Cyclists from across the United States will be arriving in Palestine this week for the Camino 205: The Texas Gravel Adventure.
More than 200 cycling enthusiasts are expected to converge on the Old City of Palestine from Friday September 24 to Sunday September 26 to compete in one of three levels of competition.
This race was established in 2014 as a one-day event and was picked up this year by Alex Montoya with Topview Sports. It was extended to a weekend event, allowing participants to explore the Palestinian community.
Montoya said the competition is aimed at all levels of riders, with an enjoyable option for everyone.
Participants can travel a day or two with route options of 35, 70, and 105 miles each day.
All routes offer varied terrain. There are narrow primitive bridges, potholes, animals, loose gravel, and other dangers. There are short hills and some quite steep.
There will be three rest areas provided as part of a Rest Stop charity contest. Water, sports drinks and basic snacks will be available at each stop.
Riders are responsible for providing their own mechanical support throughout each course. If you are not sure what you should have, please see the pre-race checklist page.
Riders are allowed to have assistance teams available to assist them, but assistance vehicles must use bypass lanes and cannot drive alongside riders on gravel sections.
If you’re looking for a real challenge, you can compete against your peers for two days with the 155 mile options or the Full Camino 205.
Local band Americana Blindpursuit performs for the Camnio 205 crowd and community from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the OxBow Hollow Sawdust stage.
Entrants have the chance to win a $ 1,600 Cantu Cycling Wheelset in the raffle. Tickets are available on Camino’s registration page for $ 5. The winner will be drawn on Saturday evening. You have to be there to win.
For locals wishing to participate, you must register before Thursday September 23. To register, log on to www.thecamino205.com/registration.
Runners are invited to collect their registration form on Friday evening at the start / finish site from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Race day package pickup will open at 6 a.m. in front of the Oxbow Bakery, which is also directly across from the start / finish line. Package pickup closes after the start of the 35 mile group.
For more information, log on to www.thecamino205.com.