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Eight days works in well with most people's work schedules. Rather than eating up all of your valuable vacation time, you can take a Hell Week vacation and still have some time left for family trips or other pursuits.
How did Hell Week get started?
The original Hell Week in San Marcos, TX, started in March 1991, with just six participants. What began as an excuse to get together with cycling friends during Spring Break in a warm climate turned into an enormously popular idea that appeals to many.
How did you choose your Hell Week locations?
The original Texas Hell Week moved to Fredericksburg in 1994, after we discovered the town and its surrounding area to be ideal for safe cycling. There are over 480 miles of paved roads in Gillespie County, where Fredericksburg is the county seat. The many one-lane farm roads put cyclists in idyllic settings more reminiscent of Europe than Texas.
Gator Country Hell Week in Florida is a favorite cycling area of your hosts. Cycling Florida during the winter is ideal: the weather is great, and the rural routes take riders through the largest concentration of orange groves in the world. Fort Myers is very easy to ride in and out of, and easy to get to by air or land.
Viva Las Vegas Hell Week tours an enormous amount of rugged desert terrain. As you'll quickly find out, the desert is far from flat. It's desolate and beautiful, and Las Vegas is a superb place to start and finish a trip.
Finally, Cheese Country Hell Week is in Richland Center WI, located about an hour west of Madison. The terrain is similar to that of Texas Hill Country. The small villages are loaded with midwest charm, along with a lot of European flavor.
What's the difference between the Texas and Wisconsin camps, and the two supported tours?
We continue to offer Texas Hell Week in its original form, meaning the routes are unsupported, and riders are on their own for meals and lodging. Each night, we stay in the same town. Texas Hell Week is more like a "Bikestock" than anything: dozens of riders from all over the country coming together to do what they enjoy the most. Cheese Country seeks to replicate this.
Our fully-supported guided tours in Florida and the Las Vegas area are a different kind of Hell Week, even though we cycle similar daily distances over 8 days. We take care of everything except the rider's evening meal (and we even take care of that on one evening). Riders are pampered all day long, and have only one thing to worry about: riding the bike.
Why do you call it Hell Week?
No, we don't have an obsession with the devil! Our 8-day camps and tours are challenging, a sort of "initiation" into the rigors of day-in, day-out cycling. In keeping with the fraternal traditions on campus, we chose to name our events appropriately.
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