Castroville, Texas Hosts RAAM Challenge Texas Race for 2019
Boulder, CO – In November, Team Get Outdoors (TGO) – operator of the RAAM Challenge Texas, announced it would be moving the event to Castroville, Texas. Castroville is located just 20 miles west of San Antonio and has a population of about 3500. The size and location of the town provides easy access in and out of town for the racers. The move and new routes have been finalized, the 8th edition of RAAM Challenge Texas races will be held on March 23, 2019 in Castroville, Texas.
Executive Director, Rick Boethling, about the move to Castroville, “We are excited about the new location of the Texas races. Castroville has been very welcoming and we look forward to a lasting partnership with the town, its businesses and residents. Castroville is complete with all of the amenities that an event would need – lodging, restaurants, stores for supplies, etc. The Hillside Boutique Hotel has stepped up as our host hotel and as we continue to work with the town and understand their needs, I am sure more partnerships will arise.”
Routes – The event will feature two routes – 200 and 500-miles. Both will start and finish in Castroville. The 200-mile race is 214.4 miles with 9,470’ of elevation gain, and the 500-mile race is 512.3 miles with 22,838’ of elevation gain. Both race routes lie entirely within the world famous Texas Hill Country.
The 200-mile route or “double century” is a step up from centuries (100 miles) and gran fondos (120 miles). There will be aid stations at roughly 50, 100 and 150-miles. These will be supplemented by convenience stores along the route. No personal support vehicles will be allowed on the route.
The 500-mile route is open to solo racers, as well as 2 and 4-person teams. Unlike the 200-mile race, there are no aid stations. Participants must ride with a support crew. Racers have 48 hours to finish. Racers who finish within the time limit qualify for Solo RAAM.
Andrew Willis, well-known in the Texas cycling scene, helped design the 200 and 500-mile routes. Willis, an Austin resident, who grew up in San Antonio, knows every road in the Texas Hill Country. The routes incorporate more than 150 miles of Willis’ training rides.
In addition to being a RAAM Qualifying race, the RAAM Challenge Texas is part of the 7-event Texas Ultra Cup. For more information: www.texasultracup.com