Tour de Houston, presented by Apache Corporation, is an annual bike ride offering Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city. With routes winding through Houston's historic neighborhoods, scenic districts, and parks, the Tour de Houston is a great way to see firsthand what makes Houston so great. Proceeds benefit the City's Re-Plant Houston program.
Tour de Houston, presented by Apache Corporation, will take place March 19, 2017. Now in its 12th year, this annual bike ride offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with routes winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts, and parks while raising funds for the Re-Plant Houston program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. With three ride distance options, Tour de Houston is the perfect event for cycling enthusiasts of all levels. The Mayor's Office of Special Events is anticipating 5,000 riders for this year's event.
Every year a new route is featured to meet the Mayor’s objective to showcase different Houston neighborhoods. The 20, 40, and 60-mile rides* are a BP MS 150 approved training ride. Riders will begin and end in Hermann Square at City Hall, located at 901 Bagby. After the ride, cyclists and volunteers are invited to join us at our Post-Ride Party, held in front of City Hall. The Post-Ride Party, sponsored by Michelob Ultra, will include live music, free beverages, and a complimentary lunch for all riders.
FREE PARTICIPANT PARKING: Lot C and H - at corner of Memorial and Houston Ave for cars with rooftop bike racks. Theater District parking on Rusk between Bagby and Smith for cars with trunk mounted bike racks.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
6:00 a.m.: Check-in and Registration
7:30 a.m.: 60 Mile Ride
7:30 a.m.: 60 Mile Ride (12 and under)
8:00 a.m.: 40 Mile Ride
8:00 a.m.: 40 Mile Ride (12 and under)
8:30 a.m.: 20 Mile Ride
8:30 a.m.: 20 Mile Ride (12 and under)
1:30 p.m.: Post-Ride Party
*mileage is not exact
January 13-29: $30 (13 and older); $20 (12 and under)
January 30 - February 18: $35 (13 and older); $20 (12 and under)
February 19 - March 18: $40 (13 and older); $20 (12 and under)
March 19: $45 (13 and older); $20 (12 and under) CASH, CHECKS, AND CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
*Online registration closes at 9:00 a.m. on March 19, 2017. Walk-up registration will open at 6:00 a.m. on March 19, 2017.
Packet Pickup Information:
Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at City Hall
Saturday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sun & Ski (Westheimer location)
Sunday, March 19 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at City Hall
Rules of the Road:
- KNOW YOUR LIMITS! Choose a mileage you are sure you are able to ride. Need help deciding? Click here!
- Follow the order of your chosen mileage:
- 60 Milers begin at 7:30 a.m.
- 40 Milers begin at 8:00 a.m.
- 20 Milers begin at 8:30 a.m.
- Each start time will have several waves grouped by speed with the fastest riders starting first (Wave Start). The Wave Start will help riders spread out faster and more safely.
- Starting in the right pace group will avoid the need to pass or be passed at the beginning of the ride and will reduce congestion significantly.
- This is NOT a race, please be careful and courteous to everyone on the road.
- Be aware of changing road surfaces. Watch for cracks, manhole covers, etc.
- This is not a closed route. Intersections will be manned by traffic officers.
- OBEY TRAFFIC RULES, OFFICERS, AND TRAFFIC SIGNALS. Use caution at all intersections.
- Helmets are REQUIRED! If you do not wear a helmet you will not be able to participate.
- No use of headphones, mobile phones, Bluetooth devices, hand-held cameras, trailers, or tag-a-longs.
- Use verbal and hand signals to announce your intentions (“passing on your left”, “left turn”, “right turn”, “slowing”, “stopping”, etc.).
- Scan for traffic and signal lane changes and turns – you are considered a vehicle.
- Be predictable – maintain your line and your speed. Don’t accelerate or slow down suddenly.
- Travel in a straight line unless you are avoiding hazards or passing another rider.
- Ride no more than two abreast. Slower riders please ride as far right as safely as possible to allow faster riders to pass on your left.
- The Ride Marshals will assist with problems on the road. If you need assistance, pull completely off the road, remove your helmet, and use it to wave for help.
- ALL ROUTES ARE SECURED UNTIL 1:30 P.M. After 1:30 p.m. riders will have the option to hop on the Sag Wagon or continue to ride without support.
Rest Stop 1 and 5: Weingarten Property (8620 Stella Link Rd, Houston 77025)
Rest Stop 2 and 4: Buffalo Run Park (1122 Buffalo Run, Missouri City 77489)
Rest Stop 3: Blueridge Park (5600 Court Road, Houston 77051)
Rest Stops are busy, so please slow down well in advance. Fully pull into the rest stops. Do not stop on the road. Yield to riders exiting from rest stops.
Be prepared to slow down and stop at ALL railroad crossings.
Crossing #1: South Braeswood (westbound) between Linkwood and Greenwillow
Crossing #2: Texas Parkway @ Highway 90 (North and Southbound)
Crossing #3: South Braeswood (eastbound) between Linkwood and Greenwillow
If you are a 60-mile participant and have not reached Rest Stop 2 by 10:30 a.m. you will be advised to turn-around.
If you are a 40-mile participant and have not reached Rest Stop 1 by 10:30 a.m. you will be advised to turn-around.
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