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
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.
0 · May 19
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.
0 · May 19
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.
0 · May 19
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