April 6th 2019 will be the big launch for our new challenging gravel and road 22 mile circuit starting in Holland, Texas. Gravel sections are fast and smooth, so skinny gravel or road bikes are acceptable. Course will be marked but riders are expected to self-maintain their own tires, tubes and equipment.
OPEN MEN/WOMEN: 12:00pm HIGH NOON – 66 miles (3 laps) CASH PRIZES: $300 1st place, $150 2nd place, $75 3rd place Equal pay-out for men and women provided minimium field of 25 riders per category is achieved. Payout will be adjusted at promotor’s discretion if field limits are not met for either open men or open women.
AGE GRADED 40+ MEN: 12:07pm – 66 miles (3 laps) AWARDS: 3 places each for men (field minium of 5) This is a unique race, since this is a rare age graded only start to allow the old guys to duke it out under their own crusty steam without getting buried too hard by the young guns.
2 LAP HEROS WOMEN: 12:15pm – 44 miles (2 laps) AWARDS: 3 places each for women (field minium of 5) We’re looking forward to seeing the best of the ladies battle it out for the gravel podium. Tulips, stroopwafels and Gouda to the top 3.
2 LAP HEROS MEN: 12:15pm – 44 miles (2 laps) Pre-registered riders will receive a Holland Classic commerative patch. Let’s get physical but we understand that you might want to knock out a good 44 miles and bounce. This is where the real fun and banter takes place.
1 LAP HEROS: 12:15pm – 22 miles (1 lap) Pre-registered riders will receive a Holland Classic commerative patch. We welcome all, and if you’ve got one lap in you, then please join us!
The 22.75 mile loop is a mixed surfaces course with road and fast gravel sectors. The course loops back onto itself through the Holland High School parking lot. This tight 180 is intended to slow speeds down and allow safe feed zone grabs. A fence line will allow mussett bags and bottles to be attached and grabbed on the go. There will also be a neutral Nuun feedzone station to fill up water bottles. For the July edition, putting coolers on the ground with your bottles inside on ice is the best strategy.
Bathrooms and registration will be located in the High School cafetorium.
Sector # 1 – 1.9km to 3.7km Sector # 2 – 4.5km to 5.0km (this sector got paved summer 2019) Sector # 3 – 6.6km to 12.3km Sector # 4 – 14.3km to 18.2km (big dog chase, he’s really fast) Sector # 5 – 21.3km to 25.6km Sector # 6 – reverse of Sector #2 31.7km to 32.2km Sector # 7 – reverse of Sector #1 33.0km to 34.8km 36.6km – END ONE LAP plus feedzone u-turn 200m