Greater Dallas Bicyclists
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Make plans to enjoy a fabulous day of Texas springtime cycling in the luscious and calm countryside south of Dallas! For the 16th consecutive year, the Greater Dallas Bicyclists, together with the City of Lancaster, is staging the Lancaster Country Ride on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9 am. Lancaster is a mere 15 minutes from downtown Dallas.
Join us as we cycle through the scenic countryside of Lancaster and surrounding areas. The routes traverse a variety of terrain, from flats to rolling hills, with a few challenging climbs. Rest stops every 10 or 12 miles with water, sports drink and fruit. The wildflowers are in full bloom in April and our routes feature picturesque meadows with dense concentrations of Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, and other colorful spring flowers.
Start/Finish: On-site registration and breakfast begins at 7 am. Ride starts at 9 am from the gazebo near the historic Lancaster town square off Main Street and Dallas Avenue. After the ride, stick around with other cyclists to enjoy the festivities on the square.
Mileage options: 23, 42 and 62 miles staggered start for safety. We have scouted and ridden the routes to ensure smooth roads and scenic countryside for all bicyclists to enjoy. The 42 and 62 mile options take you directly through the Bluebonnet Trail on beautiful and hilly Sugar Ridge Road. GDB requires helmets to be worn during the ride.
Price/Registration: There are 4 ways to register/pay for this event:
1. You can register via active.com ($25 if paid on or before March 28th; $30 if paid from March 29th until April 13th). Register through Active.com
2. You can register via US Mail ($25 if postmarked by March 28th; $30 if postmarked from March 29th until April 4th). NOTE: forms mailed after April 4th will probably not get to us in time and are therefore not guaranteed to be valid. Download the registration form (in PDF format) which can be printed, filled out and mailed in to us. You can also pick up a rally flyer (including registration form) at most area bicycle shops.
3. You can register at the Packet Pickup events listed below ($30 cash/check only).
4. You can register at the Lancaster Gazebo near the start line on the day of the rally ($30 cash/check only).
Packet Pick-Up: To ease rally day on-site registration, we’ll have packet pickup at five locations. You can go to these events to pick up your packet if you've already registered via active.com or US mail. You can also go to these events and fill out a registration, pay the fee there and get your packet. Ride participants must sign their own liability release waiver (either electronically when registering via active.com or by signature on the paper registration form).
Saturday April 6th from 12:30-3pm at Richardson Bike Mart (Campbell and Coit Road in Richardson)
Wednesday April 10th from 4pm–7pm at the Dallas REI (LBJ Freeway at Welch)
Wednesday April 10th from 4pm–7pm at B&B Bicycles (229 East FM1382 in Cedar Hill)
Thursday April 11th from 4pm-7pm at Plano Cycling & Fitness (North Central Expressway at 18th Street)
Friday April 12th from 4pm-7pm at Mad Duck Cyclery (721 E. NW Hwy, Grapevine)
Breakfast: Come early to purchase pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice from the Boy Scouts. They will be at the First United Methodist Church, 201 South Dallas Avenue, across the street from the town square starting at 7am.
Directions to the Ride:
The rally starts at the Lancaster town square:
108 North Dallas Avenue
Lancaster, TX 75146
To get to the start from I-20, take exit #470 and go south on Lancaster Rd (Hwy 342). Lancaster Rd becomes Dallas Ave. Continue 4.5 miles to the Gazebo area near the town square. For GPS users, the Gazebo is in the 200 block of North Dallas Avenue.
GPX Files (for GPS units): [NOTE: you will need to right-click on the link and select option to download the file]
For more information:
Email: Click here to send an email to the Rally Director.
NOTE: No Refunds. No Packets Will Be Mailed. Event Held Rain or Shine. Helmets are Required. Please do not use earbuds. One Form per Rider. Photocopies Accepted. WAIVER MUST BE SIGNED.
Recommended Training Ride of Bike MS: Sam's Club
Thank you. Because of your participation in this event, Greater Dallas Bicyclists are proud to donate funds throughout the year to various non-profit organizations in Lancaster and Dallas.