*Finalized cue sheets will be given out at check in.
The Texas Hill Country offers some of the best cycling in the USA – thousands of miles of quiet country roads. Springtime is the best time of year to experience the Hill Country – Blue Bonnets and Indian Paint Brush are beginning to bloom. Cool mornings and warm afternoons are perfect for riding.
Rides: The RAAM Texas Cycling Challenge offers 2 rides (60 and 120-miles) and 2 races (200 and 400-miles). All distances start/finish at Johnson Park in Marble Falls – a small community located on Lake LBJ 45 minutes NW of Austin. All distances cross the Colorado River heading south. After crossing the River, 60-mile riders head SE to Spicewood, S to Cypress Mill, NW through Round Mountain and E through Horseshoe Bay and Cottonwood Shores to the finish. The 120-mile riders head S and W through the Hill Country to Fredericksburg, then N and E to Willow City before returning via the same route as the 60-mile riders. Both routes feature winding roads, stream crossings and rolling hills.
The 60 and 120-mile riders are fully supported with Aid Stations every 15-20 miles. There will be bike mechanics and SAG support available.
Races: Both the 200 and 400-mile racers head S across the Hill Country. The 200-mile racers pass through Luckenbach on the way to Comfort, then W to Kerrville, where they turn N and pass by Fredericksburg on the way to Llano, before turning E and heading back via the same route as the 60 and 120-mile riders. The 200-mile course features winding roads, stream crossings, rolling hills, vineyards and ranches. The 400-mile racers pass through Fredericksburg, Grapetown and Sisterdale heading S to Boerne. At Boerne the racers head W through Bandera, Medina, Vanderpool and Leakey to Camp Wood. This part of the course is true SW Texas ranch country. There are several steep climbs. From here racers head N and E through Mountain Home, Harper and Cherry Spring, past Enchanted Rock to Llano, then E back to the finish via the same routes as the 60, 120 and 200-mile distances.
The 200 and 400-mile races are unsupported. There will be no Aid Stations. bike machanics or SAG support. Bikes and support vehicles will be inspected on Friday prior to the start on Saturday. 200-mile racers may ride randonneur style (without crew), but must notify the Race Director prior to the event. The 400-mile racers must have a support crew. All racers and crew must follow Modified RAAM Rules. There will be race officials to insure compliance with race rules.
A portion of the proceeds from the Texas Cycling Challenge will be donated to non-profit organizations – to be announced.