Where does the ride start/end? The ride starts and ends on the lower end of the airstrip located on the historic LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas. See directions to the Ranch on the Contact page. At the Start/Finish area, cyclists will find the registration, breakfast, and lunch tents.
Where do we park? Parking for all cyclists is on the airstrip located on the LBJ Ranch. Parking is included in your registration fee.
Is there a package pick up before the day of the ride? No. All cyclists can pick up their bibs the morning of the ride at the registration tent near the Start/Finish line.
How do we get to the Ranch? Please see the directions on the Contact page. Please note that the ride takes place at the LBJ National Park, not the adjacent LBJ State Park.
What time should we arrive? The Ranch gates open at 7:00 AM. Ideally you should plan to arrive no later than 8:00 to allow time to park, register, and get ready to ride! Note that incoming traffic will be temporarily stopped between 8:50 - 9:20 to allow the cyclists to exit the Ranch safely. If you arrive after that, you will still be able to get out on the course and enjoy the ride.
Will parking be more efficient this year? We have listened to your feedback about the length of time to park and we have made some changes to the parking logistics that will hopefully make parking more efficient this year. The biggest change is that vehicles will enter the airstrip this year about midway up, rather than having to drive all the way to the top of the airstrip and then back down. We hope that these changes help alleviate the parking bottleneck that has occurred in the past. However, we still urge you to arrive at the Ranch earlier rather than later to make sure you have plenty of time to prep before the ride starts.
What happens if the US Government is shut down again as of the day of the ride? Unfortunately, if there is a lapse in appropriations after midnight on Friday, March 23, the LBJ 100 Bicycle Ride will have to be cancelled and no refunds will be given. The federal government is currently funded through March 23, 2018, through a continuing resolution. If a budget or another continuing resolution is not passed by midnight on that date, there would be a federal government shutdown. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, like other national parks, would be closed as a result. Since the LBJ 100 Bicycle Ride begins and ends on federal property, and National Park Service personnel are essential to hosting the ride, the event would have to be cancelled. Please know that the Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and the National Park Service put a lot of time and resources into hosting the LBJ 100. We will only cancel the ride if absolutely necessary. We will monitor the situation and post any updates on this website. In addition, we will keep registered cyclists updated the week before the ride through emails.
What happens in the event of inclement weather? Ride organizers are constantly watching the weather for any activity that may disrupt the ride. Generally, the ride will be held, rain or shine, cold or hot, windy or not, unless severe weather is forecast (like last year). If severe weather is a possibility, ride organizers will make a call by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 23, to hold the ride or to cancel it. Updates will be posted on the ride website. If the ride is cancelled due to severe weather, no refunds will be given (sorry!).
Is Luci Johnson giving her guided bike tour of the Ranch again? Yes!As avid cyclists, Luci, and her husband, Ian Turpin, helped start the LBJ 100 11 years ago as a way to raise funds for and awareness of the LBJ Ranch and National Historical Park. Luci has led informal, guided bike tours of the Ranch for several years now and she plans to do so again this year. This event is always popular, attracting over 125 cyclists last year to join her on a relaxed tour around the Ranch sites as Luci talks about growing up on the Ranch as the daughter of a US President. Her ride begins this year at 2:00 on the lower end of the airstrip, just past the Start/Finish line. Her ride is free and no pre-registration is necessary. Just be there around 2:00 and enjoy the history telling.
Do cyclists have to follow Texas traffic laws when riding the LBJ 100? Yes! All laws pertaining to cylists apply to the LBJ 100, especially the provision of the Texas Transportation Code that specifies that riders may only ride two abreast. Sec. 551.103(c) states: "Persons operating bicycles on a roadway may ride two abreast. Persons riding two abreast on a laned roadway shall ride in a single lane. Persons riding two abreast may not impede the normal and reasonable flow of traffic on the roadway. Persons may not ride more than two abreast unless they are riding on a part of a roadway set aside for the exclusive operation of bicycles." Please obey the law and be respectful of our rancher and farmer neighbors' rights to be on the road, as you would want them to be respectful of your rights to be on the road. Please also be aware that DPS patrolmen did give out some tickets last year to some cyclists. Please don't ruin your ride by getting a ticket.
Are there any hazards on the various routes? The LBJ 100 goes through active ranch land in many parts. As such, cyclists will encounter some potential obstacles such as cattle guards, loose gravel, pitted roads, cattle and sheep (and their droppings), and low water crossings. Please be careful as you encounter these. In particular, there are two low water crossings on the 42-mile route that can be very slippery if wet, which all depends on how much rain the area has received the week prior to the ride. Ride organizers will monitor these two crossings up until the Friday before the ride to determine what additional safety measures might be taken to minimize these potential hazards.
Are there activities for non-cyclists? Absolutely! Non-cyclists can take the self-guided tour of the Ranch, sign up for tours of the Western White House, go inside the JetStar that served as Air Force One, and visit the adjacent LBJ State Park. In addition, you'll be in the heart of the Texas Hill Country with over 50 wineries and several distilleries within a 30-minute drive of the Ranch. See the links to the nearby chambers of commerce below for more information on what there is to do nearby.
Can a non-cyclist buy a lunch ticket? Yes. A non-cyclist lunch ticket is $10 and can be purchased at the registration tent on the day of the ride.
What meal is being served at lunch this year? This year's lunch will consist of beef and veggie burgers, beans, and chips. Tea and water will also be provided. Beer will be provided by Capitol Wright Brewing and Pecan Street Brewing Company. In addition, breakfast tacos, coffee and other light snacks will be available for purchase before the ride begins.
Can you recommend local lodging and restaurant options? There are plenty of restaurants and hotel, motel, and B&B rooms available in the area. But the hotels tend to fill up fast that time of year as it's peak wildflower season in the Hill Country. Please consult the local chambers of commerce for more information on options. Johnson City C of C; Fredericksburg C of C; Blanco C of C; Marble Falls C of C.
Are dogs allowed in the Park? Yes, but please keep them on a leash and clean up after them.
Is tailgating allowed? Yes, but pop up tents, chairs and other tailgating material need to be kept on the grass along the airstrip so as not to interfere with cyclists and vehicles entering and exiting the airstrip.
Have other questions? Please contact Brent Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-516-2098.