Texas Hell Week is as common to Spring as are daffodils and wildflowers. Nicknamed "The Rides of March," TXHW features 8 days of incredible riding and stunning scenery in Texas Hill Country. For 2017 we're returning some old favorites and adding many new variations. You can register online, by phone, or by mail. Entry fees and online registration are available now. Early registrants can get on board for as low as $99 with our a la carte registration program.
Returning at Texas Hell Week in 2017 are our brevets, including a 200K on Monday, a 200K and 300K on Wednesday, and 200K/300K on Friday. See the Brevets page for more information.
Texas Hell Week routinely brings in hundreds of cyclists from all over the US, Canada and beyond. Our philosophy of Hell Week is that riding is the first and foremost activity, regardless of one's speed or endurance on the bike. Thus, it is no surprise that Hell Week attracts riders of all skill levels, all with the same basic goal: to have fun. It makes little difference if you've ridden 3000 miles by March, or are just dusting off the bike for the first time.
The camaraderie you will find at Hell Week is the thing that will linger the longest in your memories of the event. Don't be surprised if you find yourself keeping touch with other Hell Weekers throughout the year.
Routes are challenging, but not overly difficult. On average, our century routes have between 4000 and 5000 feet of vertical climbing on each route. Texas Hill Country features countless short, steep hills that when taken cumulatively can be just as demanding as riding in the mountains.
Travel: If you are flying to Texas, you can fly into either Austin (90 miles east) or San Antonio (80 miles southeast). Rental cars are available at both locations. You may also link to bus lines that will take you to Fredericksburg (ask your travel agent for more information). Past Hell Weekers have shared rental car expenses, and car-pooled from the airport to Fredericksburg.
If you plan to ship your bike to Fredericksburg, you must make your own arrangements with the post office, UPS, your place of lodging, or Hill Country Bicycle Works. We cannot be responsible for your bike.
Weather: Bring a good supply of sunscreen, or plan on buying it in Fredericksburg. The March sun is very intense in Texas, and riders routinely get savage tans (and sometimes burns). Normal highs and lows for the period are low- to mid-70s by day, and mid-40s by night. Sunrise is at about 7:00 a.m., while sunset is at about 7:00 p.m. Some variability in the weather is normal; we may have some cool days, while we almost always have at least one day at or above 90-degrees. Come prepared for anything.
Route Profiles & Data
- Ride 11th-18th March 2017
- HQ: Sunset Inn, 900 S. Adams
- Check in Fri 4-9; Sat 7:30-9
- Late checkin-in at Room 118
- Rides start at 9am daily
- Three distances each day (90-105, 60-70, 40-55)