Pedal Through the Pines
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Part of my team decided to break away from the normal training rides of the Hill Country Ride this weekend and do another organized ride. This ride is the Pedal Through the Pines Ride in Bastrop, Texas, which is about 45 minutes east of Austin. Pedal Through the Pines benefits the Family Crisis Center in Bastrop and the surrounding area. There were over 1300 riders in the event this year!
The ride started at the Bastrop High School. There were several different distance options: 16, 27, 55 and 62 mile lengths. My group decided to go with 55 miles. The ride takes you out of Bastrop, through Bastrop State Park, out of the park across farm land, and then back into Bastrop along the Colorado River.
The ride through Bastrop State Park is particularly beautiful, as the park is full of very tall pine trees that are part of the Lost Pines of East Texas. The landscape is very different than Austin and the Hill Country which have more cedar and oak trees, both of which are much shorter, squatter trees. The park is also very hilly -- very much like a roller coaster. A lot of riders had difficulties with the hills in the park. I suspect many were first time event riders-- and were not used to that many riders or the quick pace of the hills. Many times riders would sail down one hill, and forget to get into a lower gear to head back uphill on the other side -- being clipped in to their pedals and not in the proper gear, many were falling over as they lost leverage and speed, resulting in big pile ups.
We had a great picnic lunch after the ride in the park, as two of our team members (Adam and Brit) had decided to camp out in the park that weekend. We grilled hot dogs outdoors and drank beer after the ride -- truly a great way to celebrate a good day of riding!
Fund raising update: My total to date: $700. Team total to date: $3,000.