Coming Spring 2021!
The Longhorn 500 and the Stampede 200 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.
Both the 200 and 500-mile courses are moderately difficult - ideally suited to advanced beginning to intermediate level ultra-racers.
The Longhorn 500
The Longhorn 500 is challenging - 503 miles with 24,333’ 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.
*New Route for 2022 Coming Soon*
The Stampede 200
The 200-mile route is challenging - 195 miles with 8,399' 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.
*New Route for 2022 Coming Soon*
Friday, April 1st
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Check-in/Packet Pick-up (Start/Finish Line)
- Optional drop bag drop-off for 200 mile racers
Saturday, April 2nd
5:00 AM - 500-mile racers start
6:00 AM - 200-mile racers start
11:00 PM - 200-mile course closes
*Drop bags available for pick-up at Finish Line
Sunday, April 3rd
5:00 PM - 500-mile course closes for 2-person and 4-person teams
Monday, April 4th
5:00 AM - 500-mile course closes for solo racers
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, and a pint glass. 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), and a pint glass. All Official Finishers will receive a custom medal and jersey.
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 will offer an unsupported 500-mile option for 2022. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
*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. Additional vehicle signage may be purchased through the registration process as well.
**Note: All 500-mile racers/crew must attend the Mandatory Crew meeting Friday evening at 5pm.