Sun & Ski Sports 2012 Texas XC Mountain Bike State Championship Series
 Solavaca Cat Claw Classic  Richardson Bike Mart
Solavaca Cat Claw Classic

March 17-18, 2012  -  Glen Rose Texas

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MARCH 17-18, 2012   GLEN ROSE TEXAS 76043

The Cat Claw Classic XC Races are held on the trails of the Solavaca Ranch
partners with Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association (FWMBA)
USA Cycling

Driving to the Ranch

Google MAP
Infrastructure Map
Course Map
12 & Under Map
pdf Trail Map


Rain or Shine Event
  • Thursday & Friday - Campers arriving. Trail Open.
  • Saturday - Event set-up. Trail open.
    Noon-2PM Kids Kup Sign Up
    1PM Registration Open.
    1PM - First Time Racers Clinic
    2PM-3PM Kids Kup Event
    5PM Registration Closed.
  • 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 & Juniors Races Start.
  • Feb 11-12        The Warda Race
  • Feb 25-26        STORM Hill Country Challenge
  • Mar 3-4            Mellow Johnny
  • Mar 17-18        Solavaca Ranch
  • Mar 31- Apr 1   GHORBA
  • Apr 14-15         Pace Bend
  • May 4-5             DORBA
  • May 19-20        Rocky Hill
  • Rules and info on the Series at
  • Visit USA Cycling at
Liability Release Forms - Save time by bringing yours completed
Racers - USAC Liability Release
ALL ranch visitors - Solavaca Liability Release

Richardson Bike Mart

Bicycles Inc

Glen Rose Covention & Visitors Bureau

Bonzai Cycle Werx

TSO - Cleburne

GU Energy Products

QWorks Corp

B&B Bicycles

Mad Duck Cyclery

Plano Cycling & Fitness

Monkey Wrench Bicycle Repair

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.


Online $30
On-Site $35
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 2, 2012.
  • Fees are not refundable.
  • Online registration - Online registration closes March 14, 3PM CDT


Series Rules
for Prizes
  • 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


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

Race Discounts
Historic Glen Hotel
  • 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 submitting waivers.

  • 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. To find a list of nearby accomodations go to, 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 Phones
  • 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 - March 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 March - 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.
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