Team Texas – Ride Weekend Details

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The time has come, the ride is here!! Now to make sure you’re ready…
Here’s all the important info you need in order to have an INCREDIBLE weekend riding to #crushMS:  

TEAM FUNDRAISING UPDATE:

  • So far we’re crushing our fundraising goal and have raised $108,310 and are currently 2nd in fundraising (behind a gigantic team)! GREAT JOB everyone! We’re oh-so close to our goal of $110,000, so PLEASE keep it up and watch those donations roll in approaching ride weekend! 
  • Please keep fundraising to #crushMS since that’s what it’s all about!! 
  • FAQ: What if I don’t meet the $300 minimum before the ride?
    • If you have not turned in the minimum donation by the start of the event, the National MS Society will discuss payment options with you, including charging the balance on a credit card.
      • Please note your rider packet will not be issued without reaching the $300 minimum
    • Fundraising deadline: December 5th, 2018. 

TLH JERSEY & BIB + MS RIDER PACKET PICK UP :

  • Friday 10/5 at Hoppy Monk – 1010 N. Loop 1604 East | San Antonio, TX 78232
    • 6:00pm – 8:30pm 
    • Grab your Team Left Hand jersey AND your MS Society rider packet (if you have not already picked up your packet) 
    • Enjoy some light munchies on the house (Gochu IPA wings & Pommes Frites) thanks to Hoppy Monk, then order a delicious meal on your own and support our amazing sponsor!
    • Stock up on fuel for the weekend from our wonderful sponsors Justin’s and Nuun!

WEEKEND WEATHER UPDATES:

  • Saturday 10/5:
    • High of 81, low of 68
    • Mixed clouds with sun and scattered thunderstorms (chance of rain 50%)
    • Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph
  • Sunday 10/6:
    • High of 75, low of 67
    • Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day
    • Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph

WHAT TO BRING: 

  • Make sure you bring everything you need to have a safe, comfortable ride… don’t forget your:
    • Amazing 2018 TLH jersey
    • Helmet (you aren’t allowed to ride without one!)
    • Shoes
    • Cellphone
    • Water bottles
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • ID (for drinking beer at the finish line – you cannot drink without it!)
    • Medical Insurance Cards
    • Spare tires/fix a flat kit
    • Ziploc baggies (in case of rain)
    • Rain gear (weather dependent)
    • CASH to buy your 2018 TLH shirt and tip our amazing massage therapists in our Team Tent
    • LUAU WEAR! You read that right… We’re throwing a Luau this year, so dust off your coconut bra, grab your grass skirt & best tropical shirt and come prepared to hula with a beer in hand!

ROUTES: 

  • Check out the Route options for Day 1 & Day 2 – maps & turn by turn directions are available on the MS Society website

MASSAGE SIGN UP:

  • Elements massage has generously agreed to man our massage tent again this year! 
  • We’re better organized than ever and know what to expect this year so are FULLY prepared to help you recover from a great (but hard) ride!
  • We’ll have 4 therapists available in our tent from 12 noon- 6:00 p.m. on Saturday
    • Each massage is $20 for 20 minutes
    • Sign up for your time slot with our dedicated massage volunteer when you arrive in the team tent – we’ll take your phone number  down to text a reminder when your time slot is approaching. 
      • Walk ups will be accepted until around 1:30pm, after which only pre-paid riders can sign up for available time slots. 
    • CLICK HERE FOR FULL SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS & LINK TO SIGN UP IN ADVANCE! 
      • Please use your real name so we know that you’ve prepaid
  • Donations go directly to the MS Society, so riders who have a massage are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to tip your therapist!

SATURDAY MORNING:

  • Starting line is at Rolling Oaks Mall – 6909 N. Loop 1604 East | San Antonio, TX 78247
  • Allow plenty of time to arrive, get parked and get ready to ride!
  • Take advantage of the on site hydration station, get a last minute bike adjustment from a bike shop and enjoy breakfast, served from 6:00am-7:30am.
  • Look for the sea of Left Hand jerseys milling about – you can’t miss them. 
  • Line up with the rest of team and plan to take off with the group just after 8:00am! 

SATURDAY TEAM VILLAGE:  

  • Team Tent:
    • Our amazing volunteers & sponsors have worked hard to make this year’s Team Tent amazing, as always. After you finish riding, plan to hang out in our LUAU Team Tent and enjoy…
      • KEG FOOTH BATHS! 
      • COLD LEFT HAND BEER! 
      • COMFY COUCHES!
      • AN AMAZING FOOD LINEUP THANKS TO MEAT FIGHT and our other wonderful sponsors!!!
      • GOOD TIMES AND LAUGHS WITH OUR TEAM!
      • TEAM SHIRTS, WRISTBANDS & COLLAB BEER GLASSWARE AVAILABLE FOR A DONATION!
  • Team Photo:
    • Be at our tent at 4:30pm for our TEAM PHOTO! Bring your smiles, a beer and your best LUAU WEAR!
    • Stick around after the photo for the team awards ceremony including best jersey!
  • Meals:
    • AMAZING BBQ thanks to Meat Fight, plus snacks and something sweet from other wonderful sponsors.
  • Beer!!!!
    • All riders receive 3 pints (except TLH… we don’t count for you *shhhhh*)
    • Guest beer wristbands can be purchased at the Team Tent Village entrance for $20 each
    • Don’t forget your ID! Even if you haven’t been 21 in decades…. NO ID = NO BEER

SUNDAY MORNING:

  • Breakfast sponsored by Whataburger is served from 5:30am-7:30am. 
  • Line up and opening ceremonies are from 7:00am-7:30am, riders depart in waves from 7:30am – 8:30am. 

SUNDAY TEAM VILLAGE:  

  • Team Tent:
    • #SundayFunday… The party continues!
    • After another great day of riding, come back and enjoy the wonderful amenities of Team Village from 10:00am-4:00pm  (and Left Hand Beer from noon-4:00pm)! 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

  • We’d love to see your photos  from the weekend! Make sure to tag Left Hand Brewing & Team Left Hand on Facebook and Twitter, and use hashtags #crushMS and #TeamLeftHand on Instagram.

TEAM AWARDS:

  • And here they are.. keep these 2018 TEAM AWARDS in mind throughout the weekend…
    • Best Looking in Spandex
    • Foot Bath Hog
    • Gut It Out
    • Most Inspirational Rider
    • Rookie Rider of the Year
    • Best Team Tent Theme interpretation 
    • King or Queen of the snacks
    • Wake Up Dead on Sunday
    • BEST SELFIE!! 
      • We’re really excited about this one… use the hashtags #crushMS AND #TeamLeftHand and post your best selfies to social media! We’ll choose the winner at out year end party!

VOLUNTEERS: 

  • We simply couldn’t do everything over the weekend and throughout the year without our AMAZING support crew of volunteers! Be sure to THANK THEM PROFUSELY over the entire weekend!!

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