Rides and Events Schedule

Below is the Tentative Ride Schedule for 2018. In 2017 there were Water Stations set up in the Big Bend Ranch State Park on all three days; and guides were traveling with most rides. On Friday there was a neutral Aid Station at the Lajitas Airport Trailhead (Courtesy of Richardson Bike Mart), and on Saturday again, at the Whitroy Mine (Buena Suerte). All this terrific help notwithstanding, it is always best to be independently prepared for each day’s adventure (suggested gear list).

WEDNESDAY, February 14

Today is the ONLY day that Event HQ is open at Desert Sports, in Terlingua.

TimePlaceEvent Description/Details
11 am-6 pmDesert Sports
Hwy 170
Registration
Come by the shop, just east of the Ghosttown, for early package pick-up.

THURSDAY, February 15

After Ride: C‘mon over for a casual apres ride mixer at Bike Central HQ (Maverick Ranch RV Park).

Meeting TimeMeeting PlaceEvent Description/Details
7:30-10 amMaverick Ranch RV Park
(aka "Bike Central" or "Bike Event HQ")
Registration
We’re open early so folks can get their registration completed, and have their wristbands on, before heading out for the ride in the National Park.
9:30 amBarton Warnock Visitor Center (BWVC)Rincon Loop – Big Bend Ranch State Park (BBRSP)
30+ miles; For riders with a fair bit of off-road experience. Enjoy all the great singletrack (including the Dome Singletrack!) and venture further ...to the Rincon Loop! (and maybe the Chimney Rock trail) for lots of exciting climbing.
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10 amBWVCDome Loop – BBRSP
20+ miles; For riders with some off-road experience. Enjoy all the great singletrack (including the Fresno Divide Trail) and the scenic (gorgeous!) loop around the Contrabando Dome.
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10 amOld Ore Road
(north end)
Old Ore Road, Big Bend National Park
Meet at the north end of Old Ore Rd. for an 18-mile shorter ride (out and back) or 32+ miles ride all the way to Rio Grande Village.
*LOGISTICS Alert* It is a 90 minute drive from Lajitas to the meet point. See Old Ore Road Logistics for additional info.
10:15 amBWVCBuena Suerte Ride
15+ miles; Guided ride for reasonably conditioned folks with basic mountain biking skills. Enjoy some of the easier singletrack and the old road up to the Whitroy Mine.
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10:30 amBWVCContrabando Short Ride
11+ miles; Guided ride for reasonably conditioned folks with basic mountain biking skills. Choose either the old road or the singletrack on the way to the Contrabando Waterhole. Ideal for riders who want to gain experience riding in a desert environment. Steady but reasonable pace including short hike-a-bike segments.
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3-6 pmMaverick Ranch RV Park
(aka "Bike Central" or "Bike Event HQ")
Registration

FRIDAY, February 16

After Ride: Stop by Bike Central for a beer!
After the After Ride: Local fave Starlight Theatre often puts on a special evening... details to follow.

Meeting TimeMeeting PlaceEvent Description/Details
8:30 am-6 pmMaverick Ranch RV Park
(aka "Bike Central" or "Bike Event HQ")
Registration
Open all day!
9:30 amMaverick Ranch RV Park
(aka "Bike Central" or "Bike Event HQ")
Lajitas Trails Longer Ride
20+ miles; Explore all the awesome singletrack with local, experienced guides for maximum exposure!
9:30 amWEST Contrabando TrailheadGeology Ride
Longer Version 23+ miles, Shorter Version 10+ miles; Join Dr. Kevin Urbanczyk and local guides for an educational Tour. RIDE DESCRIPTION»
9:30 amBWVCRincon Loop – BBRSP
30+ miles; For riders with a fair bit of off-road experience. Enjoy all the great singletrack (including the Dome Singletrack!) and venture further ...to the Rincon Loop! (and maybe the Chimney Rock trail) for lots of exciting climbing.
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10 amMaverick Ranch RV Park
(aka "Bike Central" or "Bike Event HQ")
Lajitas Trails Shorter Ride
10+ miles; explore some of the most fun, flowy sections of singletrack in Texas with experienced, local riders.
10 amBWVCBBRSP Dome Loop
20+ miles; For riders with some off-road experience. Enjoy all the great singletrack (including the Fresno Divide Trail) and the scenic (gorgeous!) loop around the Contrabando Dome.
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10:15 amBWVCBuena Suerte Ride
15+ miles; Guided ride for reasonably conditioned folks with basic mountain biking skills. Enjoy some of the easier singletrack and the old road up to the Whitroy Mine.
RIDE DESCRIPTION»
10:30 amBWVCContrabando Short Ride
11+ miles; Guided ride for reasonably conditioned folks with basic mountain biking skills. Choose either the old road or the singletrack on the way to the Contrabando Waterhole. Ideal for riders who want to gain experience riding in a desert environment. Steady but reasonable pace including short hike-a-bike segments.
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2 pmLajitas Airport Trailhead (East of Lajitas on HWY 170)Kids Ride
7+ miles; Desert Sports/Big Bend Trails Alliance guided ride designed to give kids a great hour and a half or so of riding terrific, fun, safe trails. Kid tested, and Kid approved! Kids must have an adult with them to ride.
5 pmMaverick Ranch RV Park
(aka "Bike Central" or "Bike Event HQ")
Chumba/Wanderlust Film / Q&A
Join the fine folks from CHUMBA and Wanderlust for a short film and long Q&A on the fun, adventure and gear for BikePacking adventures!

SATURDAY, February 17

After Ride: Longtime sponsors and staunch supporters of trails and events in West Texas, Bicycle Sport Shop (Austin), have sponsored an after ride beer at Bike Central in years past.... we sure do hope to join them again this year.
After Party! Our hosts, Lajitas Golf Resort, bring us the Doodlin' Hogwallops for a starry evening of dancing poolside on the grass. Yes! Ladies and Gentlemen, the famous Texas Dance Band will be twistin' by the pool with us!

Meeting TimeMeeting PlaceEvent Description/Details
7-9 amMaverick Ranch RV Park
(aka "Bike Central" or "Bike Event HQ")
Registration
8 amBarton Warnock Visitor Center (BWVC)
Hwy 170
Fresno/Sauceda EPIC – BBRSP
60 miles; Be ready for a serious adventure. This is it, the whole enchilada. There will be fast lads out front, but they can’t really be called “guides” for this ride. There will be a sweep that ensures everyone gets back alive. Be ready to ride all the singletrack, the east side of Rincon, up over Pila Montoya, through Sauceda and back down, all the way back down through the other side of the world.
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9:30 amBWVCRincon Loop – BBRSP
30+ miles; For riders with a fair bit of off-road experience. Enjoy all the great singletrack (including the Dome Singletrack!) and venture further ...to the Rincon Loop! (and maybe the Chimney Rock trail) for lots of exciting climbing.
RIDE DESCRIPTION»
10 amBWVCDome Loop – BBRSP
20+ miles; For riders with some off-road experience. Enjoy all the great singletrack (including the Fresno Divide Trail) and the scenic (gorgeous!) loop around the Contrabando Dome.
RIDE DESCRIPTION»
10:15 amBWVCBuena Suerte Ride
15+ miles; Guided ride for reasonably conditioned folks with basic mountain biking skills. Enjoy some of the easier singletrack and the old road up to the Whitroy Mine.
RIDE DESCRIPTION»
10:30 amEAST Contrabando TrailheadKids' Ride
7+ miles; Desert Sports/Big Bend Trails Alliance guided ride designed to give kids a great hour and a half or so of riding terrific, fun, safe trails. Kid tested, and Kid approved! Kids must have an adult with them to ride.
10:30 amBWVCContrabando Short Ride
11+ miles; Guided ride for reasonably conditioned folks with basic mountain biking skills. Choose either the old road or the singletrack on the way to the Contrabando Waterhole. Ideal for riders who want to gain experience riding in a desert environment. Steady but reasonable pace including short hike-a-bike segments.
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mid-ish to late-ish afternoonMaverick Ranch RV Park
(aka "Bike Central" or "Bike Event HQ")
Bike Fest
Join a bunch of us goofballs at the RV Park for some afternoon adventures in bike silliness! Try your luck! Show off your skills! Toss a bike! Join in the Bike Raffle to win very cool schwag!
5:30 pmMaverick Ranch RV ParkPost Ride Fajitas Feed
Lajitas Golf Resort is hosting us at the RV Park for a great post ride dinner.