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    There has been a change to the event: all laps will be clockwise starting from the dam gate. Don't bother pre-riding counterclockwise.
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    Dragon Slayer finishers can win big.
    We are up to north of $2000 in swag for the raffle.

    For a reference, your typical TMBRA race with 500 riders will have $2000 in swag.

    Right now there are less than 50 riders for the dragon slayer. Opportunity much?
    Needless to say, it looks like everyone who finishes anything will walk away with something.

    Prizes not distributed will be used in subsequent ATX100K sufferfests!

    Sign up. It's only $10. Even just completing one lap (in under 4:30:00) earns a ticket for the raffles.

    https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2224

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    Have not signed up yet, but pretty sure my wife and I will ride a lap before heading to ACL.


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    What if I sign up as a single lapper but decide to but do two laps?

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    I signed up as a three lapper but might only get two in. I'll sell you one of mine.

    Actually...I believe that it doesn't matter how many laps you sign up to ride. There is a single start time.
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    I really wanted to sign up for this, but just checked and it falls on my chamois washing day.

    I'll choose the clean chamois over the bloody chamois....damn the luck!
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    Official route questions:

    Is the intent to follow the official loop or what is more commonly traveled?

    At Walnut Springs, the official loop heads away from the lake, crosses a drainage, and then picks up the doubletrack again, while the more traveled path is the doubletrack.

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    At Overlook Camp, the trail splits with the right leg somewhat following a contour before hitting a service road and then the gravel path. The left leg climbs up more toward the parking lot and then picks up the service road. I've always used the left path.

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    As you approach Tejas Camp, the official loop stays on some grassy doubletrack, but the more traveled (red) route heads toward the river.


    What are the correct routes for this ride?

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    3 laps of Lago JorgeVilla in one month is hard enough. I'm pretty sure there are maybe 6 people that will finish 3 laps with the time constraints. I love the Texas-sized optimism tho. Party on!

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    Encountered a large rattlesnake (around 4') coiled up at the the entrance of the first bridge around mile marker 3. He was rattling in a striking position facing me. I gave a couple coming from the other way the heads up and the guy tried to use a large stick to move the snake. The snake wasn't having any of it so the dude uses the stick to whack the shit out of the snake and it fell about 30' into the ditch.

    That couple would not have seen the snake until they got within a foot of it. I'm glad I was there to give them a heads up.

    Be careful out there.


    Also, the downside of the stair case has been sanitized. Seems like that would cause erosion issues without steps or some sort of retention barrier.

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    The staircase was not sanitized, it was remediated. Rotten logs were removed and killer rebar was pulled. Much appreciated!!

    I talked to the trail steward and he is going to watch it closely to see the best options to harden it from erosion. Watch for a workday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrider View Post
    Also, the downside of the stair case has been sanitized. Seems like that would cause erosion issues without steps or some sort of retention barrier.
    The steps were contributing to erosion; water had been cascading over the steps causing them to get higher and higher. We've looked at alternate lines but have been unable to come up with a good solution yet.

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    Thanks for the explanation and thanks to all who work to make this such an awesome trail. I'll keep an eye out for a work day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dburatti View Post
    Official route questions:

    Is the intent to follow the official loop or what is more commonly traveled?

    At Walnut Springs, the official loop heads away from the lake, crosses a drainage, and then picks up the doubletrack again, while the more traveled path is the doubletrack.

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    At Overlook Camp, the trail splits with the right leg somewhat following a contour before hitting a service road and then the gravel path. The left leg climbs up more toward the parking lot and then picks up the service road. I've always used the left path.

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    As you approach Tejas Camp, the official loop stays on some grassy doubletrack, but the more traveled (red) route heads toward the river.


    What are the correct routes for this ride?

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    For the DragonSlayer, no one should be taking the old low-water crossing down stream from Camp Tejas as this cuts out several miles, nor should they take the over-grown short-cut through a creek which is around mile 22/23 I think (I blocked them with markers when I was last out). The trail steward also wants the older, traditional route used after the stairs which is the double track on the way to Tejas. The singletrack cutoff to the right will likely be blocked for the event so it should not be a problem (about the same distance anyway). After Tejas and on the northshore, we would prefer you take the single track instead of the double track on your way to Hogg. The double track is fairly overgrown anyway and will slow you down and probably will not be mown prior. At Shady Springs, feel free to skip that horseshoe (it's overgrown anyway) and stay next to the lake. Should there be a rain event and the lake water covers that though, we will use the Shady Springs horseshoe. At the singletrack's end at Overlook, finish the dirt near the restrooms and take whatever route you want back over the dam to the start/finish.

    We do hope to have some sort of directional markings for the event but they will be few and far inbetween.

    Thanks everyone for giving at least one lap a go. This ride at $10, is about as grassroots as we can get with all the needed permits and insurance requirements, so do not expect and "OuterBike" experience. Do expect however to challenge yourself and see what you are made of. We also have top-notch sponsor support by LBSs and the bike industry which equates out to some bad ass prizes to give out and right now it looks like everyone who completes any of the laps will win something significant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NachoMaster View Post
    What if I sign up as a single lapper but decide to but do two laps?
    You can sign up for one and ride three or sign up for three and ride one, etc. The varied distances on the registration page are there to make sure people know that they can come out, ride one or two laps, likely win something cool, and have fun without going the full triple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsCraig View Post
    3 laps of Lago JorgeVilla in one month is hard enough. I'm pretty sure there are maybe 6 people that will finish 3 laps with the time constraints. I love the Texas-sized optimism tho. Party on!
    So much of it will depend on the heat and humidity. I am hoping for highs in the low to mid 80s with bearable humidity in which case, I expect a dozen or so to finish the triple. The sign up list so far has many hard-core marathon riders on it..

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    If someone was considering doing one lap would he/she be able to start later?

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    Anybody looking to ride one lap at a clunky pace and looking for a riding pal?

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    I registered earlier today. Can't wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericandrewscott View Post
    Anybody looking to ride one lap at a clunky pace and looking for a riding pal?
    I feel like doing one then laying on a bed of nails while breaking a beer bottle over my head to simulate lap two, followed by walking across hot coals and broken glass before taking a baseball bat to my FACE to simulate what a third lap would feel like.
    Grab life by the timbales.

    Sriracha Grilled Cheese dipped in homemade chicken soup. POW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    I feel like doing one then laying on a bed of nails while breaking a beer bottle over my head to simulate lap two, followed by walking across hot coals and broken glass before taking a baseball bat to my FACE to simulate what a third lap would feel like.
    This seems accurate.

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