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Price:

$70 each (Includes tax and shipping)

Ordering:

Email: jersey [at] pedalthrupines[dot]org
Phone: 512-321-7760.

Jersey Sizes:

Sizes from XS to XXXL

Your Feedback:

We encourage and value participant feedback. We appreciate any input that may help us improve our event. We also enjoy the stories and photos that cyclists have shared from the ride, and we are always happy to share the appreciation expressed by cyclists for the hard work and dedication of event volunteers.

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Your Feedback:

We encourage and value participant feedback. We appreciate any input that may help us improve our event. We also enjoy the stories and photos that cyclists have shared from the ride, and we are always happy to share the appreciation expressed by cyclists for the hard work and dedication of event volunteers.

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Event Information/Sponsorship:

Charlotte Pietsch
Fundraising Manager
P.O. Box 736 , Bastrop, TX 78602
Phone: 512-321-7760
Fax: 512-321-7771
Email: charlottep [at] familycrisiscenter[dot]us

General Inquiries/Volunteer Information:

 

Sponsors

The Family Crisis Center would like to thank our fiscal year 2016 annual sponsors. The Center strives to provide quality, comprehensive programs to ensure victim safety and offender accountability with the ultimate goal of helping families create and maintain violence-free lives. With the support from these sponsors, we are working toward our vision of a safe community built on equality without the existence of violence.

Pedal Partners

HEB

Derailleurs

Chain Link

Ben E. Keith

Spokes

Bastrop Back & Neck Clinic

Cedar’s Mediterranean Grill

Additional Pedal Supporters

Bastrop County Sheriff Department

City of Bastrop

City of Smithville

Honey Pots

Larrie’s B.B.Q.

Nelo’s

RadioActive

Road I.D.

Smithville Police Department

Sun & Ski

Team Mighty Fine

2016 Wrench Crews

Sun & Ski Store 11 – Austin, TX

Izzy Salazar

Nelo’s Pro Cycles

Shout Outs

Pedal SAG Crew-working hard for you today!

Pedal Thru The Pines Volunteers-here to make your day fun at the Pedal!

Operation Enduring Brotherhood- leaving no solider behind

Terry Lynn Moore- National Anthem

Fayette County Sheriff Department

Bastrop Sheriff Department

Smithville Police Department

Bastrop High School Athletics

Smithville High School Lady Tigers

Larry’s BBQ

Local EMS Services

Sponsorship Information

Download a pdf version of sponsorship information.

Pedal Thru The Pines is a cycling event benefiting the Family Crisis Center. Participating cyclists may choose from routes of 17 miles, 27 miles, 47 miles, or 62 miles. The event takes place each year in early March, in Bastrop, TX. The Pedal ride is a recommended training ride for the BP MS150. With the continued growth of our event, we anticipate that 1500 cyclists will travel from around the state to participate in this year’s event.

All event proceeds support the programs and services offered by the agency. The event is organized and directed by the agency with support from board members, volunteers, and community partners who volunteer their time, provide donations, and serve as event sponsors.

Sponsorship Levels Available

$1000 Level Pedal Partners

Recognized sponsor on event website
Recognized sponsor on event t-shirt
Recognized sponsor on event handout included in goodie bags
Recognition through social media
Registration for 4 cyclists

$500.00 Level Derailleurs

Recognized sponsor on event website
Recognized sponsor on event t-shirt
Recognized sponsor on event handout included in goodie bags
Registration for 3 cyclists

$250.00 Level Chain Links

Recognized sponsor on event t-shirt
Registration for 2 cyclists

$100.00 Level Spokes

Recognized sponsor on event t-shirt
Registration for 1 cyclist

All sponsors are invited to provide their company’s business card, flyer, brochure or other promotional items for inclusion in cyclist goodie bags.

For more information about the Center, the Pedal Thru The Pines event, or event sponsorship, please contact Charlotte Pietsch, Fundraising Manager, at 512-321-7760, or by e-mail at

charlottep [at] familycrisiscenter[dot]us

Download a pdf version of sponsorship information.

Cycling Tips

Cyclists find the steep hills on this route challenging and many need to walk. Please pull to the right side of the road and walk up the hills that you can’t ride up. Don’t “weave” back and forth across the road to climb the hills as this is very dangerous to other cyclists.

The Family Crisis Center does not allow riding with headphones or earbuds for participants in Pedal Thru the Pines. Cyclists should possess basic bike-handling skills and safety knowledge in order to keep themselves and others around them safe, especially while participating in group cycling activities, like a bike ride. The Family Crisis Center is trying to provide a high quality, safe and fun bicycling experience.

BE PREDICTABLE

Group riding requires even more attention to predictability than riding alone. Other riders expect you to continue straight ahead at a constant speed unless you indicate differently.

USE HAND SIGNALS

Use hand and verbal signals to communicate with fellow cyclists and with other traffic. Hand signals for turning and stopping are as follows: left arm straight out to signal a left turn; left arm out and down with your palm to the rear to signal slowing or stopping; and for a right turn, put your right arm straight out or put your left arm out and up.

GIVE WARNINGS

Warn cyclist behind you well in advance of changes in your direction or speed. To notify the group of a change in path, the lead rider should call out “left turn” or “right turn” in addition to giving a hand signal.

CHANGE POSITIONS CORRECTLY

Generally, slower traffic stays right so you should pass other riders on their left. It is courteous to let other riders know when you are going to pass them especially if you are passing unexpectedly or on the right. Calling out “On your left” or “Left” if you need to pass someone on the right say “On your right” or even simply “Right” lets others know that you are there since this is an unusual maneuver. In a crowd one should always expect that there are riders around and ride predictably.

HAZARDS

When riding in a group, most of the cyclists do not have a good view of the road surface ahead, so it is important to announce holes, glass, sand, grates and other hazards. The leader should indicate hazards by pointing down to the left or right and by shouting “hole,” “bump,” etc. where required for safety.

WATCH FOR TRAFFIC COMING FROM THE REAR

Because those in front cannot see traffic approaching from the rear, it is the responsibility of the riders in back to inform the others by saying “car Back.” Around curves, on narrow roads or when riding double, it is also helpful to warn of traffic approaching from the front with “car up.”

WATCH OUT AT INTERSECTIONS

When approaching intersections that require vehicles to yield or stop, the lead rider will say “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind to change in speed. When passing through an intersection, some cyclists say “clear” if there is no cross traffic. Note that each cyclist is responsible for verifying that the way is indeed clear.

LEAVE A GAP FOR CARS

When riding up hills or on narrow roads where you are impeding faster traffic, leave a gap for cars between every three or four bicycles. That way a motorist can take advantage of shorter passing intervals and eventually move around the entire group.

MOVE OFF THE ROAD WHEN YOU STOP

Whether you are stopping to rest, because of mechanical problems or to regroup with your companions, move well off the road so you don’t interfere with traffic. When you start up again, each cyclist should look for, and yield to traffic.

RIDE ONE OR TWO ACROSS

Ride single file or double file as appropriate to the roadway and traffic conditions and where allowed by law. Most state vehicle codes permit narrow vehicles such as bicycles and motorcyclists to ride double file within the lane. Even where riding double is legal, courtesy dictates that you single up when cars are trying to pass you.

What time does the ride start?

The ride starts at 9:00 AM

Where is the start line?

The start line is at Bastrop High School, 1700 Chambers St. Bastrop TX 78602. You can see a map and directions to the start line here

What is the route like?

Many riders find the route challenging because of the hills through the state parks. The route is through probably the most challenging part of the BP MS150 and the first 14 miles are very hilly. Riders have to climb two steep hills in the first 4 miles of the ride that many find challenging. For the next 10 miles there are several short, but steep hills that quite a few riders need to walk up. After the first reststop in Buescher State Park, the ride is much easier, although on the two longer routes there is a hill about 2 miles after you leave Buescher. If you can’t make it up a hill riding straight up, please pull to the right side of the road and walk up.

Can I pick up my packet the morning of the ride?

Yes.

Can I register the morning of the ride?

Registration will be cut off at 1500 riders. You should check the website before you drive to Bastrop to make sure that day of the ride registration is still available.

What if there is bad weather the day of the ride?

The ride will go on unless safety officers decide it is too dangerous to ride. There will be no refund and the ride will not be rescheduled.

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Directions to the Start Line

From South Austin, take Hwy 71 East, to Texas 95 North (toward Elgin) go about 1 mile and turn left at Hawthorne Street in Bastrop. Parking lots are on the left.

 

From North Austin, take Hwy 290 East to Elgin. Turn right on to Texas 95 South. Go about 15.5 miles. Turn right onto Hawthorne Street. Parking lots are on your left.

 

From Houston on I10W, take I10 West to 71 W. Take 71 west to Bastrop. At second traffic light take Texas 95 North (toward Elgin). Go about 2 miles and turn left at Hawthorne Street. Parking lots are on the left.

 

From Houston on 290, take 290 West. In Brenham, follow signs to continue on 290 West. About 12 miles past Giddings, turn left on to TX-21. Go about 12 miles, turn right on to TX-95. Go about 0.7 miles and turn left onto Hawthorne Street. Parking lots are on your left.

 

From Dallas/Ft Worth, take 35 South to Toll Road 130 South near Georgetown. Take 290 West to Elgin. Turn right on to Texas 95 South. Go about 15.5 miles. Turn right onto Hawthorne Street. Parking lots are on your left.

 

Parking Areas and Start Line:

Map View

Sponsors:

The Family Crisis Center wants to thank all of our sponsors and encourage all of you to stop and shop Bastrop.

Lodging:

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 491 Agnes St., Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 321-1900

Places to eat in Bastrop:

  • Schlotzsky’s Deli on Highway 71 in front of Walmart (512) 332-2867
  • Roadhouse Grill across Highway 21 at the entrance to Bastrop State Park (512) 321-1803
  • Back Door Cafe – 117 Main Street Smithville TX 78957 (512) 237-3128
  • Cedar’s Mediterranean Grill – 904 College St, Bastrop, TX 78602 (512) 321-7808

Local Bike Shop:

  • Rising Phoenix Adventures Bastrop (512) 677-2305 kayak, canoe rental, bike repair & sales

Bicycle shops that have helped with our ride:

  • Bicycle Sport Shop Austin (512) 477-3472
  • Sun & Ski Sports Austin (512) 467-2782
  • Nelo’s Pro Cycle Shop (512) 338-0505

Our other sponsors:

  • Bluebonnet Electric Coop
  • LCRA Employees and LCRA Employee United Charities
  • Voss Charitable Trust
  • HEB and HEB Corporate Austin Office
  • Greater Texas Federal Credit Union
  • Bastrop Police Department
  • Smithville Regional Hospital (512) 327-2314
  • Deep In The Heart Art Foundry
  • Bastrop Back and Neck – Dr. Jay Polsky
  • Brian Goertz District Attorney
  • Cliff Bar
  • Bastrop Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • RE/MAX Bastrop Area – Frank Rainosek
  • Chris Duggan
  • Ozarka Water
  • Rising Phoenix Adventures Cycling
  • Mike Garcia Bike Repair
  • Road ID
  • Ben E. Keith Foods
  • Dr. Sammy Lerma MD (512) 321-3311
  • State Farm Insurance Bastrop
  • Elbows Fitness (512) 581-9008