The Holey Roller

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Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Event: The Holey Roller

Route Distances: 50 miles

About the Ride: 

The ride starts and finishes at Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, TX. The route takes you on (discuss terrain and landscape). There will be food available for purchase and free Real Ale beer waiting for you and your friends at the end of the ride.

What is a gravel grinder? It’s an organized but self-supported bike ride on a set route on mostly dirt roads.

The ideal bicycle for conquering these gravel roads is one that can traverse them swiftly, perhaps one with drop bars to allow the rider to switch hand positions and to hunker down when facing a stiff headwind. But it should also have enough seat and chainstay clearance to run tires with sufficient volume to take the edge of the rough and rutted roads. The ideal bike should provide more stability than a road bike, but be nimble enough to make quick course corrections to avoid other riders, ruts, cowpies, and rattlesnakes masquerading as sticks. Cyclocross and mountain bikes are great options.

We are limiting this ride to the first 200 registratants.


Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM


Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville TX

Ranch opens at 7:30 AM

Packet Pick Up Opens at 8 AM


$40. Price includes long sleeve t-shirt, lunch, and 2 beers. Riders are responsible for the Ranch’s $10 parking fee. Please bring cash for parking.


  1. Bike helmet
  2. Sufficient food and drink for the ride. There are no rest stops!
  3. Spare tubes, patch kit, and tire boots
  4. Co2 cartridges or pump
  5. Weather appropriate clothing including possible shifts in temperatures and precipitation
  6. Multitool
  7. Cell phone
  8. GPS unit or bicycle computer (Very important. Many of the roads do not have visible signage or signs are turned around. You will need to know mileage to anticipate turns.)

Location: Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville TX


Registration: Online registration


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