Rolling hills, rest stops stocked with pickles, fruit and sandwiches, and scenery that’ll make the grouchiest armadillo smile are on tap this Saturday when the Armadillo Hill Country Classic returns to Liberty Hill.
The ride, a fund-raiser for Bike Austin, offers distance options of 11, 20, 39, 51, 68 and 103 miles through the Hill Country and Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.
“The Armadillo is one of Bike Austin’s major fund-raisers and your support is truly appreciated,” said Mercedes Feris, executive director of Bike Austin, formerly Austin Cycling Association.
We’re just hoping much-needed rains don’t interfere too much. Today’s KVUE weather forecast shows a 70 percent chance of rain Saturday, although Feris says a party is planned rain or shine.
The fully-supported ride begins at Liberty Hill Elementary School and rest stops are spaced an average of 14 miles apart. Registration includes a post-ride lunch and bike rodeo. The event is open to cyclists of all ages and abilities. Participants get a T-shirt, route maps and lunch. All cyclists must wear helmets.
Gates open at 6:30 a.m. and the ride starts at 8 a.m. Cyclists will be staged 10 minutes apart, according to route distance. Food service begins at 10:30 a.m.
Entry fee is $45 for Bike Austin members or $60 for non-members ($20 for ages 16 and under) on race day.
Bike Austin provides cycling advocacy, education and support for people who ride. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bike Austin Education Fund, which pays for bicycle education classes.
For more information go here.
If you’ve already registered, packet pickup is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Nelo’s Cycles, 8108 Mesa Drive; noon to 7 p.m. Friday at Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 S. Lamar Boulevard; and 6:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Hill Elementary School, 1400 Loop 332 in Liberty Hill.
Route maps below …