Rides and Routes

All EHCT routes start from Schreiner University in Kerrville and some participants arrange to meet up here. Several distance options are offered each day and there should be something for everyone. There are no mass starts so make new friends or meet up with old ones and ride at your own pace.

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The Texas Hill Country occupies the eastern half of the Edwards Plateau. The countryside is characterized by hilly, arid terrain populated by cedar, mesquite, and live oak trees. A number of rivers and creeks have sliced the Plateau as they flow generally southeasterly down to the Gulf of Mexico. Roads along the river valleys tend to be flat with gentle slopes; roads that cross the valleys and ridges often entail short, steep climbs. These routes also include the best vistas!

Originally populated by a number of Native American groups, most of this part of Texas was first settled by Europeans in the 1840 - 1870 period. Throughout the Hill Country, riders will enjoy the diverse history of the area, a blend of Hispanic and Central European cultures (primarily German, Czech and Polish).

Friday's rides offer three routes (33, 51, and 66 miles) that go generally north of Kerrville, and give a "gentle" introduction to the hills: there is only one significant climb for the day, though there are lots of small rollers.

Saturday's four rides (35, 60, 79, and 100 miles) head out generally south from Kerrville, then turn east. The two longer routes go over Eagle's Nest (a pretty big climb, though not as intimidating as its name), then turn east; the shorter routes miss this climb. All routes return via Camp Verde. This small settlement grew around the Williams community store (which is still in existence and well worth a visit if it's open) in 1857 in order to serve the needs of soldiers stationed there. Camp Verde was also the location of an ill-fated Defense Department experiment with using camels as pack animals. (The camels did well, but the soldiers detested them. Probably something to do with Texans and horses...). All four routes return via a lovely roller-coaster road back to town.

Sunday's routes (19 and 35 miles) provide a gentle cool-down before you have to pack up and head home.

Want to attempt the Easter Triple? A 100-km (67 mile) metric century on Friday, a 100-mile century on Saturday followed by an exciting square dance. Few of us can claim that accomplishment!

There are three navigational methods provided for the 2015 Easter Hill Country Tour -

1) Paper maps and cue sheets will be included in Registration Packages distributed at packet pick-up in Kerrville. Note that the links to electronic versions (see below) will also include pdf versions of the maps
2) On-route directions: Color-coded arrows matching the paper maps will be placed on the roads before and at all turns. Note that in case of rain, these can be washed away and in that case the paper maps and cue sheets should be considered your most reliable information.
3) We will provide links to routes on ridewithgps.com (RwGPS) to registered participants via email, on or around Thursday 26th March, and to anyone registering after 26th March in their confirmation email from Active.com. RwGPS does not require users to register or pay any additional fees, freely permits downloading gpx & tcx format files to multiple GPS-compatible cycling computers and is easy to update if/when routes change. Accompanying the links will be detailed instructions on use. Be patient with us if there are any hiccoughs! Ride organizers ask that you do not share any of these links with others so that everyone on the road and using the rest stops at EHCT 2015 is a paid registrant.