MAPS & DIRECTIONS
Driving to the Ranch
12 & Under Map
pdf Trail Map
Rain or Shine Event
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- Thursday & Friday - Campers arriving. Trail Open.
All Day Event Set-up
Trail open for Pre-ride.
Noon-2PM Kids Kup Sign Up
1PM Registration Open.
1PM - First Time Racers Clinic
2PM-3PM Kids Kup Event
5PM Registration Closed.
Liability Release Forms - Save time by bringing yours completed
- Sunday - Course closed to pre-riders.
7:00A Registration Opens
8:00A CAT1/SS Open Registration Closed.
8:30A Pro/CAT 1/SS Open Races Start.
10:30A CAT2 & SingleSpeed Registration Closed.
11:00A CAT 2 & SingleSpeed Races Start.
12:30P CAT 3 & Juniors Registration Closed.
1:00P CAT 3 Races Start.
1:25-35P Junior Races Start
Racers - USAC Liability Release
ALL ranch visitors -
Solavaca Liability Release
Wilson Bros Mobil in Glen Rose
|PETS - NOT ALLOWED - NO DOGS PLEASE. Riders must wear a helmet meeting the standards specified in USA Cycling policies, securely fastened, when on a bike.|
13 to 18 - $15
12 & Under - $10
- The Solavaca is charging a land-use fee for all visitors to the weekend event. For arrivals Friday through Sunday,
$5/day per Adult, Kids under 12 are free. This $5 covers pre-ride trail use. Camping is $10 per night per tent, maximum 4 Adults per tent, extras add $2/Adult. RV parking is $15 per night per RV.
- USAC License is required. One Day license (available for CAT2 and CAT3 only) paid at registration - $5 per racer. Pro and CAT1 must have an annual
USAC License. Download the WAIVER
- Print a mail-in registration here. Must be postmarked by March 20, 2013.
- Fees are not refundable.
- Online registration BikeReg.com - Online registration closes April 3, 4PM Central
- Pro and CAT 1: Cash Prizes.
- CAT 2: Merchandise Prizes: Places 1-3 Minumum $1500. Places 1-10 Awards
- CAT 3: Merchandise Prizes: Raffle, Minumum $1000. Places 1-10 Awards
- Prizes and Awards - Details
Updates and News!!
|VOLUNTEER ALERT : Events cannot happen without volunteers. If you are going to be there, how about signing up to help out?
contact: I want to Help!
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Coupons for 50% OFF. Just ask.
||FOR THE WISE Spring events in the area will
cause some of the accomodations off-ranch to fill up. If you want to get a room in town, or visit an RV park. Reserve NOW!
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FOOD & DRINK
Bottled water and other drinks will be available for sale at the Hospitality Tent while supplies last. There is drinking water available at the barn for campers or other visitors who need to fill
their water bottles or jugs. It is 8 miles to the heart of Glen Rose where there are many good places to eat and two good super markets.|
List of Local
BED & BREAKFAST
- STAYING ON THE PROPERTY - Camping will be available on Solavaca Ranch
from Wednesday evening to Sunday when the races end. There are a few places to park RV's but no hookups either to electric, water, or sewer. RESERVATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR RV's. The camping
is primitive but campsites are accessible by vehicle. PortaJohns will be located in the camping areas as well as around the high traffic areas all weekend. If we have rain, the access to some
of these campng and RV spots may be interrupted until the water runs off. Most places can be driven on when wet but not all. If more than 0.5 inches of rain is in the forecast, RVers should
plan to use one of the other Glen Rose RV accommodations. Tent campers can get in and out more easily in the event of rain, but can be delayed 2-3 hours if we get a good soaking. The issue there
is getting stuck or cutting up the roads while they are very wet. Campers, if you have questions, find a member of the Solavaca Staff to help you. Some will have Solavaca T-Shirts on.
When on the property, please leave all gates in the position you found them - if they were closed, close them behind you. Goats will get out on the road. The gate will remain unlocked at night so
campers can leave if necessary.
Late arrivals - If you are arriving after 9 PM, please call the ranch 254.823.6574, and make arrangements for accomodations, paying your land access/camping fees, and
- LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS - There are a variety of options when staying overnight in the Glen Rose area. In fact, many MetroPlex visitors come
to the area just for the overnight accomodations. Bed & Breakfasts, Six motels - 5 of which are new. Quaint old hotels on the square. Dude ranches and the
Dinosaur Valley State Park, 5 miles down
the road from the Solavaca Ranch. It fills up early, so do not count on finding camping there unless you started very early. A vey good choice is
Oakdale Park in the town of Glen Rose, right on the Paluxy river and recently renovated. Oakdale Park is city owned and it's big. With 150
RV hook-ups, cabins, tent camping, and a huge restored pool built in the 20's. But this weekend is a Bluegrass festival, so hurry or it will fill up.
Alternates are Chambers RV and Cedar Ridge RV Park. Another retreat with family appeal
and upscale cabins just out of Glen Rose is
Brazos House Retreat A beautiful getaway for any weekend!
To find a list of nearby accomodations go to http://www.glenrosetexas.net/accomodations.html,
or contact the Glen Rose Convention&Visitors Bureau. They keep tabs on that information, and can tell you which motels have rooms.
- Geology - Underlying the property is limestone, which outcrops everywhere and
affects the character of the land as well as the way that water drains. The limestone is overlain by topsoil in many places from 4" to many feet in the area of the
seasonal creek. This topsoil has very little clay content on 98% of the trail , so it drains quickly, and does not tend to build up on bike tires. If it gets wet
enough, it will be very slick, having an almost slimy reaction in places where is it totally saturated. It does dry quickly, but that means a few hours. If there
has been no rain for some time, say 3 weeks, it will take over 3" to create a state of saturation in all but a few isolated spots. The exposed limestone is old
in geological terms which means that it is fractured and crumbly. There are however, areas where younger limestone outcrops and the rocks are dark and solid. It is
the crumbly limestone that creates a real challenge on the climbs and in some of the turns. The dominant plant is the cedar (actually a type of juniper). The very
oldest ones grow like a tree, but the ones under 100 years old are bushes. There are 3 types of oaks, some elm, cottnwood, mesquite, and ash. The namesake plant, cat claw, can be found on the
SE side. Hands stuck into those come out with cat scratches from the ghosts of mountain lions past.
- The Track - The trail is single track, but with many stretches where passes can be made.
- Cell Phone Coverage - Verizon (good), ATT (fair), the rest are poor.
- Current Somervell County Weather - This weather station is 8 miles east of the ranch.
- Temperatures - April is springtime, right? It can be warm, cold, and even wet. But you never know so watch the weather and be prepared.
I have seen temps as cold as 20 at night in April - and then get to 75 later that day. If the wind is light, plan for the temperatures here to be 5-10 degrees cooler
at night than in the metroplex.