address for confirmation with the registrar.
  • Children under 18 (minors) must be registered by their adult guardian and submit a “Minor release form” signed by their legal guardian allowing their child to ride in the tour. This special Minor form may downloaded from this site on Sunday, October 27th, or may be obtained at packet pickup. 
  • "Day Of" Adult Registrants will be provided a "Day Of" Release form within the Bar area in Gruene Hall.  This form is slightly different from pre-reg entrants as you will need to enter your emergency contact info as well as all personal info. "Day Of" registrants are not guaranteed shirts, but we will purchase about 300 extra.  However PLEASE NOTE we will distribute them UNTIL WE RUN OUT, and of course, sizes are varied and in limited quantities.  Wurstfest tickets are also in limited quantity. (Online pre-reg is the best route if you can)  
  • 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:

    (1) American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard Z90.4;
    (2) Snell Memorial Foundation Standard "B" or "N" series;
    (3) American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard F-1447;
    (4) Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard CAN/CSA-D113.2-M;
    (5) U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for bicycle helmets;
    (6) European Committee for Standardization (CEN) standard for bicycle helmets


We look forward to seeing you on a cool, brisk Autumn morning for a spectacular scenic ride to benefit the Sally Kingsbury Sarcoma Foundation.

WEATHER CLAUSE: If weather precludes the event from beginning or finishing, there are no refunds. The charity, Sally Kingsbury Sarcoma Cancer Foundation will still benefit, and t-shirts and Wurstfest tickets will be distributed on site.


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Pictures from 2011 Events can be viewed at  http://rxdesign.zenfolio.com/tdg2011

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