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Real Ale Ride

This is a fun, but hilly ride with 15, 30, 50, 65 and 85 mile options.  Great beer at the end. Hope to see you there.

 

Here's registration, route and ride info: http://realaleride.com/


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  • Bill P.

    I had a awesome ride and alot of fun, was not prepared for the hills.. WOW what a elevation change this was over the one's up here in north round rock, the break stations were a bit spread out but I think they were just right considering the locations behind some of the climbs.. overall I would definitely do this again, the challenge was just what i needed to build confidence..

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Donald L.

      "I had a awesome ride and alot of fun, was not prepared for the hills.. " You are not the only one! I picked up several Houston riders who ran out of steam due to hills they were not accustomed to

      1 · May 20, 2013

  • Gordon M.

    I don't know how the brewery could run out of beer, frankly. I had my two brews and left. As a first-timer, the ride was spectacularly scenic, relatively challenging, and the folks at the rest stops friendly and willing. The water stations were great, with ice and plenty of cool water. However, I did worry about the few accidents I saw, as there didn't seem to be any first aid stations at the rest stops.
    There appeared to be a lack of clear, prominent signage at critical turns in the routes (at least the 50-miler) and the SAG people seemed pretty spread out thinly. I know there were riders who were confused about the routes.
    The most grievous situation, possibly caused by lack of volunteers, was the semi-chaos at the arrival parking areas, with no-one there to direct parking or in-coming traffic. Then at the end of the ride, with heavy traffic on 281, again there was no traffic direction or police to slow traffic, so that cyclists could safely cross to and from their cars.

    May 19, 2013

    • Donald L.

      I understand there have been problems where residents who don't like cyclists take the signs down. Yes, SAG drivers were spread thin. At one point I went 25 miles and back looking for a rider reported a blown tire. I never found that rider who evidently did not update us that he/she got things covered.

      May 20, 2013

  • Torsten W.

    It's still one of the better supported rides. It really grew quickly. Over 1900 riders. It's also one of the tougher rides. The 65 mile ride had over 5k' of climb. Wind and heat makes it a long day in the saddle. I think most people underestimate the ride. Accidents happen on all rides. The bigger, the more accidents. Traffic at the ride start will always be a problem. Blanco is a small town whose population is only 1700 people. You have to get there early.The food lines were really long this year. It didn't look that good so I skipped it. I found the people in town very friendly. We stayed the weekend. Lots of stuff to do. Hope you guys come back.

    May 19, 2013

  • Bill P.

    I have a few major complaints, one is that how the hell can a brewery run out of beer? I never even got any and two we need security patrols to keep the cyclists from being harassed by motorcycles and cars that come up behind you and honk repeatedly or diesel trucks that deliberately blow black soot in your face as you ride.

    May 19, 2013

    • Donald L.

      Hey Bill, sorry to hear the beer ran out! Can't really comment any more on that as someone who had his last drink 20+ years ago. I don't know what happened. I am sorry some ass-hat motorists were rude to you. I am happy to say that in 169 miles of SAG support driving yesterday I didn't observe what you were so unlucky to experience. With cyclists spread out over maybe 175 miles of road with the different mileage options, I am afraid it would be totally unrealistic to pay law enforcement to be everywhere patrolling for motorists behaving rudely. Sorry to say, not all cyclists were courteous all the time. I was significantly delayed at picking up stranded riders due to cyclists stretched shoulder to shoulder across the road. I am not one to honk at a cyclist, regardless, so I proceeded at a crawl (relative for a car) or eventually passed actually in the dirt on the wrong side of the road. Motorists and cyclists alike, not everybody is considerate.

      2 · May 19, 2013

  • Donald L.

    How was everybody's ride?

    May 18, 2013

    • Donald L.

      Jason is a nice man. It was quite busy. There 911 calls and the mest wagons had to come kore than once. There was one carried on a backboard which is worrisome but usually just hyper-caution. In 12 years of dirt track racing I saw lots of backboards but never saw anyone become paralyzed.

      May 18, 2013

    • Donald L.

      That was "meat wagon."

      May 18, 2013

  • thomas a.

    who ever wants to ride as a group. it kinda hard to get together at the start. its bottle neck mess till the turn off the road the goes to brewery. i say when every one makes the turn onto the main road, go straight across to there other side off the main road and wait. we can group up there. also let me know if you want to ride with us. that way we will be sure to wait for you.

    1 · May 17, 2013

    • Torsten W.

      Are you by those parked cars across the street?

      May 18, 2013

    • thomas a.

      We parked in the brewery. Will leave with the start and ride across street.

      May 18, 2013

  • thomas a.

    ill be wearing real ale jersey on wht and flashy blue ridley.

    May 18, 2013

  • Gordon M.

    Kelly,
    What is your cell phone number so we can connect about the ride to Blanco.

    May 17, 2013

    • Kelly G.

      Thanks Gordon - appreciate your kindness - but I can't make it.

      May 17, 2013

  • Christopher S.

    If anyone is interested in sharing a ride from North Austin to Blanco Saturday morning, please let me know!

    May 16, 2013

    • Donald L.

      And that would be[masked]

      May 17, 2013

    • Kelly G.

      Hey Don - so appreciate it and would love to - but unfortunately I am going to have to stay.

      May 17, 2013

  • John C.

    Will be there with TRG!

    May 17, 2013

  • Donald L.

    Will be riding in a blue Honda Fit as SAG volunteer. If your rear wheel eats your derailleur, you run out of steam or anything else call Don @[masked] I will be there or get someone closer on the 2way radio.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Kelly G.

    93 and sunny in Blanco Saturday - lots of sunscreen!

    2 · May 16, 2013

  • Kelly G.

    Looks like I am not Dad on Duty after all - may go now - anyone driving from South Austin?

    1 · May 16, 2013

    • thomas a.

      Cool!!! Looks like we may make a strong group yet!!

      1 · May 16, 2013

  • Christopher S.

    Hi there! Haven't ridden this one since 2010, good to be back.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Gordon M.

    Torsten - thanks, and that's OK. I'm pretty sure I have transportation with a friend on Saturday. Enjoy the ride!

    May 15, 2013

  • Gordon M.

    I may need a ride out to Blanco and back with my bike, if anybody can throw another one on! I live in NW Austin, right near the Arboretum off 360. Thanks, Gordon

    April 30, 2013

    • Gordon M.

      Thanks for the offer, Torsten! I will know by mid-month what my ride situation is, and will keep in touch.

      May 1, 2013

    • Torsten W.

      Looks like I'm heading down the night before, so can no longer provide transportation

      May 15, 2013

  • Eddie

    I'm there !!! Picking up my packet this afternoon!!!

    May 15, 2013

  • Harry D.

    Will be the first time for me, despite that I have been cycling for over 20 years.

    April 30, 2013

    • thomas a.

      Great ride if you like the hill country...open, wild flowers, and cactus!! Lol

      May 12, 2013

  • Kelly G.

    I am Dad on Duty that weekend - will ride Saturday morning before the monsters wake up, but need to stay local. Will do the Fitzhugh ride with the group...but I hate missing this ride!

    May 12, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hi
    I have had a family emergency come up and cant make the ride. I bought my bib before the price went up. anyone need another bib?
    Please let me know. I paid $60

    May 7, 2013

  • Dr. Gregg R.

    I just REALized, I will be returning from The Netherlands on the 18th. I will get to ride with a club while I am there. Hope to stop in Belgium at a Monastery for some of their nectar.

    May 2, 2013

  • Dr. Gregg R.

    Where do we begin?

    May 1, 2013

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