Cycling Events in Texas

Cycling Events in Texas
Mountain and road bicyclists enjoy a rich heritage of cycling in Texas. Each year the state hosts bicycling events from Austin to Wichita Falls. Texas is where Lance Armstrong began his cycling career and continues to train for part of the year. Texas courses cover different terrain, from flat riding to the hill country.

Hotter'N Hell 100

The Hotter'N Hell 100 is held annually in Wichita Falls. It is a multiday event. The weekend consists of the consumer show, spaghetti dinner, criterium race, cycling road race, the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred Endurance Ride, a mountain bike race and an off-road trail run. The criterium and road race are USA Cycling-sanctioned events. Visitors from almost every state and Canadian province make it to the Hotter'N Hell 100. During the endurance road event, cyclists must make it to the infamous "Hell's Gate" in a designated time. Hell's Gate is at mile 60.3 of the 100-mile course and is known for its blazing temperatures. Preregistration is recommended for those wanting to attend the Hotter'N Hell 100 and can be made through the online portal.

Hotter'N Hell 100
P.O. Box 2096
Wichita Falls,TX 76307
(940) 322-3223
hh100.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=44&Itemid=66

Livestrong Challenge Austin

The Livestrong Challenge Austin is the signature race and event of the Livestrong Foundation event series. The Livestrong Foundation was started by Lance Armstrong and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer eradication and research. The bicycling event takes place each year, typically in October, in downtown Austin. The event is over a three-day weekend, with Friday and Saturday events in the "Livestrong Village." The event is held in conjunction with the Rides for the Roses. On Sunday, there are 10-, 20-, 45-, 65-, and 90-mile rides. The final mile of each event is referred to as the "Yellow Mile." Family and friends are invited to show up for the final mile and walk or ride alongside participants to show support. The event is a fundraiser for the Livestrong Foundation. Participants need to raise a set amount of money in pledges to ride in the event.

Lance Armstrong Foundation Events
2201 E. Sixth St.
Austin, TX 78702
austin2010.livestrong.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=330110

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour

The LBJ 100 is named after former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was from Texas. The event has a 10-, 30-, 44- and 65-mile ride. There are support vehicles, snacks, water stations and events with food and beverages at the Perdinales River at the end of the rides. The rides start at the historic LBJ Ranch and wind their way through the Texas Hill Country. Registration can be done at active.com. The LBJ 100 takes place annually in March and is one of the first cycling events of the year in Texas.

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour
(210) 355-2645
lbj100bicycletour.org

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Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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