The Tour de Gruene is an annual 2 day bicycling event with all radio communications being coordinated by the GVARC Ham Radio Club. Hams are stationed at key / critical intersections or locations where rider safety may be at risk. They are also stationed at break points to report on supply or rider pickup requests.
The 2013 event was held on Saturday, November 2nd, and Sunday, November 3rd. (Next year it will be on November 8&9th.) I only worked the event on Sunday morning, so the attached photos were from that date only. I heard reports that what I experienced on Sunday was also repeated on Saturday, in terms of riders “jumping” off the bridge at River Crossing #4 to avoid “making a new friend” with an oncoming vehicle. At the time this article was posted, you could still view the 2013 course maps online at this link. The 2013 route was unusual, in that area road construction on the normal route force a major change in the route direction. In fact, they started up on River Road in Sattler, Texas, at the VFW Post (River Road & FM2673) instead of in downtown Gruene, Texas.
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