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Bike MS: Valero 2009 Alamo Ride to the River, presented by H-E-B Revised 9-08-09

By Phil Melone and Bob Eccleston, Bike MS: Valero Route Co-Chairs; Cindy Rodriguez; Lisa Shaw

No more AT&T Center, Beeville or Sea Aquarium!

Bring on the Alamodome & Schlitterbahn!

FREE Parking Oct 3-4 Parking lot security provided however still park at own risk

New Route!! New Sights!!

Going places - - - few get to see

Goodbye straight winds on a straight route!

HELLO turning North, South, East & West! We dare the wind to change directions that many times!

PLUS the longest day is 72 miles unless you ride the century loop

What good is a ride without a few ups and downs? Day 1

Day 2

New Roads!! From 4 lanes down to Country Roads!!

The most beautiful century loop in the state!

Important things to know Some roads have shoulders and some don’t!

Ride single file & to the right! Speeds vary on these roads (20-55mph)

Country roads mean….. ……country vehicles

Do your part and share the road! They work weekends to feed our families!

Gruene is great but it can getcha! Don’t let this steep curving downhill catch you off guard as you near BP6 on Day 1

Considering the Century loop? PAY CLOSE ATTENTION!!!!!! 28 Miles of LIMITED SAG – SAG vehicles located at each end of River Road and you only can SAG back to main route  ONLY Motor Marshals with Ham radios on River Road  Limited cell phone coverage  

Narrow 2 lane curving road RIDE TEXAS FRIENDLY and HELP keep traffic flowing

More Century loop considerations!!  Steep downhill to get to river elevation with sharp curve at bottom  Same hill to climb to exit – this will be 90 miles into your day Century Loop

 Be prepared for this narrow overpass as you leave BP6 – limited SAG in this area too

Last of the Century loop considerations!!

 NO GUARDRAILS on bridges

 ALL 4 BRIDGES have SHARP CURVES on both sides – SLOW DOWN

Reasons to ride the Century Loop are clear to see…………… It’s a beautiful shady treelined trek along the Guadalupe River

Day 1 finishes at Schlitterbahn in

New Braunfels While the park will NOT be open….

The San Antonio Express-News Team  Located at the finish line!  Tailgate Party theme!  Reserve your spot now!  Limited size tents available!  Overnight sleeping under tents allowed!

Tent Village will be!

Overnight Overview



Bike Compound




Attention Team Captains – New Alcohol Policy at the Team Village

“While a cold beer might be just the thing to top off a great day of riding, please understand that the serving of alcohol in our Team Village requires everyone to act responsibly. Please follow these simple but important policies to ensure the safety of all participants and understand your liability as the team host when providing alcohol.” •Post signs that state ‘Proof of age required’ •Have a means to check ID •Utilize tickets, wristbands, etc. to control the consumption of alcohol •Be prepared to provide transportation for anyone who may be intoxicated and is traveling offsite. •Follow all local regulations and laws regarding the distribution of alcohol.

Teaming Up at the Overnight…

 Tailgate Party  We got spirit, yes we do, we got spirit how about you? Most Spirit Team Award  Bring on the Noise Makers

 Your own massage therapist.  Food: Go with a theme; Sandwich Bar; Sweets; Beverages and ice

Overnight in

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New Braunfels offers‌

FREE Camping at nearby Cypress Bend Park

Offers indoor swimming pool, game and TV rooms! Recreation Room Sleeping Option (Air mattress/sleeping bags welcome)

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New Braunfels accommodations

$25/person “bunks” – includes shuttle and breakfast Bicycles not allowed on shuttles! Bike compound available at Schlitterbahn.

TOO Many Hotels to list with some providing shuttles!! See NMSS website for details. A bit different than it was for Beeville.

New Braunfels is camper friendly

On the shuttle route!

Offers indoor swimming pool, game and TV rooms!

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Day Two Start – Prince Solms Park 7:30 am Start Line

Participant Drop Off Hinman Island Dr. & S. Liberty Ave. Off Site Parking Comal County Fair Grounds

Breakfast, Bike Compound and Luggage drop off at Schlitterbahn (Day 1 Finish Line)


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Expo 2009 Alamodome  Friday Oct 2, 2009  Noon – 10pm  ALL UNDER ONE ROOF  Kids activities so bring the entire family Spurs RV and memorabilia  Last opportunity to pick up rider packets  Vendors, Sponsors, Bike Shops  Team booths available (Friday and Sunday)  Food Concessions Available  Expo Parking $5



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