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 Fredericksburg, Texas. Both the 200 and 500-mile courses are moderately difficult - ideally suited to advanced beginning to intermediate level ultra-racers. 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 Longhorn 500
The Longhorn 500 starts and finishes at the Hermann Sons Lodge, 1109 South Adams Street, Fredericksburg, Texas. This year we have taken an entirely different approach to course design. The course features four loops of decreasing distance arranged in a roughly cloverleaf pattern. Each loop starts and finishes at Hermann Sons Lodge. Each loop is different – each loop highlights a different aspect of the Texas Hill Country. Once out of Fredericksburg, riders will never have to ride on the same road twice. The total distance is 503 miles with 26,723 ft. of elevation gain.
Loop 1 - Camp Wood Loop (237.2 miles/12,723 ft. elevation gain): This loop – the western loop – is characterized by steep climbs and river crossings. Leaving Fredericksburg the route heads south dropping off the Edwards Plateau, crosses Interstate I-10 and the Guadalupe River before turning west. The west-bound portion follows along the southern margin of the Edwards Plateau where several rivers dissect the Plateau margin. There are four major climbs (2 - 800 ft, 1 – 600 ft and 1 – 500 ft) as the route drops into and climbs out of the Medina, Sabinal, Frio and Nueces River valleys. The north-bound portion follows the Nueces River as it climbs 1,000 ft back up onto the Plateau. The route then drops back off the Plateau, crosses the Guadalupe. Leaving Kerrville heading north, the route climbs back up 500 ft onto the Plateau and into Fredericksburg. There is approximately 54 ft/mile of elevation gain, generally concentrated in the major climbs.
Loop 2 - Spicewood Loop (131.6 miles/6,932 ft. elevation gain): This loop – the eastern loop - is characterized by numerous water crossings, all up on the Edwards Plateau. Riders leave Fredericksburg heading north and east across the Edwards Plateau toward the Colorado River. The route traverses a ridge that roughly parallels SH 71 to the north. Not many roads cross this ridge. The route includes a short unpaved section of road. The route never drops down to the Colorado, but stays on the Edwards Plateau heading east toward Spicewood. Here it heads south and west back toward Fredericksburg. There is approximately 52 ft/mile of elevation gain.
Loop 3 - Kerrville Loop (86.7 miles/4,107 ft. elevation gain): This loop – the southern loop – is characterized by smaller farms and ranches in the northern portion, up on the Edwards Plateau, and larger, greener, more productive farms and ranches in the southern portion, down along the Guadalupe River drainage. Riders head south passing by Old Tunnel State Park, dropping off the Edwards Plateau, into the Guadalupe River drainage and following it west to Kerrville.
Loop 4 - Crabapple Loop (47.5 miles/2,511 ft. elevation gain): This loop – the northern loop - is characterized by smaller farms and ranches, with many cattle guards and water crossings. There are no gas stations/c-stores on this loop. This is the Hill Country at its best.
The Stampede 200
The Stampede 200 starts and finishes at the Hermann Sons Lodge, 1109 South Adams Street, Fredericksburg, Texas. Like the Longhorn 500, we have taken a different approach to course design. The course features two loops, with both loops starting and finishing at Hermann Sons Lodge. Each loop will include one aid station at approximately the 50 mile point, in addition to an aid station at the Hermann Sons Lodge. The total distance is 200.7 miles with an elevation gain of 10,359 ft.
Loop 1 - Comfort Loop (106.6 miles/5,472 ft. elevation gain): This loop – the western loop - is characterized by farms and ranches. The first third is up on the Edwards Plateau but within the Pedernales River drainage. The second third is off the Plateau in the Guadalupe River drainage. There are many more, greener, and more productive farms and ranches. The final third is back up on the Plateau and again mostly in the Pedernales drainage. There are no major climbs and overall the elevation gain is moderate, approximately 51 ft/mile. There will be an aid station located at approximately 50 miles.
Loop 2 - Blanco Loop (94.1 miles/4,887 ft. elevation gain): This loop – the eastern loop - is somewhat shorter. The northern portion lies up on the Edwards Plateau within the Pedernales River drainage. The route is characterized by the many wineries. The route twice crosses US 290 – the main highway between Austin and Fredericksburg. This portion of 290 is known as “The Wine Highway”. The southern portion lies within the Guadalupe and Blanco River drainages and is similar to the southern portion of Loop 1 – The Comfort Loop. Again, there are no major climbs and overall the elevation gain is moderate, approximately 52 ft/mile. There will be an aid station located at approximately 50 miles.
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Check-in/Packet Pick-up (Start/Finish Line)
- Optional drop bag drop-off for 200 mile racers
5:00 PM - Mandatory Racer Meeting
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
5:00 PM - 500-mile course closes for 2-person and 4-person teams
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 self-supported. 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.
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 2023. Racers considering this option must email firstname.lastname@example.org for approval from race management.
*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 200-mile racers and 500-mile racers/crew must attend the Mandatory Crew meeting Friday evening at 5pm.