2015 Recreational Tours Information

Tour de Gruene Recreational Tours

Start/Finish at the Lazy L & L on River Road
Saturday morning, November 7th, 2015
Between Austin and San Antonio

To Note - The Owners of Lazy L & L property have agreed to install a new entrance into their parking area.  That, along with a TIP (Traffic Improvement Plan), and additional law enforcement on the roadway, should help to speed up the parking process in 2015.







Directions to Tour de Gruene      Tours Schedule

Lazy L & L

Tour de Gruene Recreational Tours
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
30 minutes north of San Antonio, and 45 minutes south of Austin

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 valley property. 

Tour de Gruene is an amazing ride – offering six different tour routes between 14 and 65 miles. Recreational Tours receive medical and mechanical support as well as relaxation stations approximately every 10 miles with restrooms and refreshments.

It 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. Event rates will be posted at a later date.

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 a repurposed vintage cycling poster and created by rc-co Roger Christian & Company.

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:

Tours Schedule 2015.3

Link to Ride Routes Page



Registration typically opens in mid to late summer. However, that may be different for 2015 as a maximum entry limit is being considered for the event. Add your name to the notification list (link at top of this page)
2015 Tour de Gruene 
 Entry Includes: 
    • Supported ride (rest stops w/food, drink, porta-toilets)
    • Medical and Mechanical Support
    • Major intersections controlled by law enforcement
    • Post Ride Catered meal (meat or non-meat)
    • Shower token by request after event
    • Wurstfest ticket
    • Classic Event t-shirt sized to order
 Entry fee schedule is in tiers
     Entry fees increase with time 
    • ALL Online Reg ends 10-28 at 8pm or earlier if the
      field maximum is met
 Current Entry Fee:  Adults $60  Child $30   
Packet Pickup Info for Online Registrants
Walk-up registrations Info for Offline Registrant
Registering for Others Online 
 For 2015 each adult will need to register separately
    • By registering through your own account, you may be
       eligible for transfer options in the event you cannot attend
    • By registering through your own account you can re-enter
      your account to make changes https://myevents.active.com
    • Entrants under age 18 are not transferable nor refundable
       so as such they may be registered via a parent’s account
"Walk-Up” Offline Registrations 
  A Field Limit has been set for 2015
    • If we do allow walk-up registrations, we will post entry
      fees here on October 29th.
    • If we do allow walk-up registrations they must be paid in cash
       No checks - no plastic 
     no ATM machine on premise. One is located: Valero station
 Walk up registrations (if allowed):
     • November 4th   4:00 - 9:00 pm  at  KickOff Party at Bike World
     • November 7th   6:30 - 8:45 am  at  Lazy L & L
              Find link on this page for printing waivers
              waivers also available onsite at FORMS table
 Walk-Up registrations details:
    • supported ride at tour distance of your choice
    • free parking in designated Tour de Gruene venue area
    • shirt if remaining – some extra will be ordered for walk-ups
Supply and demand determines availability for walk-ups
             FYI: you will see shirts on tables after we have "run out"
             Remaining shirts are for race participants registered for
             the Saturday afternoon and Sunday events
    • 1 shower token (6 min)  upon request at packet pickup
             Additional $1 tokens may be purchased (6 min per token)

    • Wurstfest ticket if remaining – limited quantity for walk-ups
Lunch tickets are not guaranteed with "day-of" registrations 
             Meals are ordered in advance for online registrants since
             they have prepaid. Some extra food will be purchased,
             however, tickets will be distributed on a first-come basis
             following the ride. YOU MUST BRING YOUR RIDE
             NUMBER to the poster sales table to claim any available
             meal tickets. If weather is good, and day-of registration is
             high, we may not be able to feed all "day-of" registrants. 
Registering for Others at a Walk-Up (Offline) Registration
 Must provide entrant's signed waiver printed from the website
    • Waiver downloadable on Nov 1
 Read info on Walk-Up Offline Registrations
 Walk-up registrations are not transferable nor refundable
Registering a Minor Child under 18
  Children under 18 who pedal a bike (includes tag-a-longs)
     • Children must be registered by an adult legal guardian
     • Children must be accompanied by an adult during the ride
     • Minor release forms are used for registering a child
     • Minor waiver form may be downloaded on Nov 1
     • Minor waiver form also available at packet pickup
 Online $25+ entry will include shirt, Wurstfest & and lunch tickets
 Offline $25+ walk-up entry- no guarantee of shirt, lunch, or Wurstfest
 Entry Fee is $5 for children riding in carriers (not pedaling)
     • $5 registrations do not include shirts, Wurstfest tickets or lunch
     • Children in carriers may ONLY be registered online.
        No walk-up registrations for the $5 entries
 We anticipate the shirt style to be of "fashion fit" sizing
       which means typically more snug       
     •  if snug is not to your liking .... size up
 XXLarge and XXXLarge can be custom ordered for small
      upcharge during online registration if completed by Oct. 14th
 Youth Medium shirts must be ordered by Oct. 14th online
 XXLarge, XXXLarge and youth sizes may be of a different
       fabric and but the graphic will be the same


Support during the Tour
 Directional

    • directional arrows are strategically placed along the course
      to ensure that riders know where to turn at all intersections
    • view MapMyRide links from the website and download
      phone app if possible
    • printable maps– registrants will receive an email when maps
      are closed for changes and available for printing from
      the website
 Police

    • Tour de Gruene employs Professional off-duty Police, Deputies
      and DPS officers in directing traffic at intersections
 Rest Stops approximately every 10 miles

    • fresh fruit and a varied supply of snacks
    • water and electrolyte fluids
    • portable toilets
    • first aid kits
 Mechanical Assistance

    • available at key rest stops and at the beginning of the tours
    • offer basic repairs only
    • strongly suggest you give your bike a full maintenance checkup
       prior to the ride
 SAG support

    • please reserve use of the SAG pickups for those with transport
       needs due to mechanical or minor medical
    • SAGS travel equidistance apart at set intervals – however;
       riders may call in for location information – (210) 862-3524
    • Emergency - when a SAG is enroute to an emergency, the SAG
       will have a special flag on the driver or passenger window
       (whichever side is facing riders) and they cannot stop to assist
       other cyclists at that time.
 Medical  support

    • For all major medical emergency needs, call 911
    • For minor medical, first aid kits can be found at each rest stop
       and within each SAG vehicle
    • For minor first aid SAG needs call (210) 862-3524
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
 Unless your pet is riding on your bike with you during the tour, pets
    are not allowed at the bike event or on the Lazy L & L grounds.
    • If you plan to tour with your pet on your bike, write to
      registration@tourdegruene.com for special permission
 The Lazy L & L offers specified RV sites with dog allowances

    • Call 830-964-3455  for more information
Weather Clause
 If weather precludes the event from beginning or finishing, there
    are no refunds.
 If inclement weather delays the start of the ride, due to support
    schedules of EMT, police, volounteers, etc. - some of the longer
    tour rides will be shortened.
 If the event is cancelled or cut short, there will be no refunds and
    t-shirts and Wurstfest tickets will be distributed either onsite
    or at a nearby location


Confirmation Email:
 After registering online, active.com will send you a confirmation
    email within minutes to the email you are registered under. If you
    do not receive that email:
    • Check your junk or spam mail folder
    • Log into your  https://myevents.active.com  account to confirm your
       registration was accepted, then
    • contact active.com to discuss problem of missing email
      Active.Com Customer Support toll free at 877-228-4881 
      Monday to Friday from 9:00am –  7:00pm Central Time

      Also: http://activesupport.force.com/usersupport/US_web2case
 Major event updates will be communicated via email so you need
    to clear up any email blocks
Packet Pick-up Form/Waiver:
 Packet pickup form-waivers may be found here on Nov 1
     Adult Recreational Tour waiver
   • Child Recreational Tour 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
    Your ride number will be posted here on Nov 1
    • Write your Ride Number in the box on the bottom right of your form
 Packet pickup is faster if you arrive with your form filled in
 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
    • their waiver includes their physical address and mobile phone#
       on their form for confirmation purposes
Packet Pick-up Locations/Times
 Wednesday, November 4th from 4-9pm  a Bike World 1604
   KICK OFF PARTY plus walk-up registration
    • Hosted at San Antonio Bike World 1604  map
    • Bike World offers discounts to riders during the party
    • Park in the shopping center just prior to Bike World
    • Parking on the access road could result in being towed
    • Bring your completed Form/Waiver to speed your processing
Saturday, November 7th – 6:30-8:45 am 
    • Tour Day Registration at Lazy L & L   (Map Link)
    • Registration held under large pavilion
    • Download your signed waiver (found in links
      above), put your ride number on it (found in link posted here
      on Nov. 1, and you can bypass the forms tables for a speedy
      packet pickup.
 NO packet pickups on Thursday or Friday
    • If you are coming in early, Wurstfest admittance is
      free until 7pm on Friday only for opening night kickoff
Route Maps
 On the Tours Recreation MAPS page, you can view the
    MapMyRide routes as planned
 Entrants will be emailed when “printable” maps are available
    for download
    • We do not upload official maps to the website for printing until
       we are nearer the event date as sometimes routes change due
       to construction or unforeseen safety concerns
 We ask riders to print their own map for a myriad of reasons:

    • There are different maps dependent upon the distance chosen
    • Riders oftentimes change their minds after registering and
       want different maps
    • Printing one’s own map allows the option to change routes
       at any time
    • Many riders use only GPS devices and download
       MapMyRide maps
    • Riders using their own maps, or GPS devices, were discarding
       maps from their packets
 If you do not have printer access contact
Commemorative Posters
 Collector Commemorative posters are composed each year by RC-CO

    • www.rc-co.com
    • poster/shirt artwork has not been revealed yet
 Commemorative posters are available in limited supply at packet pickup
    • $5 each, or 3 for $10
    • CASH only (no checks or plastic)
    • Remaining posters from previous years will also be available 
    • Posters cannot be mailed or purchased online
Lazy L&L Campground, host site of Tour de Gruene
    Join the Party!

    • Overnight Tent and RV spaces available
    • Call 830-964-3455  for reservation information
    • www.lazylandl.com
  Summit Resort -   1 mile from event
    • Villas, Cabins and more   
    • Event Special:  10% off 
    • Call  (830) 964-2531 for reservation information
    • http://www.summitresorttexas.com
 Other Area Lodging
Link to pdf list of cabins/lodges by proximity to Lazy L & L
Link to same list as an excel document for ease in navigating
 New Braunfels C of C Listings 
    • www.innewbraunfels.com/visit/stay
 Wurstfest Assn Listings: 

    • www.nbjumpin.com/wurstfest.htm
 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 
 For 2015 additional entrances into the parking area are in place
    in addition to a traffic improvement plan
 Please give extra time for arriving at the event as the roadway
    can get crowded in the later morning commute on River Road
 Driving into back riverfront areas of Lazy L & L is not permitted
    without a prior reservation. 
   • If you do reserve a campsite, you will enter through the camper
     entrance of the Lazy L & L, which is the first entrance
     from the north
   • Go to www.lazylandl.com for reservations
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.
 Staging for the Tours takes place within the Lazy L&L Campground

    • Locate signage identifying your tour distance
 Stage within your tour distance group according to your expected
riding pace to decrease passing and congestion on River Road
    • 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 registered by November 5th
   • Lunch and non-alcoholic drink ticket is guaranteed with online
    registrations only
   • 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
 Children riding in carriers entered for $5 do not receive
    meal tickets
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 6th thru the 15th, 2015
   • 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.
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
    • Please display your helmet ride # on the front of your helmet
      This number will be used to notify you of pictures taken
    • Contact RxDesign with any questions about your event photography
NOTE FROM RXDESIGN - Tour de Gruene 2014 Event Photographer:

View Pictures from 2014:
For more info write to Lead Photographer:


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 minimum
   pace expectation while remembering that the longer courses are
   the most challenging. Also, if you tend to spend more than 10
   minutes at rest stops, you may need to select a shorter route in
   order to finish within the expected time limits. To ride in a
   supported ride, and to get back in time to receive the included
   meal, participants need to choose rides according to the pace
   they can maintain. Tour de Gruene longer routes are, by design,
   intended for the more trained riders. Also to note, the finish 
   times 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 
 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 I find I am unable to ride after I register?
The following options are only available thru October 14th:
 You locate someone to take your slot. After the register and pay
    using the transfer code, then you will be refunded. 
    (transfer instructions below)  
 You may "donate" your slot to someone you know. Write to 
    registration@tourdegruene.com and inform them of the name
    and email of the person you are donating your slot to.
 You may write to request a partial refund. The earlier the
    cancellation, the more that is refunded
If October 15th or later, there are no transfers nor refunds    
May I transfer my entry to someone else?
 Adults registered thru active.com may transfer their
 entry to a friend
    until October 16th
    • Log into:     https://myevents.active.com
    • READ:  How-To-Transfer-My-Entry-To-Someone-Else
    • For an adult entry to be transferable to another person
      (if they find they cannot participate)- that adult must have
       entered via their own active.com account (free to setup)
    • If addtl adults are registered on same account, the addtl
       persons do not have transfer options, only the acct holder
    • Transfer options cease when online registration closes
 There are no transfers nor refunds for
    • walk-up registrations
    • children (under 18)
    • or anyone after October 15th
Can I change shirt size after I register online?
 Shirt sizes may be altered if request is received before October 15th
    • email registration@tourdegruene.com. Include your
      registration ID found on your confirmation email
 One designated SWAP table at packet-pickup will allow changes
    • SWAP shirts are different fabric but same graphic.
    • SWAP option is available only while quantities last
Can I purchase additional shirts?
 Additional shirts, as available, may only be purchased after your
    ride at the poster table under the pavilion at the Lazy L&L
 Shirts from previous years (as available) can be purchased at
    reduced prices (cash only-no checks/plastic) 
 Current year shirts are $15, Previous years $10
Can my packet, shirt and/or Wurstfest ticket be mailed?
 Sorry, we do not mail items to entrants 
 You may have someone pick up your packet for you at a packet
    • They will need your signed release form with ride#, email,
       and your physical address with zip code to claim
What happens if it rains?
 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
How difficult is the route?
 All the routes (except the 14mile tour) are very 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 only
The 14 mile tour is an out and back. How does that work?
 Because we are committed to not having cyclists going both
    ways on River Road (at the same time) we are holding 14mile
    tour riders at the turn-around rest stop until most have
    congregated -- and then we will start together coming back.
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.

 Obtain a shower token from the Poster Sales Table.
    • One 6 minute shower token supplied at packet pickup upon request
    • 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