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The event starts/finishes at City Park in Marble Falls, 30 miles west of Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, home to SXSW, the largest music festival in the world.  Texas, the Lone Star State, is ranch country.

 

The Texas Challenge features the best of the famed Texas Hill Country.  There are lots of deer, water crossings and cattle guards.  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 200 and 400-mile routes are roughly concentric loops, sharing the first 88 miles and the last 64 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 - 214 miles with 10,389’ of climbing.  The course lies entirely within the Hill Country – many small ranches.  The Climbing is distributed fairly evenly throughout the route.

 

The 400-mile route is similarly challenging – 389 miles with 18,902’ of climbing.  The northern and eastern half of the route is within the Hill Country.  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 400-mile race is the first RAAM Qualifier 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 400-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.

 

Courses

200 Route Map

400 Cue Sheet

400 Rules

400 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:

MOTEL 6 (Say you are racing RAAM for discounts)

1400 Ollie Lane

Marble Falls, TX

(830) 265-6565

2017 Race Roster

2017 Live Tracking

Schedule

Friday, March 24, 2017

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Check-in and Rider Packet Pick Up at Johnson Park

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Inspections for 400-mile racers

                                         - Optional Specials Needs Bag drop-off for 200 mile racers

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

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

5:00 AM - 400-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

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

9:00 AM - Special Needs Bags available for pick-up at Johnson Park

1:00 PM - 400-mile course closes

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - 200 and 400-mile post-event lunch (pizza, beer & soft drinks provided!)

 

*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 400

Register Now 200

2017 Entry Fees - RAAM 200

Early

Standard

Late

Solo

$165

$185

$215

$260

$295

$340

Tandem

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’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.

 

400-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 – Functional front and rear lights (+ spare batteries).  And, we 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.

 

400-mile Racers – Functional front and rear lights (+ spare batteries), reflective tape on your 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 400-mile racers/crew must attend the Mandatory Crew meeting Friday evening at 5pm. 

 

2017 Entry Fees - RAAM 400

Early

Standard

Late

Solo

$295

$330

$385

$345

$380

$435

$470

$750

$530

$900

$615

$1050

Solo Randonneur*

2 - Person Team**

4 - Person Team**

*Randonneuring - Self Supported Racing

** Same Price for Tandem / 2-Tandem Team

 

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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RAAM PO Box 19590 Boulder, Colorado 80308

Register Now 200

2017 Entry Fees - RAAM 200

Early

Standard

Late

Solo

$165

$185

$215

$260

$295

$340

Tandem

Register Now 400

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.