The RAT 1000 is a 1000 mile ride across Texas primarily utilizing dirt and gravel roads. The route also touches the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Resupply is rarely more than 50 miles away at any point and the route is designed to swing through towns/amenities as often as practical. Numerous state parks and other recreational sites are along and very near to the route. Riders are welcome to camp or hotel or whatever combination they prefer along the way.
There are different categories for 2019, which are outlined below.
Self Supported ITT – Individual Time Trials can be attempted at any time. Options include East to West and West to East. Live tracking is a requirement to log an official time. This format essentially follows “Tour Divide” type rules. No outside assistance allowed unless available to all who attempt the route. The clock is always running until the route is completed.
Self Supported Group Departure (Full RAT and Mini RAT) – Same rules as ITT but with a specific start time with our once a year Group Departure. 10/12 Overnight in Paris, TX is included and allowed for this group without penalty for outside assistance. Self Supported Group Departure riders also have the option to start on Friday and overnight with the supported riders in New Boston if they aren’t “racing”. Racers looking for an official time will start from Texarkana, AR Saturday.