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RAT 1000 Self Supported Group Departure for ITT, RAT 1000 mile gravel stage party, & Mini RAT 250. Plan to join us because these will be memories that last forever.
Please note that the expectation is for all riders to adhere to the Traffic Codes for each state that they ride in at all times. Failure to operate bicycles safely and properly can lead to disqualification. Littering can lead to disqualification. Trespassing can lead to disqualification and might also get you shot. Don't do any of these things. More details soon!
Planned RAT Stage Party Distances (subject to modification). This is for the folks who want to travel as a group and gather together at the same overnight location each night.
Stage 1 Saturday 6am Start from Texarkana
140 miles, 2852ft, ends in Paris
Stage 2 Sunday Start TBD
127 miles, 3700ft, ends in Denison
Stage 3 Monday Start TBD
141 miles, 4782ft, ends in Henrietta
Stage 4 Tuesday Start TBD
125 miles, 2330ft, ends in Vernon
Stage 5 Wednesday Start TBD
104 miles, 2417ft, ends in Childress
Stage 6 Thursday Start TBD (please note, this could change to Tulia)
102 miles, 4511ft, ends in Silverton (camping only)
Stage 7 Friday Start TBD
124 miles, 2188ft, ends in Vega
Stage 8 Saturday Start TBD
139 miles, 3333ft, ends in Tucumcari
Self Supported ITT is essentially "Tour Divide" rules. Riders are only allowed to utilize assistance available to the general public under normal business and agency operating conditions. The clock starts as soon as the rider starts and doesn't end until the rider finishes. Live tracking is required as well as publicly available tracking logs. Approved assistance exceptions are typically allowed during Group Depart week from approved "Trail Angels".
Mini RAT is for anyone who wants to follow the RAT route with no expectation of completing the full route. Ride as many (or as few) as fits into your schedule. We have a single weekend route for people who want to pedal back to DFW: Mini RAT Day 1 140 Miles Texarkana to Paris
Mini RAT Day 2 110 miles Paris to Rowlett Train Station.
The Tiny RAT is a 150 mile lollipop from Farmersville to Paris and back which primarily utilizes the NETT. Saturday night overnight in Paris is included which offers the opportunity to socialize with the RAT riders as they come into Paris. Please note, this is not an "easy" ride. 75 miles each day is likely to feel more like 100 on these sections of the NETT. Self navigation capability is EXTREMELY important. We will provide the route but it will not be verified before hand. It is likely that on the fly adjustments to the route may be needed, particularly in the case of inclement weather.