Red Bull Rio Grande Gravel race soars through the South Texas desert
Heading to the southwestern tip of Texas puts you in a very remote setting. En route to Big Bend National Park or avoiding the barely visited peak of Guadalupe National Park, one encounters difficult and unforgiving terrain. Where better for a gravel race?
The first-ever Red Bull Rio Grande Gravel runs through the foothills of the Chinati Mountains at Cibolo Creek Ranch, just south of Marfa, Texas. With a single 25 mile circuit offering 25, 50 and 75 mile options, the mix of gravel and dirt roads, mountain passes and sketchy technical sections should challenge any rider.
The 75-mile race has a cash purse of $10,000, split evenly among the podium tops. Finishers can stay for local food, drinks and live music well into the night, where, as they say, the stars of the night are big and bright…
Riders are encouraged to use a tire that is at least 42mm wide and 1:1 (or less) rescue gear, and definitely have disc brakes. Cellular service is limited and you will need to resolve any mechanical issues between checkpoints yourself. The run takes place May 6-8 (the actual run is Saturday May 7, 2022), with a Wings for Life charity walk/run on Sunday.
Registration is limited to 500 runners and admission is $95 for the race only or $135 with camping. More info on the event website.