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Explore all that Austin has to offer in the best way possible--by bike! Whether you want to casually tour around town, get technical on the trails in one of Austin's parks, or go for a long ride out to Lockhart for some BBQ, we have the right ride to enhance the perfect day.
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Rental bikes are available at the Lamar and Guadalupe shops.
Bicycle Sport Shop’s number one priority for all rides is safety. Due to the road conditions, and routes for the Real Ale Ride, we are limiting this ride to 2,250 participants. All riders must wear an assigned number bib to prove his/her registration. We go to great efforts to provide as much help as possible along all the routes with paid First Aid responders, volunteer corner marshals, SAG drivers, and Rest Stop crews. Bicycle Sport Shop can only be responsible to those who are registered with their assigned bib number.
Real Ale Ride registration fee includes a fully supported ride route, parking at the brewery, lunch, beer from Real Ale (or soda), music, brewery tours, and a lot of fun. If you register by April 30, you also receive a free event t-shirt. Your registration fee also supports our ride beneficiary.
$75.00 until September 30
$85.00 October 1 through October 25
$100.00 on October 26
NOTES: We are using BikeReg this year and a small registration fee will be added at the end. Online registration closes at 11:59 PM on October 24. On-site registration will be available at Packet Pickup on Friday, October 25 at Bicycle Sport Shop on S Lamar for $85. You can also purchase registrations at the Real Ale Brewery the morning of ride day on October 26 for $100.
NOTE: If you are picking up a packet for a friend or family member you must bring a signed Ride Waiver.
Mileage options are 15, 30, 50, 65, and 80 miles. 2019 route map >
Routes will be marked, but you can also view the routes on Ride with GPS to download the file for your bike computer:
In an effort to have a variety of lunch options, we are giving you the choice to pick your meal again in 2019! You have a choice to eat lunch from Old 300 BBQ, ALC Steaks, Burro Cheese Kitchen, or Palm Frites. You'll get a ticket to this truck in your packet, so make sure this is what they/you want to eat after the ride! Truck tickets are first-come, first-serve and each truck has a limited amount of spots available. Gluten-free and Vegetarian options will be available but must be requested when you make your truck selection.
All Real Ale Ride cyclists are required to wear a helmet at all times when on their bike. In addition, riders will need
Sorry, showers are not available.
The 2019 Real Ale Ride jersey is an exclusive edition Pearl Izumi jersey available for a limited time in both men's and women's sizes!
While the Real Ale Ride is fully supported by our experienced mechanics (our service department is an all-time Winner in the Austin Chronicle Readers' Poll) there’s no better way to ensure you keep rolling than by learning a thing or two about your bike. Join one of our mechanic instructors for a free basic maintenance class this spring. In these one-hour classes, you’ll learn about:
BSSU class schedule and registration >
Whether this is your first ride or you've done this many times before, we want the Real Ale Ride to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We think that begins with a bike that fits. Bicycle Sport Shop's trained bike fit staff will take you through the process of a proper fit. After your session with one of our fit experts, you'll have a clear understanding of how your body works on a bicycle and why a properly fit bicycle is so important to your riding experience. More on Fitting >
Since 1996, Real Ale Brewing Company has been brewing in Blanco, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. When you get to make beer in a place like this, you develop a greater appreciation for the simpler things in life — fresh air, wide-open spaces, and working with your hands. We're proud to make beer with as little processing as possible. In addition to being unfiltered and unpasteurized, we never use preservatives or artificial colors. We start with water from the nearby Blanco River and the highest quality ingredients. Then we take the time to allow all the unique characteristics of the ingredients to shine. We believe doing less to the beer actually creates more complexity, aroma, and flavor. Directions to the Real Ale Brewery >
Learn more about Blanco >
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