The ice in Austin had only melted a week before the third annual AuFred, Austin to Fredericksburg, ride. The temperature was going to increase over 30 degrees on the day we left making it tough to prepare for 6 hours on the bike. Halfway through the ride we shed any extra layers of clothing and then later found Austin set a record high of 86 degrees on February 14. The high temperatures brought stiff winds from the northeast that slowed our progress quite a bit. The ten riders in our group fought headwinds most of the 100 mile ride to Fredericksburg.
There were not many mishaps on the ride other and me losing a tooth before the ride and Jim blowing a tire around mile 35 near Pedernales State Park. We picked up Jim and repaired his bike in Blanco during our lunch stop. We then continued on to Luckenbach, TX where Ted had a bullish time.
The entire profile of the ride is below. If you click on the profile you can view the elevation and it is interestingly uphill almost the entire way.
Fredericksburg greeted us with much cooler temperatures and just as much sunshine as the day before. There was a chance of a tailwind so we were all looking forward to making good time downhill with a tailwind. The ride almost entirely slopes downward until you cross the Pedernales river and start the 23 minute climb out of Hamilton Pool Park. The climb out was very nice until the furry mustached man in a red Tahoe had to stop traffic to yell at us to get out of the road. Ironically he yelled and honked directly across from the “Share the Road” sign. We were in separate groups of three, four and three and all had the same privilege of being yelled at by this friendly Texan. I hope he feels better about himself now.
We regrouped and finished the ride into Austin. The tailwinds pushed us north up 360 and into Westlake to conclude the roundtrip without any injuries, mechanical issues or bullshit.
Complete Day 2 Profile is below….