Friday night registration, packet pick up, and Opening Ceremony. 
**If you've never been to Opening Ceremony, PLEASE plan on attending! This is a great chance to connect with this special community and see the impact of your efforts. Get your rider packet, attend new rider orientation, eat some pasta (carb loading!!), and enjoy the program! 

When: Friday, April 26th

  • 4:30 – Registration and packet pickup opens 
  • 5:00 – New/Out-of-town Rider Orientation
  • 5:30 – Dinner starts serving
  • 6:15 – Program for 30-40 minutes
  • 8:00 – Packet pickup closes

Where: First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center

  • NW corner of 13th St and Lavaca; FREE parking in parking deck across the street (SW corner of 13th St and Lavaca)

 

Ride Day!!

When: Saturday, April 27th!! Woo hoo!

Where: Krause Springs; Spicewood, TX (Directions below)

  • 6:30 – Riders begin arriving
  • 7:00 – Light breakfast is served, check in, and yes -- coffee!

**If you DID NOT check in or pick up your packet Friday night, you MUST do so Saturday morning. If you DID check in Friday night, there's no need to do so again Saturday morning. 

  • 7:30 - 7:45 – 90-mile Riders ride out (ONLY the 90-mile riders)

**There are no departures between 7:45 - 8:30. 

  • 8:30 – All other routes ride out

**65-milers (and any 90-mile riders who missed 7:30-7:45 ride out) first, followed by 45-milers, followed by 13-milers

**ALL riders must have their rider number and helmet to ride! Advanced riders line-up closer to the front of the start-line with more leisurely riders toward the rear. You must have wristband from rider packet to eat. Don't forget! Yummy Central Market lunch.

**If you have not raised your minimum fundraising goal, communicate with us in advance. We want you to ride, but you must raise or commit to raising $500 ($250 for first-year riders). The HCRA is here to raise much-needed funds for those in need. You may have teammates willing to share funds, and the Ride office may be able to connect you with donors or share tips. Those riders actively working towards their goal will be given till the end of May to finalize their commitment.

**Bring your swim suits and towel! And camping gear if you plan to camp!

  • 10:00 – Riders from shorter routes begin crossing finish line. Plenty of snacks and beer waiting for you!
  • 11:00 - 5:00 –  BBQ Cookout and Beer Garden!! Enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, grilled chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, or hot dogs! Along with NXNW beer, LICK Ice Cream, Austin Cake Balls, games, and more…you’re gonna want to chill out and linger near the finish line while your friends return from the route. Cheers, y’all!
  • Spend the day at Krause Springs cheering in your friends, swimming in the magical springs, soaking up the HCRA love and the HCRA beer garden!

** Keep in mind: Riders on the 45, 65, and 90-mile routes will have lunch at the Lunch Pit Stop, but there will be PLENTY for EVERYONE to eat at Krause Springs ALL afternoon.

  • 4:00 – Last rider crosses finish line! Everyone gathers to cheer and welcome them! ALL ROUTES NOW CLOSED.
  • 4:30 – Closing ceremonies followed immediately by the AWARDS ceremony! A brief ceremony recognizing your work, the cause, and the awards for top fundraising. We want you all there for this!


Ride Policies

1. Orientations

All orientation schedules will be posted 4-6 weeks before ride day.

Riders

We have an orientation for riders who are doing their FIRST Hill Country Ride for AIDS. Returning riders are always welcome! At orientation you will get an idea of how the Ride works, review safety and other rules of the Ride, and meet other riders.

Volunteer Crew

An orientation is mandatory for all volunteer crew. Your crew leaders will contact you with the date and time of your orientation shortly after you register. If you have questions, please contact us at info@hillcountryride.org.

2. Daily Check-In/Check-Out

The morning of the Ride, you will wear your ride bib and helmet number from your packet. If you leave the route at any time during the day, you must first contact a Ride official or call the Ride’s emergency phone number. This system will ensure that all participants are accounted for and safe.

3. Riding Hours

You can begin riding only when the route is opened by the Ride Director. At 4:00 PM the ride route closes, and SAG and sweep vehicles will pick up all riders remaining on the road and take them to Krause Springs. Thank you for obeying pit stop and route opening and closing times. If you arrive at a pit stop after it has closed, SAG & Sweep can take you to the next pit stop or to Krause Springs.

4. Vehicles

To reduce traffic and keep riders safe, friends and family may not drive along the route. Encourage them to join you at Krause Springs for the start and finish of the Ride, and for the closing ceremonies and dinner. Some roads are very narrow, and we try to limit any excess traffic for the safety of the riders and other motorists. We have directions to Krause Springs that avoid the Ride route.

5. Camping

Riders and Crew are free to camp out at Krause Springs after the Ride is over on Saturday night. We have reserved a group of tent sites for Hill Country Riders for Friday and/or Saturday night. You need to contact Krause Springs to reserve one - all tent camping is on a first come first serve basis. Tent and RV camping is available.

6. Ride Courtesy

We want our hosts, as well as our riders and volunteers, to have a positive experience on the Hill Country Ride for AIDS. Please follow these rules:

a) Common courtesy.
b) Ride single file.
c) Obey all traffic signals and rules of the road.
d) Don’t litter at camp or on the road.
e) Respect the campsite and the local communities through which we are passing.
f) If you are camping, camp only where designated and in your tent.
g) Be respectful of staff and volunteers.

There will be hundreds of volunteer crew members on the Ride performing numerous functions to assure a smooth and safe Ride. Treat everyone with respect. Any violation of these will result in immediate expulsion from the Ride.

7. Leaving the Ride

Participants who wish to leave prior to the Ride's conclusion or who are expelled will be given information and advice on transportation home. Actual transportation, including all related costs, is the responsibility of the participant.

8. Conclusion of Ride

The Ride is over after the ceremonies and celebration on Saturday evening. All Ride services, including medical and food/water, will stop at 4:00 pm. The Hill Country Ride for AIDS has no responsibility upon the conclusion of the ceremonies and celebration dinner. Participants who camp overnight are subject to all rules and regulation set forth by Krause Springs.

Thank you for respecting and following the Ride rules and policies, which were enacted for everyone's safety and enjoyment. Your presence helps us to maintain our great relationships with our sponsors and hosts. Thanks for being such an important part of the success of the Hill Country Ride!

Safety Policies

Our first priority on the Hill Country Ride for AIDS is your safety. The Ride takes safety very seriously. We care about the safety and well being of our riders and volunteer crew.

1. Helmets

All Hill Country Ride participants must wear an ANSI-, CPCS-, or ASTM-approved helmet on the Ride and any riding events (i.e. training rides).

2. Directions/Instructions

Hill Country Ride participants must always follow directions/instructions given by a Ride official, including staff and volunteer crew. All riders must adhere to the Ride route.

3. Take Responsibility

You have a responsibility not only for your safety, but also for the safety of your fellow riders. Your actions on a bicycle affect others, including other riders, motorists, and pedestrians.

4. Ask

If you are unsure about what safe riding behavior is, ask. Never be afraid to ask questions about safe riding.

5. Unsafe Riding

Unsafe riding behavior or disregarding the Ride policies or procedures is cause for immediate expulsion from the Ride.

6. No Pets

As a rule, no pets are allowed at Krause Springs.

Safety Rules

  • Ride single file
  • No earphones/cell phones/portable radios while riding
  • No drafting
  • Obey all rules of the road
  • Pass on left
  • Use proper hand signals
  • Watch for debris and other road hazards
  • Don’t create road hazards
  • Be courteous of drivers
  • Be courteous of other cyclists