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    Quote Originally Posted by Monoborracho View Post
    The climbs out of the canyons at Buffalo Springs Ironman 70.3 in Lubbock are ugly. Short, but ugly.

    The "Three Amigos" on 337 north of Mineral Wells are a favorite. Three long climbs and fast descents over about ten miles.
    The ugly thing about Buffalo Springs and Lubbock are the redneck drivers that despise cyclists.

    Much better hills are inside the Palo Duro State Park outside Amarillo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha_bravo View Post
    Has anyone ridden out in Big Bend? I'd really like to plan a trip out there to ride some of the real mountains there. I've hear there are a few good 1000-1500 foot climbs. I don't think there's anything in Texas that is as big as that.
    It's been a while since I've ridden there but there is first rate bike riding in Big Bend esp. if you go offroad. Heck I'd like to get there in Feb. or March for some riding.

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    San Antonio here. Green Mountain Road, just north of Hwy 1604, is a good workout. Not killer steep, but a good steady even ramp of 200' over a mile. A better workout is the 4 miles of Smithson Valley Road between Bulverde and Hwy1863. A steady slope with a nice 50-100' ramp about every mile. I tell myself it's like doing intervals.

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    Just saw this thread. As the OP noted.

    I did the Ft. Davis cyclefest (75 mies) this year along with the Ft. Davis Hammerfest the following day....which is a seven mile ride with almost 2,000 feet elevation gain. Other than the steepness of those climbs the elevation got to me. 5,000+ to almost 7,000 feet on the day two climb.

    Since I ride and live near the gulf coast that is a big difference in the elevation. The Ft. Davis rides are awesome if you can get out there in September for the event.

    I also rode ranch road 337 between Vanderpool and Leakey Tx this year. Those hills are grades approaching 15-17% in parts. Very tough climbs but not as long as Ft. Davis. This area was also mentioned by the OP.
    Cycling is an addiction that is worth having; let's go!! South TX Randos www.rgvrandos.org

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