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March 23-25, 2019 - Castroville, Texas

The Texas Challenge features the best of the famed Texas Hill Country.  It’s spring time in the Hill Country and the flowers – Blue Bonnets and Indian Paint Brush - will be blooming.  Temps are generally 50-80 F.  Mornings can be foggy with clearing by afternoon.  The event starts/finishes in Castroville, Texas, the Little Alsace of Texas, about 30 miles west of San Antonio.  Texas, the Lone Star State, is ranch country.

 

The 200 and 500-mile routes are roughly concentric loops, sharing the first 72 and last 63 miles. There are thousands of miles of paved winding ranch roads with little or no traffic.  You’ll experience some of the best cycling in the USA.

 

The 200-mile route is challenging - 211 miles with 9,935' of climbing. The course lies entirely within the Hill Country – many small ranches.  The climbing is distributed fairly evenly throughout the route.  Racers will ride unsupported, so there will be three aid stations on the route.

 

The 500-mile route is similarly challenging – 512 miles with 22,685’ of climbing.  The southern and western half of the route is within what is known as Southwest Texas – more remote, larger ranches, with several long steep climbs.  The northern and eastern half of the route is within the Hill Country. The 500-mile race is the first RAAM Qualifier road race of the domestic ultra-racing season.  It is also a great warm-up for racers and crew planning on doing RAAM in June.

 

Both the 200 and 500-mile courses are moderately difficult - ideally suited to advanced beginning to intermediate level ultra-racers.

 

The RAAM Texas Challenge is part of the 6-event Texas Ultra Cup.

 

Preliminary routes for 2019 are now available.

 

Courses

200 Route Map

500 Cue Sheet

500 Rules

500 Route Map

200 Cue Sheet

200 Rules

General Information

What to Bring:

March in the Hill Country is perfect cycling weather.  March days are typically mild, warming and by the end of the month the Bluebonnets and Indian Paint Brush are blooming. Mornings can be foggy. The fog burns off giving way to bright sunny days. While sunny days are the norm, it’s not unusual to experience a rainy day in a week of cycling. So, be prepared for wide ranging conditions.

 

Clothing:

Always remember your normal cycling gear (shorts, jersey, socks, shoes, gloves and helmet).  And, while the weather is normally very nice, it’s always a good idea to come prepared for cooler weather and/or rain (base layer, vest and/or jacket, knee warmers).

 

Additional items: 

Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, cellphone, water bottle(s), pump (or CO2 cartridge), patches, tire levers, spare tube(s), basic bike tools.

 

Host Hotel:

Hillside Boutique Hotel (Say you are racing RAAM Challenge for discounts)

1651 US HWY 90 West

Castroville, TX 78009

(830) 538-3200

Race Roster

 Live Tracking

Schedule

Friday, March 22, 2019

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Check-in and Rider Packet Pick Up at Hillside Boutique Hotel

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Inspections for 500-mile racers

                                         - Optional drop bag drop-off for 200 mile racers

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - MANDATORY racer meeting*

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

5:00 AM - 500-mile racers start

5:00 AM - Light Inspections for 200-mile racers

6:00 AM - 200-mile racers start

11:00 PM - 200-mile course closes

*Drop bags available for pick-up at Hillside Boutique Hotel

 

Monday, March 25, 2019

5:00 AM - 500-mile course closes

9:00 AM - 500-mile post-event breakfast

 

*NOTE: Mandatory Meeting will cover safety rules, route changes, map handouts, and more. Racers who miss the meeting will not be allowed to start.

Registration

Register Now 500

Register Now 200

Entry Fees - RAAM 200

Early

Standard

Late

Solo

$165

$185

$215

$260

$295

$340

Tandem

Early Bird Pricing: Nov. 5 - Nov. 30, 2018

Standard Pricing: Dec. 1, 2018 - Feb. 28, 2019

Late Pricing: Mar. 1 - Mar. 15, 2019

 

- There is no day of registration

- No refunds of entry fees, events will occur rain or shine.

 

What’s Included:

 

200-mile Racers – Live racer tracking through TrackLeaders, live results (time splits) through RaceResult.com, detailed route information (printed cue sheets and GPS files are available), bib numbers, T-shirt, and a lunch on Sunday.  All Official Finishers will receive a custom medal and jersey.

 

500-mile Racers - Live racer tracking through TrackLeaders, live results (time splits) through RaceResult.com, detailed route information (printed cue sheets and GPS files are available), race signage for your vehicle (includes race numbers and Caution Bicycles Ahead decal -1 set for solo racers and 2 sets for team racers),T-shirt, and a lunch on Sunday.  All Official Finishers will receive a custom medal and jersey.

 

*Note: additional vehicle signage may be purchased through the registration process

 

What you will need to race:

 

200-mile Racers – Racers will ride unsupported.  No support crews will be allowed on course.  Racers must have functional front and rear lights attached to the bike (+ spare batteries).  And, it is highly recommend some reflective clothing and/or reflective tape on your bicycle. 200-mile racers do not need to attend the crew meeting on Friday.

 

500-mile Racers – Racers must have a support crew/vehicle.  Racers must have functional front and rear lights attached to the bike (+ spare batteries), reflective tape on the bicycle (wheels, cranks, forks and seat stays). Crew must have reflective vests and/or ankle/wrist bands.  Support vehicles must have amber flashing roof lights and a reflective DOT slow moving vehicle triangle, operable four-way flashers and turn signals on the vehicles and proper insurance.

 

*Note: we have amber lights and triangles for rent through the registration process and will have some at check-in. If they are not reserved in advance through the registration process, it will be first come, first served.

 

**Note: All 500-mile racers/crew must attend the Mandatory Crew meeting Friday evening at 5pm.

 

Entry Fees - RAAM 500

Early

Standard

Late

Solo

$295

$330

$385

$470

$750

$530

$900

$615

$1050

2 - Person Team*

4 - Person Team**

* Same Price for Tandem / 2-Tandem Team

 

Discount of 20 percent for solo racers under 30 years of age.

 

2018 Results

2017 Results

2016 Results

2015 Results

Results

The RAAM Cycling Challenge is a multi-event series offering the best ultra-cycling, in the best cycling destinations in America.

 Race Information Please Contact:

Rick at rick@raceacrossamerica.org

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Register Now 200

2017 Entry Fees - RAAM 200

Early

Standard

Late

Solo

$165

$185

$215

$260

$295

$340

Tandem

Register Now 500

Early Bird Pricing: Dec. 15 - Jan. 29, 2017

Standard Pricing: Jan. 30 - Feb. 26, 2017

Late Pricing: Feb. 27 - Mar. 15, 2017

 

- There is no day of registration

- No refunds of entry fees, events will occur rain or shine.

 

What is included in your entry fee:

All racers will receive detailed route information (printed cue sheets,  GPS is available through the website),  live results (time splits) and statistics through RaceResult.com, race signage for your support vehicle (race numbers and Caution Bicycles Ahead decal), in addition to an event T-shirt & other swag, a lunch ticket for each racer and 2 additional for crew (more may be purchased at the event).  All official finishers will receive a custom medal and official jersey.  All official 400-mile finishers will be RAAM Qualified.

 

What you will need to race:

Functional front and rear lights (+spare batteries), reflective tape appropriately placed on you bicycle(s) (see Endurance Racing Primer).  Reflective clothing (vest and anklets, recommended), if you are racing without a support crew.  Support vehicles must have amber flashing roof lights & reflective DOT triangle (we will have some available for rent on a first come, first serve basis), operable four-way flashers & turn signals, proper insurance.

 

ALL RACERS and/or CREW must attend the race meeting on Friday evening.