Wurst Ride and Wurstfest

wurstride2009Last Saturday Marci, Travis and I participated in the Wurst Ride, a 100K ride from south Austin to New Braunfels. New Braunfels is the location of the annual Oktoberfest celebration, Wurstfest. For Marci and me, this was the third consecutive year to participate in this ride and it is one of my favorites.

Last year there was a bit of a headwind, but this year the weather was great, including some nice cloud cover for the first couple of hours. We are currently experiencing an extended period of perfect weather in Austin. It happens most years in both spring and fall, but varies greatly in length. This fall’s nice weather has been wonderful and I hope it continues for a few weeks, at least.

The cost of the Wurst Ride includes tickets to Wurstfest, so we headed there after enjoying the post ride amenities (beer and brauts). Additionally, my parents had driven down, with my kids and grandmother, to join us at Wurstfest and to provide transportation home. We didn’t stay as late as we have some years, but the kids still got in plenty of carnival rides.

Now, for the first time in months, I don’t have an organized bike ride to anticipate. I guess I should see about finding one….

wurstfest 1

wurstfest 2

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  1. #1 by Employee No. 3699 on November 12, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    We’ve actually been experiencing some nice weather the last week; upper 50’s and low 60’s. Maybe not as nice as where you are, but not bad for Chicago in November.

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    • #2 by Ren on November 16, 2009 - 9:46 am

      Employee No. 3699 – I was wanting to tag along when my wife went to Chicago, but it turned out that it was just for one day – last Wednesday. At least she had decent weather. 🙂

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  2. #3 by kilax on November 12, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    That sounds like so much fun! How many people participated? How sore is your ass? LOL, we rode for 12 miles yesterday, and my butt definitely hurts 😉
    .-= kilax´s last blog ..Don’t “just say no” =-.

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    • #4 by Ren on November 16, 2009 - 9:48 am

      kilax – I’m not sure what the final rider count was, but at least a couple hundred. I wasn’t particularly sore after this ride. In fact, that seems to be the aspect we train for the most — time in the saddle.

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  3. #5 by Kevin Spencer on November 12, 2009 - 12:52 pm

    Oohh, beer and brauts eh? Sounds like a perfect way to spend the afternoon.
    .-= Kevin Spencer´s last blog ..About That Balance Owed =-.

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    • #6 by Ren on November 16, 2009 - 9:50 am

      Kevin Spencer – Yes, it’s very nice. The need some funnel cake or something, too, though. At least for the people that don’t feel like making the trek over to the actual Wurstfest grounds to buy such things. A couple of years ago the post-ride area was a short walk to Wurstfest, but for the last two years it’s been a few miles away. They have a shuttle, though.

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  4. #7 by LeSombre on November 13, 2009 - 6:19 am

    Pffft, I do the exact same thing every summer week when I bike to work. Meaning of course that I bike 100k in 5 days of back and forth. 😀

    I, Sir, bow down to you.

    ::bows::
    .-= LeSombre´s last blog ..iBanish Thee! =-.

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    • #8 by Ren on November 16, 2009 - 9:51 am

      LeSombre – I used to be pretty good about riding to work at least once a week, but it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been consistent about it. My commute is 11.5 miles each way. I’d ride more, but it’s just not convenient when coordinating with my daughters’ schedules.

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