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RIDE OVERVIEW

The ride starts and finishes at Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, TX. The route takes you on gravel, dirt, and paved roads through the piney woods of Central Texas. There will be food and Real Ale beer waiting for you and your friends at the end of the ride.

What is a gravel grinder? It's an organized but self-supported bike ride on a set route on mixed terrain roads.

The ideal bicycle for conquering these gravel roads is one that can traverse them swiftly, perhaps one with drop bars to allow the rider to switch hand positions and to hunker down when facing a stiff headwind. But it should also have enough seat and chainstay clearance to run tires with sufficient volume to take the edge of the rough and rutted roads. The ideal bike should provide more stability than a road bike, but be nimble enough to make quick course corrections to avoid other riders, ruts, cowpies, and rattlesnakes masquerading as sticks. Cyclocross and mountain bikes are great options.

We are limiting this ride to the first 200 registrants.

START LOCATION

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville TX

Ranch opens at 7:30 AM

Packet pick up opens at 8 AM

Wheels down at 8:30 AM

COST

$40. Price includes long sleeve t-shirt, lunch, and 2 beers. Riders are responsible for the Ranch's $10 parking fee. Please bring cash for parking.

SHIRT

Register by February 6 to be guaranteed an event shirt. If you register after February 6, we may or may not have a shirt available in your size.

MANDATORY GEAR

  1. Bike helmet

  2. Sufficient food and drink for the ride. There are no rest stops!

  3. Spare tubes, patch kit, and tire boots

  4. Co2 cartridges or pump

  5. Weather appropriate clothing including possible shifts in temperatures and precipitation 

  6. Multitool

  7. Cell phone

  8. GPS unit or bicycle computer (Very important. Many of the roads do not have visible signage or signs are turned around. You will need to know mileage to anticipate turns.)

ROUTE

Garmin Route
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/5767438

Strava GPX File
GPX File

 

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517 S. Lamar Blvd - 512-477-3472
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3202 Guadalupe St. - 512-267-3495

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