It was the late 1970's when a small group of cyclists in Austin, TX decided to take on a unique challenge and satisfy a desire for their two favorite things... riding bikes and drinking great tasting beer. It was at that moment in time when the Great Austin to Shiner Pedal was born. Throughout the years GASP has evolved into one of the biggest, best bike rides in the state of Texas and beyond while at the same time ensuring the small town feel of its roots are not lost. Get ready to hop and your bike, ride a pretty long way and have a great time. We'll see you in Shiner!
On the morning of the ride, 100 mile riders may drop 1 small soft-sided drop bag (nothing valuable, please!) at the start in Austin and we will have it waiting for you in Shiner. 50 and 25 mile riders may drop a bag at the designated area at the Brewery. Please attach your provided ride number to your bag.
Please bring a valid driver's license or government ID if you plan to consume any beer. Beer servers will ID anyone who looks under 30 years of age.
100 Mile Riders: 100 Mile Riders may park in the Met Center office complex in large lot at the start line. Please park as close to the start area as you can.
Some people drop off their car the day before the ride. If you choose to do this, please park in the fields to the south of the brewery or in town at the plaza and not in the brewery parking lot. We are not responsible for cars parked overnight prior to the ride!
La Quinta Inn
7625 E. Ben White Blvd.
Austin, TX 78741 | Map
It is located in the Met Center and couldn't be a more convenient way to start your morning! Call 1-800-753-3757 to make your reservation.
Holiday Inn Express
7601 E. Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX | Map
Call (512) 386-7600 to make a reservation.
(About 15 miles from Shiner)
(About 25 minutes from Shiner)
126 Middle Buster Rd., Gonzales, TX 78629
(Yoakum is about 10 miles from Shiner)
After cyclists cross the finish line at the Spoetzl Brewery, an afternoon of music and food and, of course, ice cold Shiner Beer awaits! We'll have shower trucks set up so you can rinse off and change clothes. Enjoy a little more Shiner hospitality by taking a free tour of the historic Spoetzl Brewery. Free tours of the Spoetzl Brewery will be conducted from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
For those who started in Austin, you can catch a bus back to the MET Center. Bus fee is $35 and includes bike transport back to the start. Bikes will be carefully wrapped with bubble wrap and loaded on big rigs. Please put your bike in the big rig that has your bus # on it. Ie. If you're on Bus #3, look for the sign on the tractor trailer rig that has Bus #3. This will help bikes arrive at about the same time as the bus containing the owner of the bike. Bus reservations will be taken until buses are sold out (usually 2 weeks prior to the ride).
All registered cyclists will be provided with food from the Shiner BBQ team. There will also be vegetarian options. There will be multiple food stations to minimize wait time in food lines.
Purchase a Food and Beverage Pass for each additional person joining you in Shiner along with your ride registration so they can enjoy food and beverages. The cost of the Food and Beverage pass is $20 and they can be purchased either online or at the info tent at the brewery on the day of the ride. Children 12 & under are eligible for a free pass.
While relaxing and enjoying some ice cold Shiner Beer enjoy live music from the band The Emotions.
We'll have shower trucks set up so you can rinse off, change clothes and enjoy the festivities. Shower space is allocated on a percentage equal to male and female registered riders. (ie. If 40% of the riders are female, then 40% of the stalls will be allocated for female use.)
For the 100 mile riders, after your ride and an afternoon of food, fun, and sun, let someone else take you home! For a $35 fee, you can reserve your spot on an air conditioned luxury bus that will take you back to Austin! Only Riders will be allowed on bus.
You will purchase bus tickets based on your desired departure time. Bus tickets are first come, first serve. You must have the correct wrist band to get on your specific bus. You must be prepared to leave at your scheduled time. We will do our best to ensure that the rigs hauling your bikes back to the start will depart at the same time as your bus.
*Schedule may be altered based on rider demand. We will post when buses are full on our website, Facebook and/or Twitter. Place your bike on the correct big rig to ensure your bike arrives about the same time you do back at your start.
Parking is available near Spoetzl Brewery. Drive past the main entrance to the brewery and park in either of the fields located South of the bridge next to the brewery. Watch for cyclists!
Cyclists will depart from Austin and ride 100 miles through small towns and scenic byways on the way to the historic Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas.
Start Time: 7 am
Start Location: Met Center 10 7551 Metro Center Dr., Austin, TX 78744
Directions from Austin:
From I-35 South, take exit 230B toward US-290 W/Ben White Blvd/TX-71/Johnson City. Bear slightly left on S I-35 (access road) and then turn left on E. Ben White Blvd/TX-71 E. Turn right on E. Riverside Drive. Entrance will be on your right.
Cyclists will start and finish at the historic Spoetzl Brewery 603 East Brewery Street, Shiner, TX 77984
50 Mile Start time: 8:00 am
25 Mile Start time: 9:00 am
50/25 Mile Start Location: Depart from Spoetzl Brewery 603 East Brewery Street, Shiner, TX 77984.
NOTE: All route information subject to change. If there are changes, we will notify registered riders and announce changes on this website.
Rest Stops are located every 10-17 miles and will be stocked with food, fruit, energy bars and gels, water, Nuun tablets and cheering volunteers to keep your energy high. There will be port o potties and hand sanitizer at each stop. Rest stops subject to change. Changes will be posted online.
SAG Vehicles will be in zones along each route. If you need to be sagged, you will be taken to the next zone, dropped off and picked up by the next SAG vehicle. Zones will be posted here prior to the ride. We will make every effort to get you to the brewery as quickly as possible.
Mechanics will be on hand along the route and at aid stations to provide minor repairs and adjustments. We will post an emergency number for you to call should you become stranded or need medical assistance during the ride.
There will be medical support across the course as well as First Responders on Motorcycles. There will also be medical support at the finish. Our EMTs and First Responders are in radio contact with event management and will act as quickly as possible to help in the event of an emergency. Please make sure you have on your rider number and identification (We recommend RoadID).
The ride is rain or shine. The only way we would cancel is in the event of dangerous weather. Should the ride be cancelled, entry fees become a donation to the official charity, there are no refunds.