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Big Thicket Bike tour
2013

Click here to register online at Active.com or Click here to print registration to mail (requires Adobe Reader) >Click here to print ride map.

The 2013 Big Thicket Bike Tour will be Saturday, March 16thst, 2013. We are happy to be able to announce that we will start & finish at the Big Thicket Baptist Church, All courses are typical scenic South East Texas/Big Thicket country-side. The natural terrain is challenging. There will be manned rest stops with restrooms, snacks and drinks. We’ll have SAG support throughout the course. All routes will start at the Big Thicket Church Center. Routes will include the beautiful neighboring cities of Kountze, Silsbee, Lumberton, Warren, Hillister,, Fred, and Spurger, all on the edge of the Big Thicket National Preserve area.  The routes all on improved shoulders, there is no off road riding needed.



Ride Begins: Ride starts and finishes at Big Thicket Baptist Church which is located seven miles north of Kountze, Texas, in Hardin County on U.S. Highway 69 at the junction of FM 420.  Watch for the road signs directing you to the building.  The street address is -,6102 FM 420,Corner US69/FM420 Kountze, Texas 77625.

Ride Time: Official start time is scheduled for 8 a.m. but may be delayed until 8:30 due to event day registrations. Ckeck-in begins at 7 a.m. Courses start at 5 minute staggered start for each route; 100 mile riders leave first. The course closes at 4 p.m. at that time all support will be removed and riders still on the course will be sagged in. No late starters because SAG follows the last rider. All riders must check back in at the Registration table at the end of their ride. Door prize drawing will be held during ride you must check in after the ride to claim your door prize.

How to Participate:

Read, complete and sign the SETHBC Big Thicket Bike Tour Entry Form attached or at active.com The rider entry fee is Individual Reg. is $35 $80 Family until Tour starts,( $45 or $90 day of ride!) . Riders who pre-register will receive a free event
Polar BottleŽ waterbottle.And all riders will have a free Barbeque Dinner after the ride. All riders under 18 must ride at all times with a parent. All riders must wear a helmet. Make your check payable to SouthEast Texas Hike & Bike Coalition, 148 South Dowlen Road Suite 754, Beaumont, TX 77707-1755, email address is contactus@funtrails.org

The funds raised will be used to expand our educational and safety programs. We put on 2 Bicycle Safety Rodeos each year, and are working to expand this program to also giving classroom safety seminars in Golden Triangle elementary schools to include informational activity packets to be given to each student attending. 

Big Thicket National Preserve area:

The Big Thicket National Preserve was established by Congress in 1974. This combination of virgin pine and cypress forest, hardwood forest, meadow and blackwater swamp is managed by the National Park Service. The Preserve was established to protect the remnant of its complex biological diversity. What is so extraordinary is not the rarity or abundance of its life forms, but how many species coexist here.

Lauded for its amazing biodiversity, southeastern Texas’ 97,000-acre Big Thicket National Preserve is a unique combination of southwest desert, midwest plains, southeastern swamps, and eastern hardwood forest, all rolled into one interesting-to-explore park.

Scientists say the last ice age pushed plants from other parts of the country together and they landed in Big Thicket, the result being a place where visitors can investigate and enjoy more than 100 species of diverse plants, including 5 carnivorous plants, and wildlife ranging from alligators to mountain lions. Birdwatchers can also explore nearly 200 species of birds.

Big Thicket National Preserve can be reached via Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 69-287 North from Beaumont. Eight miles north of Kountze, Texas, take FM 420 East and follow the signs to the visitor center.

Spring and fall are the optimal times to visit Big Thicket as the temperatures are comfortable and the rainfall minimal. Summer days can reach above 100 degrees so it’s best to avoid the preserve during that time. Winter temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s. Always bring light rain gear and comfortable walking shoes.

After the Ride: The Big Thicket Baptist church will have BBQ Dinners( Just show them your Ridder number )for a FREE Dinner! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.Also the visitor center offers you many opportunities to discover a wide array of facts regarding the rich diversity of resources found in the Preserve.  You can view an orientation film, browse the exhibits, put your "hands on things" in the Discovery Room, or select a few books from our broad selection of sales items.  Tired - just set back and rest in one of the rocking chairs on the front porch!

 


Click here to register online at Active.com or Click here to print registration to mail (requires Adobe Reader) Click here to print map sheet. (requires Adobe Reader)

Courses:

  

  • registration is $Individual Reg. is $35 $80 Family until Tour starts,( $45 or $90 day of ride!) , Riders who pre register will receive a free event Polar BottleŽ water bottle.
  • Online registration is available at www.Active.com ($3.00 fee applies)
  • Early Family Registration (2 parents & up to 3 Children) $80.00
  • Normal Pre-Registration will be $35 per rider or $80 for family ride, Riders who pre register will receive a free event Polar BottleŽ water bottle.
  • Day of ride registration will begin at 7am and be $45 or $90
  • Packet Pick-up & late registration will be 6-9 pm. at Sertinos Cafe, 5657 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX. March 14th & 15th.
  • Day of Ride registration begins at 7 a.m. at our table outside the Big Thicket Baptist Church.
  • For safety reasons, riders must turn in their assigned entry number upon ride return.
  • Ride Begins: Ride starts and finishes at Big Thicket Baptist Church which is located seven miles north of Kountze, Texas, in Hardin County on U.S. Highway 69 at the junction of FM 420.  Watch for the road signs directing you to the building.  The street address is - 6102 FM 420, Kountze, Texas 77625.

    Ride Time: Official start time is scheduled for 8 a.m. but may be delayed until 8:30 due to event day registrations. Ckeck-in begins at 7 a.m. Courses start at 5 minute staggered start for each route; 100 mile riders leave first. The course closes at 4 p.m. at that time all support will be removed and riders still on the course will be sagged in. No late starters because SAG follows the last rider. All riders must check back in at the Registration table at the end of their ride. Door prize drawing will be held during ride you must check in after the ride to claim your door prize.


    Click here to register online at Active.com or Click here to print registration to mail (requires Adobe Reader) Click here to print map sheet. (requires Adobe Reader)