Hell of the Southwest Gravel Pursuit

Saturday, 30 Apr, 2016
Start Time:
7:30 AM, 9:00 AM
31 - 104 miles
Hell of the Southwest Gravel PursuitPresented by Performance Consilium Group LLC
The Hell of the Southwest Gravel Pursuit Adventure Event is the annual signature gravel adventure ride and race for Bear Mountain Bike and Outdoor Stores held each Spring, on the last Saturday in April, at the historic Talbert Ranch in China Spring, Texas.  This year the Gravel Pursuit will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016, near Waco, Texas, with courses located in McLennan and Bosque Counties. 

The Bear Mountain Bike Shop and Outdoor Stores and our sponsors will be donating funds to a deserving local charity and two community organizations such as the Waco/McLennan County Chapter of the Testicular Cancer Foundation, the Waco Bicycle Club Bike & Pedestrian Advocacy Program, and Waco Striders Running Club Scholarship Program. We are looking forward to welcome you to this fun event.  We believe our venue will be a great way for you to enjoy some of the best gravel roads and scenery in Central Texas. The Hell of the Southwest offers routes along  beautiful  gravel roads, some shaded by trees, some on sunlit country roads that meander through ranches, by rivers, creeks, and streams. We offer three courses featuring  80-85% gravel roads and 15-20% paved roads. The roads vary in surface condition from good gravel, to small cinder like sand, to dirt, to bigger rock, to some rutted wash out, to chip seal and smooth asphalt pavement. The surface will be everything from tight gravel in lower elevations to larger rock and rutted roads from water runoff and ATV use throughout the course.
Day of Event Parking:
Date: Saturday. April 30, 2016
Location: North side of Talbert Ranch Barn
Upon entering the Talbert Ranch main entrance gate please lower your speed limit to 15 mph.  Stay on designated roadways.  Designated parking will be available at the Talbert Ranch parking area north of the large barn.  Participants are required to follow instructions of event parking staff in designated parking areas and not park at any other location on ranch property. 

Packet Pick up: 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Pre-Ride Food/Drinks: Time: 8:00 – 9:00 pm at the Talbert Ranch Barn.  We will offer coffee hot chocolate, and fast breakfast food items for participants.

Required Rider Meetings:
Date: Saturday. April 30, 2016 
Ultra Pursuit Route: Time: 7:00 – 7:25 a.m.
All other Pursuit Routes: Time: 8:30 – 8:50 a.m.

Pursuit Ride Start Times:
Date: Saturday. April 30, 2016 
104 Mile The Beast Ultra Gravel Pursuit Start Time: 7:30 a.m.
71 Mile Rattle Snake Gravel Pursuit Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
57 Mile Coyote Pass Gravel Pursuit Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
31 Mile Jackrabbit Run Gravel Pursuit Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

Route Closures:
All routes will close at 6:00 pm. 

All riders must be at finish line by 6:00 pm or will be transported by SAG support to finish line at that time.

Post Ride Party & Catered Meal:
Serving Time: 12:30 – 6:30 pm
Location: Talbert Ranch Barn
Ride Fees
Start Time
The Beast 104 Mile Ultra Distance Gravel Pursuit7:30 AM
The Rattle Snake 71 Mile Gravel Pursuit Course9:00 AM
57 Mile Coyote Pass Pursuit9:00 AM
31 Mile Jackrabbit Run Gravel Pursuit Course9:00 AM
Course Maps
All course maps will be released one week prior to event on April 23, 2016.
Terms & Conditions
  • Respect ranch and private property you pass through.
  • Leave no trace. Pick up all your litter.
  • Stay on the roadways and never trespass on private property.
  • Do not feed, play with, or bother livestock….they aren’t your pets and ranchers don’t like you foolin’ with their animals.
  • Be nice to others…and please don’t be an ass!
  • For gosh sakes....this is a family event, don’t pee or defecate along roadways…be courteous to others. Go find a darn tree or bush to hide behind if you have what Iceman calls a PNB (personal nature break).
  • Watch for wildlife and don’t feed, play with, or bother them either.
  • Stop and help another participant if they are injured or having a problem…remember what comes around, goes around.
  • Ride Your Bike, Have Fun, Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
  • If you aren’t having fun….Just stop!
  • Final Considerations: We cannot express and stress enough that you are responsible for yourself and we do not have the ability to give you a ride if you decide you cannot go on. There are shorter distances, and easier ways to get back to the race headquarters from each small town or our two aid stations if you ddecide or not wish to carry on. But your choice to dropout means you still must find a ride or way back if you should decide to bail. This is another reason we strongly suggest you carry your map and official cue sheet. With all this being said, please prepare wisely and make good personal decisions. Please remember we are visitors on theses roads and in the towns we pass through. Represent your sport well so we can come back. Be courteous to the vehicle drivers and property owners.