Welcome to the East Texas Showdown. Racers will line up at the Bullet Cafe in Point Blank, TX and depart in a northern or southern direction (racers choice) and the first one back to the Bullet wins.
Texas is mostly privately owned with only about 3% being public land. This route takes you through two large swatches of public land, the Sam Houston National Forest and The Davy Crockett National Forest. Roads are all publicly maintained mostly County or Park roads that are either paved or gravel. There’s one section that may be hike a bike if it rains too much, but other than that, expect it to be 100% rideable.
The East Texas Showdown Route is 380 miles with 15,900 feet elevation gain, 60% gravel and 40% pavement, with 1 million dogs to help you go fast.
The East Texas Slowdown Route is 280 miles, 11,528 ft of climbing, 65% gravel and 35% pavement, with plenty of doggies to pet and flowers to smell.
This race will follow the rules and ethos of other ultra endurance self supported races like the Tour Divide.