Holey Roller

Saturday, March 3

RIDE OVERVIEW

Holey Roller is a self-supported 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.



START LOCATION

Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville TX

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ranch opens at 7:30 AM

Packet pick up opens at 8 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 long sleeve t-shirt, lunch, and 2 beers. Riders are responsible for the Ranch's $10 parking fee. Please bring cash for parking.

Register by February 7 to be guaranteed an event shirt. If you register after February 7, we may or may not have a shirt available in your size.

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.

ROUTE

The route for this year will likely be identical to 2017's Holey Roller:

Garmin Route 
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/5767438

Strava GPX File
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