El Camino - The Texas Gravel Adventure
2018 RIDE IS CANCELLED
Fellow riders: The El Camino205 will not be held in 2018 for a variety of reasons. Anyone who has already registered will receive a full refund from the registration company. We will be keeping the maps from the 2017 course up on our website so that you and your pals can ride the courses on your own. Please respect private property and take only pictures and leave only tire prints.
Tired of the 9-5, working for the man? Need to get out in nature? If so, you are sane! The Piney Woods offers new places to ride, share good times with pals, and experience very little traffic. Palestine, Texas, our host town for the Camino205, is a great headquarters for your adventure!
FREE BEER at registration and after the ride courtesy of Ben E. Keith Distributors.
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin
Camino routes have miles of beautiful gravel roads, shaded by trees, music provided by streams and birds, and hardly a car to be seen. We have spent many hours sourcing the freshest routes for your riding enjoyment. But be prepared for self-sufficiency, your companions are 'possums and hawks, there ain't no Denny's Diner for 100 miles!
Our cycling routes traverse the old Spanish Camino Real, memorialized at Mission Tejas State Park. The park was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a re-creation of Mission San Francisco de los Tejas, first established in 1690. Both the 105 and 205 routes have a check-in at Mission Tejas SP.
By popular demand we are adding a 25 mile route as well. Sign up Saturday morning anytime before 8 a.m. at 301 Crawford St.
El Camino has about 7,100 feet of climbing over the 205 mile route. There are frequent short climbs to make things interesting, but it is not impossible for a first time rider. The 105 route has about 4,600 feet of climbing - just enough to make it fun. The 65 even has some climbing too - what goes up...