My favorite rides: Hill Country 600k

The Hill Country 600k is an ultracycling race put on by RAO and RAAM race director, George Thomas in March. The start is in Helotes, TX, west of San Antonio. All but a few miles are on quiet, rural roads with beautiful scenery. There’s a shocking (for those not familiar with the Texas Hill Country) amount of climbing. Best of all you can still get in on the fun for 2011.

Dist: 375 mi / 600 km
Ascent: 13422 ft / 4081 m


  • rural roads
  • great scenery
  • challenging climbs
  • well organized, fun event


  • heavy traffic along 4-lane road for about 16 miles near the end of the ride
  • road construction near Sisterdale in 2010 (surely this is finished now)
  • waterway crosses OVER roadway in many locations

Vist the Hill Country 600 website for map, profile and more information about the race.

3 thoughts on “My favorite rides: Hill Country 600k”

  1. Lovely photographs Cathy! I presume you are going to defend your title this year? :) I reckon I could manage the 40 miler … ;)

  2. Ruthie, is that 40 miles biking or 40 miles running? There will be shorter options this year. The race director was down scoping out the routes last week. I won’t be defending my title. I’m riding in a different division. And, if rumors of the women’s solo field are true, there will be a new record on March 14, under 24 hours!

  3. Cathy,
    I stumbled upon this website today, and enjoyed reading a couple of your articles before realizing that we attended college together 25 years ago. Keep up the good work.


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