Benefiting the Family Crisis Center

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

Informations

 

Welcome to the Pedal Thru The Pines!

The Family Crisis Center invites you to our 10th Annual Pedal Thru The Pines for a fun-filled cycling event that directly supports the programs and service offered by the Center. This year cyclists will enjoy riding the country roads of Bastrop, Fayette and Lee Counties that are close to the parks. The routes provide a unique experience for cyclists of every level. Well stocked rest stops, friendly volunteers and a top notch veteran SAG Team add to the success of this event.

Thank you for supporting the Family Crisis Center and our vision of a safe community built on equality without the existence of violence.

What:

  • Distances of 22, 40 or 70 miles (on paved roads).
  • All routes have SAG support, rest stops with restrooms and refreshments.
  • BP MS 150 Recommended Ride.
  • Mechanical support at the start and at all rest stops.
  • Ride Tips and FAQ – This can be a challenging ride for some, please read our Ride Tips and FAQ page describing the route and tips on riding and training.

When:

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012, 9AM
Check-in and Registration the day of the ride from 6:30 to 8:30 AM.
All distances start at 9:00 AM.

Where:

The ride begins at Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park:
107 Hwy 71W, Smithville, TX 78957
Check here for route and starting line maps.

Registration:

Every rider must register!

Please note that registration is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Early Registration:

Early registration is available (both by mail and online) through Wednesday, February 22, 2012 with a $40 fee. Participants must send payment and completed forms postmarked by this date or register through the online system. After this date, online registration is available through February 29, 2012 with a $45 fee. Participants may also register in person, at Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park from 6:30-8:30 AM, on ride day with a $45 fee.

Use one of the following registration methods:

Register Online:Register Now Online!

Save yourself the price of a stamp and register early online for the same price as mail-in!

Online registration is available for $40 through Wednesday, February 22, 2012. After this date, online registration is $45. Online registration will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

Mail-In Registration: Download the Mail-In Registration Form

Mail-in registration is available for $40 through Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Payment and completed forms must be sent postmarked by February 22, 2012. Mail-in registration is not available after February 22, 2012.

Make checks payable to the “Family Crisis Center”, and mail payment and completed forms to:

Family Crisis Center
P.O. Box 736
Bastrop, TX 78602

Register at packet-pickup locations: (see below)

Fee: $45.
Save time by bringing a completed registration form

Register the Day of the ride:

Fee: $45.
You can register between 6:30 and 8:30 AM at the Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park
Save time by bringing a completed registration form

Packet Pick-up:

Early in Houston: Northwest Cyclery (website) 17458 NW Freeway, Houston, TX 77040 on Wednesday February 29, 2012 from 11AM until 6:30 PM

and

Early inAustin: Nelo’s Cycles (website) at 8108 Mesa Dr # B105 Austin Texas 78759 on Thursday March 1, 2012 from 11AM until 7:00 PM

Day of Ride in Bastrop: Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park at 107 Hwy 71W, Smithville, TX 78957 starting at 6:30AM until the start of the ride at 9 AM, Saturday, March 3rd, 2012.

For directions please see the map page

T-Shirts:

Each year, the Center orders t-shirts for cyclists riding in Pedal Thru The Pines. A t-shirt will be available for cyclists who pre-register for the event. T-shirts and packets can be picked up by pre-registered cyclists the day of the event beginning at 6:30 AM. T-shirts for cyclists who register the day of the event will be distributed, based on availability, after the ride. For cyclists registering on the day of the event, it is not possible for us to guarantee a shirt, or shirt of your desired size.

2012 Sponsors:

The Family Crisis Center would like to thank our fiscal year 2012 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.

Visionaries

Allies For Change

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative

The Family Crisis Center would also like to thank our Pedal Thru The Pines event sponsors who help make this ride a success!

Pedal Partners

Derailleurs

Bicycle Shops that Support Our Ride:

Visiting Bastrop

We hope that you enjoy both the event and your stay in the Bastrop area! We would like to encourage participating cyclists, family members, and friends to stop and shop in Bastrop. Below is a list of some of the many attractions and accommodations available in Bastrop, TX. If you do plan to stay in the area, please consider taking our short online survey in order to help us collect data on participants staying overnight. Your feedback is anonymous and confidential; we are hoping only to assess the number of participants who are staying locally in order to generate future support for this event.

Survey Link

Hotels:

  • Best Western
    107 Hunters Crossing Blvd, Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 321-0900
    www.bwbastrop.com
  • Comfort Suites
    505 Agnes Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 321-3377
    www.comfortsuitesbastroptx.com
  • Days Inn
    4102 HWY 71 E, Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 321-1157
    www.daysinnbastroptx.com
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
    240 South Hasler Boulevard, Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 321-2898
    www.bastrophampton.com
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
    491 Agnes St., Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 321-1900
    www.holidayinnbastrop.com
  • Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
    575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Lost Pines, TX 78612
    (512) 308-1234
    lostpines.hyatt.com
  • Quality Inn
    106 North Hasler Boulevard, Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 321-3303
    www.qualityinn.com/hotel-bastrop-texas-TX370
  • Super 8
    3110 Highway 71 E, Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 321-6000
    www.super8.com

Bed & Breakfasts:

  • 9E Ranch
    2158 Hwy 304, Smithville, TX 78957
    (512) 497-9502
    www.9eranch.com
  • Blue Heron
    583 Union Chapel Road, Cedar Creek, TX 78612
    (512) 789-9597
    www.blueheron-bnb.com
  • Elm Street Inn
    502 Elm Street, Bastrop, Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 581-1341
    www.elmstreetinn.com
  • Katy House
    201 Ramona Street, Smithville, TX 78957
    (512) 237-4262
    www.katyhouse.com
  • Magnolia Inn on Main
    703 Main Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 303-1140
    magnoliainnonmain.com
  • Pecan Street Inn
    1010 Pecan Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
    (512) 321-3315
    www.pecanstreetinn.com

For updated information regarding camping in the state parks, please visit the following websites:

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
  • Baxters On Main – 919 Main Street, Bastrop, TX (512) 321-3577
  • Coffee Dog – 49 Loop 150 West, Bastrop, TX – (512) 303-2244
  • Jalisco’s – 900 State Highway 95 Bastrop, TX 78602 (512) 303-7070
  • Starbucks – 501 Highway 71 W, Bastrop, TX – (512) 321-8051

Chamber of Commerce

Bastrop has much to offer, with things to see and do before and after the ride. We suggest visiting the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Volunteering:

Volunteers are a vital part of the Family Crisis Center, and there are many ways to volunteer your time and lend your talents to support the agency. Opportunities to volunteer for special events include serving on the event committee; assisting with set-up/tear-down; assisting with registration; assisting at one of the rest stops; and cheering in the cyclists at the start/finish line. For more information about fundraising volunteer opportunities, please contact the Center by email at fcc@familycrisiscenter.us .

Webmasters and others can help by volunteering space, continue reading below.

Webmasters / Shop Owners

If you have a cycling-related website and would like to link to the Pedal Thru The Pines, the Family Crisis Center invites you to utilize the HTML code below in order to include the Pedal logo and a link on your website.

Shop owners and cycling enthusiasts can help spread the word about this event by posting flyers in businesses or other popular spots where cyclists tend to be. Every little bit helps, and we greatly appreciate the support and positive feedback that we have received from cyclists participating in the event!

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.

Route Photos Gallery

Hello Pedal Thru The Pines Participants,

In an effort to make our ride safer and easier to navigate, we offer this photo gallery of Hot Spots, Cool Spots and Route related photos

Hot Spots denote hazardous areas on the routes such as blind approaches to intersections, unprotected lane crossings, RR Crossings and the like. Some of these spots will have a SAG member present directing cycle traffic or with route information available. We are making every effort to eliminate or otherwise lessen these hazards but as you are riding on public ways, we have limited control over what we can and cannot change. By providing these photos, you, the rider, will have a preview of what the hazard looks like before you ride the course. As always, ride with caution, awareness and responsibility for yourself and others on the route.

Cool Spots denote rest stops and scenic areas along the routes. Enjoy the refreshments, the fellowship and the ride!

Route related photos depict key turns and intersections along the route. Some of the photos show the approach to a turn or intersection. There should also be signs along all routes but know that sometimes our signs are inadvertently removed without our knowledge. If you need any assistance along the routes always look for SAG in orange vests or Family Crisis Center Volunteers for guidance.

Hopefully, after scrolling through these photos, your mind’s eye will remember these locations while you are riding our routes. Please use our feedback page with any comments or suggestions for improvements. Your safety is our first priority!

Larry Moomey
PTTP Safety Coordinator

Click on any picture and it opens a slide show, you can then scroll through by rolling over the photo and clicking the forward and backward arrows on each side. Note the text description at the bottom of each photo. These photos are in order as you ride the longest route; look for 16 mile (Alum Creek) and 27 mile (Buescher) rest stops throughout the slide show.

Ride Tips and FAQ

 

Ride Tips and FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions )

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Safe Riding 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.

FAQ:

What time does the ride start?

The ride starts at 9:00 AM

Where is the start line?

The start line is at Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park, 107 Hwy 71W, Smithville, TX 78957. You can see a map and directions to the start line here

Are all routes on paved roads?

Yes.

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

Yes.

Can I register the morning of the ride?

Yes, if the ride is not yet at capacity. Registration will be cut off at 1500 riders. You should check the website before you drive to Smithville to make sure that 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.

Where do I line up?

The Pedal Thru The Pines is asking riders to line up this year by expected riding speeds. Most of you are familiar with about how fast you normally average when riding and we are asking those that average above 18 MPH to line up towards the front even if they are riding a shorter distance. There will be divisions for 16 MPH average, 14 MPH average and 12 MPH and less average. Please line up in the group that makes the most sense as this will make it much less congested and safer during the ride. The difference for you lining up closer to the front will probably be less than 5 minutes overall and make our ride a much safer event.

Why are there no bib numbers this year?

We have decided to go with wristbands so that the rest stop volunteers and SAG drivers can identify those that have paid to participate. We ask that you display them prominently for easy identification. We would like to encourage you to carry identification with you and In Case of Emergency (ICE) numbers with you.

To submit a question for this FAQ,
please use our Feedback page

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.

Maps

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Route Maps:

Download 17 Mile Route Map

Download 27 Mile Route Map

Download 47 Mile Route Map

Download 62 Mile Route Map

Downloadable routes for your GPS:

17 miles

27 miles

47 miles

62 miles

Directions to the Start Line:

Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park is located at: 107 Hwy 71W, Smithville, TX 78957

From South Austin: Take Hwy 71 east past Bastrop 11 miles. 1.5 miles past the exit to Smithville take a right turn, a U-turn under the highway, to the start line.

From North Austin: Take Hwy 290 east to Elgin. Turn right on to Texas 95 South. Go about 16 miles. In Bastrop, turn left onto Hwy 71 East. Go 11 miles to the U-turn under the highway to the start line.

From Houston on I10W: Take I10 West to Hwy 71 West. Take Hwy 71 west to Smithville. About a half a mile past the Colorado Dr. Exit in Smithville, take a right turn into the park.

From Dallas/Ft Worth: Take I35 south to Toll Road 130 South, near Georgetown. Take 71 east to Smithville. 1.5 miles past the exit to Smithville, take a right turn, a U-turn under the highway, to the start line.

From San Antonio: Head North on I35 to Exit #205 turn right onto TX-80 south 0.3 miles take ramp to TX-21 East, 35 miles later take TX-71 East towards Smithville; 1.5 miles past the exit to Smithville, take a right turn, a U-turn under the highway, to the start line.

Start Line Google Map:

Here’s the start line.

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.

Map – 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:

Satellite 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