River Road

^Slow and Easy from James . Strava map. Part 1 here.

A friend asked me about River Road. This video shows what it’s like  on the road during the winter. It was a warm day in February when we did this ride. As I’ve said before, you really can’t ride it in the summer unless you like traffic.

You can see Part 1 here. It shows the drop in to the part of the road that runs parallel to the river. It’s a very nice road with short shallow rollers. If you do only  River Road to the gas station it’s 30 miles round trip with 1,200 feet of climbing. More or less Tempo Monster territory.  The only real climbing is the drop in portion when you come back.

On this particular ride we did 2 steep climbs and the next 2 videos with show you those. Stay tuned.

Part 1 here. Go there for a list of all 5 parts.

Safety First

^Safety First from James . Strava map.

I was looking through the video of a ride we did on River Road a while back. There is a section of road that drops down to the river and then follows the river for several miles. The drop down is fun but when it reaches the bottom you’re going fairly fast, maybe even 40. The turn is at the bridge and the concrete is  slick. If it’s wet it’s even worse. If you went over the edge it’s enough of a drop to get hurt, maybe even seriously. The bridge has a guard rail but I never noticed where the railing was. I posted the video because I thought it was funny that there is no railing where you need it most. Go figure.

Anyway, River Road is a nice ride. You really can’t do it in the summer due to all the traffic but in winter, on a nice warm day, it’s great. If you just want to do River Road you can start in Gruene, where we did and go up to Satler on FM 2673 which is the 15 mile mark. There is a gas station there where you can rest and regroup and then head back. It’s mostly flat until you’re almost back and hit the drop in… going up. That’s about a 1 mile climb of about 100 ft. Just enough to be fun.

This video is the first of several from this ride. You’ll see River Road in the first two and then the two climbs we did. They’re steep, short and nice. The good thing is that it’s easy to skip them if you’re not in the mood. But when does that ever happen? If you really want to make it fun there are 5 more short double digit hills in the area that only add about 10 miles to the ride. I’ll show you those soon. Stay tuned!

Part 2 here.

Part 3 here.

Part 4 here.

Part 5 here.