Woodson Research Center, Rice University

UA 095



Title: Rice University Beer-Bike Records
Dates: 1957-2014
Abstract: The collection represents the history of Beer-Bike, the race rules, resolution, reports, newsclippings, realia, and financial lists as well as some programs.
Identification: UA 095
Quantity: 8.75 linear ft. (12 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Organizational Sketch

When the Beer-Bike race first began in 1957, it was a competition between two residential colleges, run on the campus inner loop, with the victorious college receiving a keg of beer from the loser. At that time, the people who rode the bikes were the same as those who chugged the beer. The Beer-Bike race of today is more of an intercollege bike race where 10 non-riding people chug between riders.

In the early days, riders and drinkers worked out for only a couple of days before the race, just to make the team and get in the spirit of things. The beer drinkers opened the taps of their cans with a standard opener and the riders rode "English Bikes." The crowd, which numbered only a few friends, stood anywhere they pleased to view the action. In those days, the race was a test of mechanical durability as well as speed, for the same bike was used for the whole race. This involved ripping the incoming rider off his speeding machine, slapping on a fresh rider, and casting him out in front of the pit. The spent rider was then scooped up and removed from the course. During this time, the beer drinkers knocked off their refreshments in the living-room time of six or seven seconds. High speed was not necessary because of the time involved in changing riders.

In, 1968, Beer-Bike moved to the Rice Stadium. The first women's race took place in 1972 when Brown and Jones Colleges competed. In 1976, the seed of the parade tradition was planted when Sid Richardson College entered with torches, followed by a brass band playing the theme for the Olympic Games. Alumni participated in the first alumni race in 1982. In 1987, when the drinking age changed from 18 to 21, water was offered at Beer-Bike for the first time to quench underage students' thirst.

Today, technology dominates the race. Nearly all the bikes are of the ten-speed type ridden in the Tour de France (some machines costing as much as $600). The beer drinkers have special 14 oz. "tall boy" cans with mouthpieces custom fitted and thoroughly tested. Several bikers are used throughout the race with the gears matched to the rider's style of riding. The speed of the beer team now counts heavily since the outgoing rider is mounted and ready to go before the incoming rider reaches the pit.

College and bike teams practice for months ahead of the race, and making the team of 10, or at least securing a spot as an alternate, is a sought-after goal for many college members. Parade coordinators plan weeks in advance to devise an innovative parade float, or theme song, or chant, or mode of transportation to the track on race day. Team participants seek financial sponsors, design team and college t-shirts, work to determine the optimal chug technique, and hold coordination practices to ensure that a biker starts riding precisely as the chugger finishes. Every year race coordinators hold meetings to choose team colors, to schedule practice races, and to revise or change rules.

Excerpted from Sallyport, April-May 1992, Thresher April 7, 2000, and The Beer Bike Race, by Jim Llamas, Captain.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of six boxes containing the history of Beer-Bike, the race rules, resolution, reports, realia, and financial lists as well as some programs. The largest part of the collection is made up of articles published in various campus publications such as the Thresher, Rice News, the Sallyport, etc.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Beer-Bike Records must be obtained from Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Beer Bike cycling event.

Related Material

The items contained in this collection are related to Rice Program Council's Beer Bike and its corresponding events. For information on the colleges' role in the event, please see the college records.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Beer-Bike Race Records, 1957-2014, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Some of the records had been part of the Woodson Research Center Information Files. A large portion of the files were given to Woodson in August 2001 by Jen Cooper (Will Rice, BA, 1990) who was the the Student Media Advisor, Office of Student Media and a former Beer-Bike participant. In 2014, Julie Neisler, Assistant Director of Student Activities, donated materials.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: General, 1957-2014

Box Folder
1 1 Course 2001
2 History
3 News Clippings 1950s
4 News Clippings 1960s
5 News Clippings 1970s
6 News Clippings 1980s
7 News Clippings 1990s
8 News Clippings 2000s
9 News Clippings 2010s



 

Series II: Media, 1979-2006

Box Folder
1 10 Beer Bike (reel to reel) 1979
Box Folder
2 1 Beer-Bike Race - JLC (VHS and DVD) and Beer-Bike Trilogy 1988, 1986-1987-1988
2 Team Wiess - Beer Bike by Christian Nixon (VHS) 1993
3 Beer-Bike (DVD) 2005
4 Beer-Bike (DVD) 2006



 

Series III: Beer-Bike Memorabilia, 1999-2012

Box item
2 - Belt buckle 2010
- Glass tumbler 1999
- Weizen glass 2000
Box item
3 - Weizen glass 2000
- Glass beer mug (2) 2001
Box item
4 - Glass tumbler 2002
- Plastic water bottle 2010
- Weizen glass 2011
Box item
5 - Beer stein 2013
- Rondelet Beer Bike Race Trophy 1957-1968
- Beer Bike Judge T-Shirt 2000
- Beer Bike Judge T-Shirt 2002
- Beer Bike Judge T-Shirt 2006
- Blue Beer Bike T-Shirt 2010
- Black Beer Bike T-Shirt (2) 2010
Box item
6 - Beer Bike Caregiver T-Shirt 2010
- Beer Bike Judge T-Shirt 2010
- Beer Bike Security T-Shirt 2010
- Black Beer Bike T-Shirt 2011
- Beer Bike Security T-Shirt 2012
- Beer Bike Judge T-Shirt 2014
- Beer Bike Security T-Shirt 2014
- One Eyed Willy Week T-Shirt n.d.
- Willy Gone Wild Week T-Shirt n.d.
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Brewery T-Shirt n.d.



 

Series IV: Event Planning, 1959-2011

Box Folder
7 1 General n.d.
Subseries A: 1959-1979
Box Folder
7 2 Correspondence 1959, 1954, 1966, 1967
3 Rules 1961
4 Judges 1972
5 Rules 1972
6 Songfest 1972
7 Rules 1976
8 Rules 1979
Subseries B: 1984-1989
Box Folder
7 9 Correspondence 1982
10 Program 1982
11 Results 1983
12 Results 1984
13 Captains 1985
14 Results 1985
15 Captains 1986
16 Results 1986
17 Correspondence 1987
18 Judges 1987
19 Program 1987
20 Results 1987
21 Rules 1987
22 Schedule 1987
23 Results 1988
24 Correspondence 1989
25 Program 1989
26 Results 1989
27 Rules 1989
28 Teams 1989
29 Track 1989
Subseries C: 1990-1999
Box Folder
7 30 Contacts 1990
31 Correspondence 1990
32 Judges 1990
33 Meetings 1990
34 Program 1990
35 Results 1990
36 Rules 1990
37 Schedule 1990
38 Teams 1990
39 Track 1990
40 Correspondence 1991
41 Meetings 1991
42 Program 1991
43 Reports 1991
44 Rules 1991
45 Schedule 1991
46 Track 1991
47 Contacts 1992
48 Correspondence 1992
49 Meetings 1992
50 Program 1992
51 Results 1992
52 Rules 1992
53 Schedule 1992
54 Suggestions 1992
55 Budget 1993
56 Contacts 1993
57 Correspondence 1993
58 Meetings 1993
59 Program 1993
60 Reports 1993
61 Results 1993
62 Teams 1993
63 Budget 1994
64 Correspondence 1994
65 Judges 1994
66 Program 1994
67 Schedule 1994
68 Reports 1994
69 Rules 1994
70 Budget 1995
71 Contacts 1995
72 Correspondence 1995
73 Judges 1995
74 Meetings 1995
75 Parade 1995
76 Program 1995
77 Reports 1995
78 Results 1995
79 Rules 1995
80 Schedule 1995
81 Security 1995
82 Teams 1995
83 Track 1995
Box Folder
8 1 Contacts 1996
2 Judges 1996
3 Meetings 1996
4 Parade 1996
5 Programs 1996
6 Rules 1996
7 Track 1996
8 Willy Week 1996
9 Correspondence 1997
10 Judges 1997
11 Program 1997
12 Reports 1997
13 Results 1997
14 Rules 1997
15 Sponsorship 1997
16 Track 1997
17 Contacts 1998
18 Correspondence 1998
19 Judges 1998
20 Meetings 1998
21 Parade 1998
22 Results 1998
23 Rules 1998
24 Schedule 1998
25 Sponsorship 1998
26 Track 1998
27 Contacts 1999
28 Correspondence 1999
29 Judges 1999
30 Minutes 1999
31 Parade 1999
32 Reports 1999
33 Results 1999
34 Rules 1999
35 Track 1999
Subseries D: 2000-2009
Box Folder
8 36 Area Coordinator 2000
37 Budget 2000
38 Contacts 2000
39 Meetings 2000
40 Parade 2000
41 Reports 2000
42 Rules 2000
43 Schedule 2000
44 Solicitation 2000
45 Sponsors 2000
46 Track 2000
47 Area Coordinator 2001
Box Folder
9 1 "Beer Bike Folder of Happiness" 2001
2 Budget 2001
3 Correspondence 2001
4 Gift donations 2001
5 Judges 2001
6 Meetings 2001
7 Parade 2001
8 Participation agreement 2001
9 Program/Signs 2001
10 Reports 2001
11 Results 2001
12 Rules 2001
13 Solicitation 2001
14 Sponsors 2001
15 Track 2001
16 Violations/fines 2001
17 Willy Week 2001
18 Area Coordinator 2002
19 Bleachers 2002
20 Budget 2002
21 Communications packets 2002
22 Concessions 2002
23 Contacts 2002
24 Correspondence 2002
25 "Everything You Love About Beer Bike" 2002
26 Meetings 2002
27 Parade 2002
28 Reports 2002
29 Rules 2002
30 Security 2002
31 Solicitation 2002
32 Sponsorship 2002
33 Track 2002
34 Unjackables 2002
35 Violations 2002
36 Willy Week 2002
37 Area Coordinators 2003
38 Budget 2003
39 College Coordinators 2003
40 Contacts 2003
41 Correspondence 2003
42 Meetings 2003
Box Folder
10 1 Parade 2003
2 Participation agreement 2003
3 Publicity 2003
4 Reports 2003
5 Results 2003
6 Rules 2003
7 Schedule 2003
8 Security 2003
9 Sponsors 2003
10 Track 2003
11 Violations 2003
12 Williams, Holly - Coordinator Journal 2003
13 Area Coordinators 2004
14 Budget 2004
15 Campus-Wide Coordinator 2004
16 College Coordinators 2004
17 Concessions 2004
18 Contacts 2004
19 Correspondence 2004
20 Judges 2004
21 Media (CD) 2004
General Note
This CD contains files on fines and T-Shirt designs. There are quite a few files that cannot be opened, and it is unclear what program was used to create them. Excluding repeats, any files that could be opened were printed and placed within a corresponding subject folder.
22 Meetings 2004
23 Parade 2004
24 Participation agreement 2004
25 Program 2004
26 Publicity Coordinator 2004
27 Rules 2004
28 Security 2004
29 Sponsors 2004
30 Teams 2004
31 Track 2004
32 T-Shirts 2004
33 Unjackables 2004
34 Willy Week 2004
35 Budget 2005
36 College Coordinator 2005
37 Concessions 2005
38 Contacts 2005
39 Coordinator 2005
40 Correspondence 2005
41 Judges 2005
42 Meetings 2005
43 Parade 2005
44 Program 2005
45 Publicity 2005
Box Folder
11 1 Rules 2005
2 Security 2005
3 Sponsors 2005
4 Track 2005
5 Violations 2005
6 Area Coordinator 2006
7 Budget 2006
8 Campus-Wide Coordinator 2006
9 College Coordinator 2006
10 Contacts 2006
11 Correspondence 2006
12 Judges Coordinator 2006
13 Media (CD) 2006
General Note
This CD contains Beer-Bike planning files. Excluding those that already existed in printed form, files were printed and placed within a corresponding subject folder.
14 Meetings 2006
15 Parade 2006
16 Program 2006
17 Publicity Coordinator 2006
18 Reports 2006
19 Results 2006
19 Rules 2006
20 Track 2006
21 Area Coordinator 2007
22 Budget 2007
23 Contacts 2007
24 Correspondence 2007
25 Guide to Beer Bike 2007
26 Media (CD) 2007
General Note
This CD contains Beer-Bike documents. There are a few files that cannot be opened, and it is unclear what program was used to create them. Excluding repeats, any files that could be opened were printed and placed within a corresponding subject folder.
27 Meetings 2007
28 Parade 2007
29 Reports 2007
30 Results 2007
31 Rules 2007
32 Schedule 2007
33 Track 2007
34 Unjackables 2007
35 Area Coordinator 2008
36 Budget 2008
37 Campus Wide Coordinator 2008
38 College Coordinator 2008
39 Contacts 2008
Box Folder
12 1 Correspondence 2008
2 Judges 2008
3 Media (DVD) 2001-2008
General Note
This DVD mainly contains Beer-Bike documents from 2008, but there are also older files going back to 2001. There are a few files that cannot be opened, and it is unclear what program was used to create them. Excluding repeats, any files that could be opened were printed and placed within a corresponding subject folder.
4 Meetings 2008
5 Parade 2008
6 Reports 2008
7 Results 2008
8 Rules 2008
9 Schedule 2008
10 Track 2008
11 Violations 2008
12 Budget 2009
13 Communications packet 2009
14 Correspondence 2009
15 Fines 2009
16 Rules 2009
17 Schedule 2009
18 Track 2009
Subseries E: 2010-2012
Box Folder
12 19 Budget 2010
20 Communications packet 2010
21 Coordinators 2010
22 Judges 2010
23 Meetings 2010
24 Rules 2010
25 Schedules 2010
26 Willy Week 2010
27 Fines 2011
28 Rules 2011
29 Schedule 2011
30 Track 2011
31 Unjackables 2011
32 Fines 2012
33 Meetings 2012
34 Schedule 2012
35 Security 2012