World Class Course

"World Class" - words not lightly chosen. It seems we are not alone in this opinion:

  • For years, Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG Austin Challenge used these very roads for its event.
  • Team Garmin-Sharp (a US professional cycling team which figures prominently each year in the European racing circuit, including the Tour de France) based its development team for 2012 and 2013 at the Williams Racing Academy in Wimberley, TX. See the following article: http://cyclingillustrated.com/?s=garmin-sharp+development.

Our priority is that YOU have a WONDERFUL CYCLING EXPERIENCE !! Consequently, the course has been carefully selected by a group of local cyclists for the beauty of the routes, the quality of the roads, and the minimal traffic. Take two minutes (literally!) and view the brief slide show of this INCREDIBLE course by clicking on the video below.

The Beauty Of the Course:

Everyone knows that Wimberley and the Central Texas Hill Country are synonymous with tranquility and raw beauty, from sweeping vistas of rolling hills to rocky bluffs to crystal clear, spring-fed lakes, rivers and creeks. The Spirit of Texas Ride simply bestows some of the best that the Hill Country has to offer upon participants.

Upon leaving Wimberley High School the course graces the quaint Wimberley business district before digressing on to River Road. River Road meanders along the Blanco River and is one of the most scenic cycling segments anywhere. From there, the hill country reveals more treasures. With names like "Devil's Backbone", "Canyon Lake", "Valley View", "Creek Road" and "Mt. Sharp", cyclists are in for one memorable cycling adventure!

Not to mention the wildlife ... deer are virtually a sure bet during an early morning ride. As frequent cyclists on these roads, we can tell you there are some BEAUTIFUL bucks and wee bambinos among them! In addition to the deer, it is not uncommon to see wild turkey, hawks, turkey vultures, a plethora of colorful bird species and even the occasional fox ... and maybe even pups!

2-minute slide show of the BEAUTIFUL SOTR course
(turn up your speakers & maximize video for full effect!)

Challenging Routes

The ride course is set in the heart of the exquisite Central Texas Hill Country so the routes are hilly in general - this ride's predecessor ride was aptly named the "Wimberley Hillacious"! Please choose your distance accordingly. While the 15-mile route is plenty picturesque, the three longer routes "up the ante" in terms of rolling hills and offer spectacular vistas along with a couple of especially challenging climbs (one of which was "affectionately" referred to as "The Hill of Death" by a 2012 participant!). To see the elevations (how many verticle feet climbed) for each route, click here.


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We are honored to have the opportunity to present such an outstanding cycling event. We look forward to seeing YOU in the saddle for this year's Spirit of Texas Ride!

And, on behalf the entire Wimberley High School Spirit of Texas Band organization, thanks for your support!!

 
 

 

       
   
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