Captains Blog – 2/14/2017 – President’s Day ride

President’ Day Ride

Coming up this Monday, February 20th, is the annual President’s Day ride – a great Velo Valero tradition.  Starting out at The Settlement at Patriot Ranch, just south of Luling, this great ride goes through the beautiful Palmetto State Park.  Afterwards join us for lunch at the world famous Smitty’s in downtown Lockhart.  Started in 1900, this place is famous for its brisket, prime rib, sausage links and more.  Cooked in the back over wood fired brick pits – that’s where you order too! (It’s rumored that the smoke from the pits is the only thing holding the building together)  It’s awesome!  Read more about Smitty’s here.

Here are some photos that show the fun we had on these rides –

LBJ 100

Eight more weeks to train for the LBJ 100.  Get ready for the metric century! (also 30 & 42 mile routes)  April 1st (despite the date, LBJ was no fool!) is the date for this fantastic ride through the Texas hill country.  This will be the 10th Anniversary for the ride.  Starting and ending on the famed LBJ Ranch, the routes take riders under majestic live oaks, past historical landmarks that figured prominently not only in the Johnson family history, but also in U.S. presidential history. Funds raised support events, education, and historic preservation projects in the Park. This is a “Ride to Preserve History.”

2017 Registration Fees   (register before March 1st to save 25% on registration fees!)

Individual $40/$50 after 3/01/2017

Family $95/$105 after 3/01/2017

Youth $20/$30 after 3/01/2017




7:00 AM – Gates open/Breakfast Available
9:00 AM – Ride Starts
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Lunch Served
2:00 PM – Luci Johnson Guided Tour Begins on the Airstrip
​Rest Stop Checkpoint Cut-off for Mandatory Pick Up
​5:00 PM – LBJ National Historical Park Closes

Routes:  30, 42, 62 miles

Packet pickup is on day of ride only.

Register at today!

LBJ State Park is about 70 minutes from 281 & 1604.

Winter Rides

As I was playing soccer on Sunday and sweating like it was already Summer, I wondered where the winter temperatures were. Then I realized that we had two days of freeze warning last month and that was really the entire winter season in South Texas! We continue to have training rides all “winter” long. Check the Velo Valero calendar for rides occurring every Saturday. Calendar link . The weather may be a bit cool (better than 105 degrees!), but it’s great training weather.