The Race Organizers
The Texas Time Trials are organized by Tejas Sports Productions and Race Coordinator Dan Driscoll. The race is staffed by volunteers and cycling enthusiasts from the north Texas area bicycling community and by members from the Lone Star Randonneurs, Fort Worth Bicycling Association, and Texas Wheels cycling clubs.
September 22-24, 2016
The Texas Time Trials would like to extend a warm, Texas-sized invitation to all of y’all. Whether you are an Ultra Racer, Randonneur or a rider wanting to test your abilities against the clock, we have an event for you. The Texas Time Trials is actually five events in one. The Tejas 500, our longest event, will have (3) different start times, the 48-Hour start, Thursday 6:00 pm, then a 42-hour start (6 hours later) at Midnight and also a 36-hour start at 6:00 am Friday. The object is to have all the riders and teams finish about the same time for dinner and the Awards Bash Saturday evening.
The “Iron Butt” 24-Hour Time Trial will start Friday evening at 5:00 pm. The “Tin Butt” 12-Hour Challenge will start on Saturday morning at 6:00 am. The 6-Hour Shoot-Out will begin Saturday at 11:00 am, followed by The 26.5 mile Sprint at 3:00 pm. The staggered start times make for an exciting event injecting new riders onto the course. This introduction of new riders to the course adds to the excitement of each event and will work to keep riders already out on the course fired-up. All events will end in time for the Awards Ceremony. The Awards Ceremony is a fun place to meet other riders, eat and pick up trophies. With riders from most of the states in the USA and from other countries, the Awards Bash was also an unbelievable reunion (see past rider list on website) of old and new friends.
The course is a scenic and challenging 26.5 mile loop. Crews can “hand off” to their riders from the start-finish area, each lap. This venue also allows riders to “crew themselves” from the trunk of their own car, negating the need for an expensive “follow entourage”. The start-finish is a fun place for your crew and/or resting team riders to congregate and allows for a pleasant social atmosphere. Bring the family for a fun-filled day at the races! Riders, crews and teams are encouraged to pitch tents in the park under the large trees creating a tent city with a personality all its own.
Awards will be abundant and worthy of your accomplishment. All riders and team members completing The Tejas 500 within the selected time limit will receive an awesome TTTT trophy. In the 24-Hour “Iron Butt” race, all riders completing 132.5 miles in 24 hours will receive a trophy. In the 12-Hour “Tin Butt” race, all riders completing 79.5 miles in 12 hours will receive a trophy. In the 6-hour Shoot-Out race, racers completing 53 miles in 6 hours receive a trophy and all racers finishing The 26.5 mile Sprint receive a trophy. All team members will receive the same TTTT Trophy. Last year we awarded 300 trophies. Please take the time to check out the photos of these TTTT Trophies on The Awards Page of TTTT Website.
If 500 miles sounds too challenging, try a four-person team. Team riders seem to make a party out of this event every year! The Texas Time Trials has become more than just a great internationally-known event; it’s a fun-filled ride, a reunion that brings RAAM legends, newbies, randonneurs and world-class Ultra racers together in a social setting to celebrate our ability to ride. This is a great event for the seasoned racer or someone wanting to try their first race. For photos, a complete list of past riders, their splits, sponsors, volunteers, rider comments and ride reports, please see our website.
The TTTT website will be updated mid-Summer with new sponsors and details, but as well as things went last year, we don’t plan to change much at all.
If you can’t be talked into racing, please consider coming out to enjoy the free food and volunteer!
Happy Trails! Dan D