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Interested in cycling to the MotoGP 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas?
If so, here is what you should know:
Bicycle Parking for MotoGP
- Bike racks will be located on-site, outside the RV parking area, adjacent to Lot E
- Use of the bike park is free
- The bike parking area will not be staffed (this won’t be set up as a valet)
- Showers will be available in the RV park area, adjacent to the bike parking area
Choosing your Route
- The following resources can help you plan your route to COTA:
- The closest City of Austin bike route to the track is called Bike Route 72 - Burleson Road. The Austin Bike Map rates this as a “High and Medium Comfort” road. The route terminates approximately 3 miles east of COTA, at Richard Moya Park, located just east of where Burleson Road crosses 183.
- Cyclists can access COTA using the following route:
- Take Bike Route 72 - Burleson Road (High and Medium Comfort) east to Richard Moya Park.
- Continue east on Burleson Road (Medium Comfort) past park and cross FM 973 (where Burleson Road changes name to Elroy Road).
- Stay on Elroy Road (Medium Comfort) and continue east to intersection with McAngus Road.
- Turn south onto McAngus Road (Medium Comfort) and continue to COTA site (bus drop-off areas), it will be on your left (east side).
- Enter COTA site and take internal crushed granite and asphalt path towards the main campus (NOTE THAT THIS ROUTE WILL BE IMPASSABLE DURING AND AFTER SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL).
- Proceed across bridge over COTA Boulevard, directly outside of the Grand Plaza.
- Turn left (north) on the service drive that borders the fenced facility.
- Continue past the entrance to Tunnel 2, to the bike racks located outside of the fenced RV Lot (this is across the service roadway from parking Lot E).
- Showers are available just inside the RV park area.
- Park your bike, walk to the Grand Plaza gate, and enjoy the race!
Things to Keep in Mind
- Cyclists are encouraged to assess various factors when deciding whether to bike to the race. These factors include: health and physical condition, experience and cycling skills, weather and visibility, time of day, volume and speed of automobile traffic likely to be encountered, and the conditions of the roadways.
- Cyclists are encouraged to wear helmets (required in the City of Austin for those ages 17 and younger), high reflectivity vests and to make sure their headlights and taillights are in working order.
- Cyclists should bring a lock and chain to secure their bicycle.
- Sealed, individual, see-through plastic bottles of water are permitted at the facility. Refillable water bottles or back-pack style water bladders will need to be emptied at the gates (but can be refilled at the water fountains located behind the permanent concession building in the Grand Plaza.)
- Electric outlets are not available for recharging electric bikes at COTA.
- There are various businesses in Austin that will rent bicycles to visitors. These can be found quite easily by using an internet search engine. Electric bikes are also available for rental in Austin, although riders should note that there will be no outlets at COTA for recharging electric bikes.
- Certain events will provide alternative arrangements for bicycle accommodations. We encourage attendees planning on cycling to COTA to visit this web page prior to each event for updated information.
Roadway Conditions surrounding COTA
- Note that portions of the roadways surrounding COTA are prone to flooding during rain events.
- Note that the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) site can currently only be accessed directly by roadways labeled as “Medium Comfort Roads”, “Low Comfort Roads”, or “Extremely Low Comfort Roads” according to the roadway designations used in the City of Austin’s official Bike Map, and on the Regional Bike Map prepared by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). Note that with the exception of most of Burleson Road east to Richard Moya Park (Austin Bike Route 72), the other roadways that access COTA are not designated and numbered as City of Austin bike routes.