Holey Roller

Information for 2020's Holey Roller will be up near the start of the new year. Check out 2019's ride to get an idea of what Holey Roller is about.


Saturday, March 2, 2019

RIDE OVERVIEW

Holey Roller is a self-supported 50-mile bike ride on a set route along mixed terrain roads. 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.

We are limiting this ride to the first 200 registrants.

PACKET PICKUP

Ride packets can be picked up Friday, March 1, at Bicycle Sport Shop, Lamar from 5-7 PM or Saturday, March 2, at Rocky Hill Ranch from 7:45-8:20 AM.

LOCATION

Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville TX
Saturday, March 2, 2019

  • Ranch opens at 7:30 AM
  • Packet pick up opens at 7:45 AM and ends at 8:20 AM
  • Wheels down at 8:30 AM
  • Food service starts at 11:30 AM
  • Food service ends at 2:30 PM

COST

$40. Price includes stainless steel pint glass, lunch from Cluck-n-Burger, and 2 beers. Riders are responsible for the Ranch's $10 parking fee. Please bring cash for parking. The event is rain or shine and there are no refunds.

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.)

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.

2019 ROUTE

A big shoutout and thanks to Brett Kinsey of Capital City Racing for scouting out and creating an even better course this year to include more of that sweet gravel ridin' to the route. Download it, know it, love it.

Route: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/22415764