The Sweatin' Burnt Orange Bike Tour, now in its 14th year, is the annual fundraiser for The University of Texas at Austin Cycling Club. Each year, Texas alumni and club supporters ride through the beautiful hill country around Blanco, Texas.
The event hosts five fully supported route lengths between 11 and 73 miles. Rest stops and SAG vehicles ensure a safe, comfortable ride through the back country. At the end of the ride, participants are treated to real Texas BBQ on the square. One complimentary T-shirt and goodies are included in the registration fee.
Additionally, we're glad to announce a university student discount! Full registration price for students is $30, and a student ID must be presented at packet pickup.
This event is an incredible Texas riding experience that'll leave you Sweatin' Burnt Orange!
About Texas Cycling:
As both a student organization and competitive sports team, the club seeks to promote the sport of cycling on campus and facilitate rider development. Our team competes at the division I regional and national levels, the highest levels achievable for collegiate cyclists, and provides an introduction to bike racing for many students. Our club also stays involved in the community through bike safety clinics and charity events.
Event details and schedule
Ride Start and Check-In
The bike tour will start at 8:30 am from Blanco High School, 1215 4th St, Blanco, TX 78606, on November 4, 2018. Registration will open at 7:00 am. Here, you will receive your t-shirt, route cue sheets, goodie bag, and support vehicle information. Parking will be near the football practice field, on the east side of the building.
In case you were worried about what to eat the morning of the event, worry not! We’ll have breakfast tacos for sale and we will accept both cash and card (no checks please).
At 8:30 am, we will release the 73 mile route riders, followed quickly in waves by the 61, 47, 26, and 11 mile route riders.
All registrations will be handled using Active.com, where you can enter your information. On the cart view, you have the option to register people to ride with you in one transaction. Our EARLY BIRD PRICING gives you $10 off registration until September 30th! Registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the ride, November 3.
Day-of registration will be $80, payable by cash or card, until the ride start time.
What to Bring
All riders must wear a helmet at all times when on a bike. Please dress to your level of comfort, and bring along any tools/accessories for your specific bike. Two water bottles, sunglasses, gloves are recommended. If you would like to purchase breakfast or an additional lunch, please bring cash or card.
All rides will begin and end from Blanco High School, 1215 4th St, Blanco, TX . There will be signs along each route directing you when to turn, and signs pointing out cattle guards. If you see a cattle guard, don't go too slow, just stay smooth and straight! The forecast is predicting brisk weather Sunday morning around the low 50s and up to the mid 70s as the day progresses. Nevertheless, we all know how unpredictable Texas weather really is. Be sure to dress in layers to give yourself plenty of options!
Aid Stations and Support
On each route (for 26 miles or greater), you will see aid stations that will have fresh fruit, KIND Bars, PB&Js, and water. Stops will have staff and tools to help with minor mechanical issues. Stop by, have a drink, and say hello! If you encounter an issue that leaves you stranded between stops, we have support vehicles that you can call for help. You will be able to find contact information on the back of your cue sheet, so be sure to bring it with you!
The aid stations will be found at the following distances along each route:
11 mile route: <none>
26 mile route: 12 mi, 22 mi
47 mile route: 12 mi, 23 mi, 33 mi, 42 mi
61 mile route: 12 mi, 26 mi, 35 mi, 40 mi, 56 mi
73 mile route: 12 mi, 26 mi, 38 mi, 52 mi, 68 mi
Post Ride Lunch
Lunch will be served at Blanco County Courthouse starting at 10:45 am! The BBQ is being catered by Opie's Barbecue and includes brisket, sausage, and turkey. The vegetarian option will be a veggie sandwich from Redbud Cafe. The sides include beans, cole slaw, and potato salad.
With limited parking available at the Blanco Courthouse, an alternative option for getting there is... you guessed it, by bike! You can get to the courthouse by taking a right (due East) on 4th St from Blanco High School. It will be on your right in 1 mile.
Don’t want to drive early? If you were planning on making a trip out of the ride, our friends in the Hill Country have you covered. BLANCO RIVERSIDE COTTAGES is partnering with us for a 20% discount off your reservation total. The clean, well-appointed rooms make a perfect river weekend destination. Visit https://www.blancoriversidegetaway.com and take a look, or call (830) 330-4324 for Elissa. Code at checkout is UTCYCLING18
The University of Texas Cycling Club is sincerely grateful for Blanco Riverside Cottages, Chamois Butt’r, Coca-Cola, Holland Special Events, Homeplate Peanut Butter, and KIND Healthy Snacks for their support. We thank Blanco High School for providing a space to host our event. Barbecue is provided by Opie’s Barbecue of Spicewood, TX. Most of all, we thank all of you, our enthusiastic and loyal supporters of the club.
ROUTE MAPS:11 mile https://www.strava.com/routes/14593976
26 mile https://www.strava.com/routes/14593965
47 mile https://www.strava.com/routes/14594038
61 mile https://www.strava.com/routes/14594067
73 mile https://www.strava.com/routes/14594080