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 27th

  • 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 28th!! 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!