Bush School Students, Faculty Bike the Brazos Valley

January 16, 2009

Tour de Brazos participants
Every fall, Bush School students and faculty strap on their helmets, hop on their bicycles, and enjoy a day of biking on what is affectionately called the “Tour de Brazos Valley.” Tour de Brazos participantsEach October, students, faculty, and significant others bike to a local winery where they take a tour of the facilities and enjoy wine tasting, then to a barbeque restaurant for lunch, and finally back to their starting point. This October 4, thirty students, faculty, and staff rode the twenty mile trail, enjoying the weather, local edible delights, and the company.

An avid biker, Bush School professor Jim Olson organizes the event each year. The “Tour de Brazos Valley” began in 1999 and has been going strong since then. It originally began as a 45-mile trek to Navasota, with a briefing by the city council and a tour of historic mansions and churches in the city. After three years of that tough regime, Bush School Dean Dick Chilcoat helped transform the bike ride into its current form.  He crafted the name “Tour de Brazos Valley” and participates nearly every year, along with MPIA Director Charles Hermann and his wife, Dr. Lorraine Eden. 

Tour de Brazos participantsA Bush School van, named “the Sag Wagon,” follows the bikers, carrying bicycle equipment for repairs, first aid supplies, and water. If any accidents occur or bikers are unable to continue the trail, they can hop in the van.

The Tour de Brazos is just one of many Bush School traditions that students and faculty look forward to each year, proving that even a young school can anchor itself in traditions.

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