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Another Real Ale Ride is in the Books

June 15, 2015

Thanks to everyone that came to this year’s Real Ale Ride! We had another record turnout and the weather proved to be just about right. Considering all the rain we had before and after the ride, we won’t complain about the winds that we faced as the ride finished up at Real Ale Brewing!

We’ve got a few interesting stats on the ride we thought we’d share with you. first and foremost, our ride beneficiaries, Friends of Blanco State Park and Bike Austin each will receive $5,000.00 thanks to the tremendous number of riders we had register for this year’s ride. We’re also happy to report that thanks to our friends at Real Ale we’re committing an additional $25,000.00 to Bike Austin through 2015. This commitment has been in the works for some time and we’re pleased that everything has aligned to make it happen.

There were over 125 teams represented at this year’s ride, the largest of which was the national Instruments Cycling team, which brought 55 riders! While 74% of the riders were from Austin, 12% came from San Antonio, and 4 % came from Houston. Riders also came from mexico and all over the US including, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington!

We couldn’t have done the ride without our generous volunteers–all 125 of them! They were at the start/finish, helping with parking direction, and at our 8 rest stops. If you made a pit stop at any of those rest stops, you likely saw just some of the 500 fig newtons, 400 pounds of bananas, and 1,500 orange slices!

Ya’ll also drank a LOT of beer. $4,000 or so dollars worth in fact! Real Ale Brewing went through 32 kegs and 4 mini-kegs were consumed across 9 varieties of beer. The top 5 beers were Devil’s Backbone, Fireman’s, Full Moon, Hans’ Pils, and White. This year was the first year the new tap room was open and it was a big hit. Be sure to not wait until next year’s ride to go back for a visit!

You can see all of the great ride photos from Susan Beth Photography on our Facebook page. And you can read a take from the front of the 80 mile ride over here.

We hope you had a great time and are planning to join us May 21, 2016, for next year’s ride.

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