AUSTIN CYCLISTS PREPARE FOR ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO SHINER
On Saturday, May 5, the 2,070 residents of Shiner, Texas and especially the 55 of them working for the Spoetzl Brewery will welcome an estimated 1500 bike riders from Austin who are participating in the legendary Great Austin to Shiner Pedal (GASP).
Released April 5, 2007
On Saturday, May 5, the 2,070 residents of Shiner, Texas and especially the 55 of them working for the Spoetzl Brewery will welcome an estimated 1500 bike riders from Austin who are participating in the legendary Great Austin to Shiner Pedal (GASP). It’s an annual tradition dating back more than 30 years.
This years’ ride will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and will begin at 7:00am on May 5th at the MET Center, located at 8201 East Riverside Drive. Registration and additional ride information can be found at www.shinergasp.com. The cost is $40 and the first 100 registrants will receive a free Shiner bike jersey. Partner Passes are available for family and friends who want to join the post-ride festivities in Shiner.
The safety and the well-being of riders is extremely important to the ride organizers and sponsors. Rest stops every 12-20 miles will be manned by volunteers and will be stocked with drinks, snacks and first aid supplies. Support vehicles will travel the route all day offering rides, mechanical assistance and first aid if necessary. Some lanes along the route will be closed to vehicle traffic for the benefit of riders.
GASP, one of Texas’ longest running bike rides, is not a race. It is a chance for riders of many levels to enjoy a ride through approximately 90 miles of beautiful central Texas scenery, ending up on the grounds of Texas’ oldest independent brewery and celebrating their accomplishment with food and free Shiner beer. For most riders, this is a one-way trip. Transportation back to Austin for riders and their bikes can be reserved at the time of registration.
Shiner GASP originated in the 1970s as an informal annual fall ride from Austin to the Spoetzl Brewery for 50 or so people who were enthusiasts of both cycling and Shiner Bock beer. As word of the event spread, recreational cyclists joined in and the ranks eventually swelled to more than one thousand riders.
In 1999 the event was renamed BASH (Bike Austin San Antonio Houston) to recognize the addition of riders from those cities. The 2007 ride represents a return to the Austin-to-Shiner route of the ride.
“When we added more cities, the event became so popular that we had to make changes, like moving the finish away from the brewery grounds,” said Shiner spokesperson Belinda Susser. “This year is the Spoetzl Brewery’s 98th and we felt it was a good time to return the ride to its roots.”
In addition to Shiner, supporting race sponsors are Austin’s Pizza, Jack & Adam’s Bicycles, Power Bar and Pure Austin.
About Shiner Beer and the Spoetzl Brewery
German and Czech immigrants founded the town of Shiner and in 1909 began brewing beer inspired by the beers of their homelands. In 1914 they hired German brewmaster Kosmos Spoetzl, who modernized the brewery and brought with him recipes still used today. Spoetzl bought the brewery in 1915 and it continues to honor his name as well as his legacy of handcrafting extraordinary beers. In addition to the flagship Shiner Bock, the brewery produces Shiner Light, Blonde, Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen and Kolsch. Later this year the brewery will introduce a new beer, Shiner 98 in honor of the brewery’s 98th anniversary.
Learn more at www.shiner.com.
About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation inspires and empowers people with cancer. They help people with cancer focus on living; they believe that unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything. From the moment of diagnosis the LAF provides practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms.
Find out more at www.livestrong.org.