We owe a special thanks to Eugene Mazzurana for his help creating these incredible, unique and beautiful routes!
All three routes will be escorted out of Hico, TX on paved roads and Highway 6 for approximately 1.5 miles. After the hard right turn onto a gravel county road, the gravel fun begins! The finish line for all three routes is in front of Hico City Hall where we started from.
La Pequeña may be our shortest route but it has the highest percentage of gravel (84%) and over 1,600 feet of elevation gain. The GL30 features the same river crossing as the longer routes, and you should also be ready for a cyclecross challenge around mile 25, where you will have to dismount to cross the barricades blocking the bridge over Bee Creek.
La Mediana is 75% gravel, 62.7 miles in distance and has over 3,600 feet of elevation gain. The GL63 features two wet crossings (North Bosque River and Gum Branch), the locally famous "Loco Hill" (20% grade!) near the small town of Iredell and the cyclocross challenge over the barricades at the Bee Creek Bridge.
As its name implies, you've got to be a lil' crazy to ride La Loca: 155.3 miles (112 miles of which are on gravel) and 8,200 feet of elevation gain. The GL150 features five wet crossings, the "Loco Hill" along with three of the biggest, baddest hills in Bosque County. All three are back to back and all three kick up into the 17-18% grade. La Loca is also loaded with rolling hills and great scenery and passes by the oldest Seventh Day Adventist Church in Texas, built in 1913 and through old pecan plantations and the Leon River Valley.
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