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Austin Rattler MTB

March 31, 2018 | Rocky Hill Ranch

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Start off the season with an amazing mountain bike race — the Austin Rattler MTB, produced by Youphoria Productions. Solo 100K riders can qualify for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB, and we offer two- and three-person relay divisions as well as a 33K distance for those who want to simply enjoy racing, hanging with friends and experiencing one of the best parties to hit the mountain biking scene.

The race starts and finishes at Rocky Hill Ranch headquarters (578 FM 153, Smithville, TX 78957), and the course consists of roughly 50% dirt road and 50% fast, single track with a great flow. This 3-loop, 20.7-mile course starts with a fast 7 miles of dirt roads heading to the north end of the ranch, then continues with some of the sweetest single track in Texas. Riders make their way back to the start, see all their closest friends and family, then hit the loop again. We’ll have loads of aid station support to fuel your ride, and the post-race party will knock your socks off.

There is one aid station at the start/finish area, which is stocked with Gu Energy Gels, Gu Roctane, water, fruit and light snacks. Cutoff times will apply.

> View the course map
Please note: Due to safety restrictions on the course wheelchair participation is not permitted.

• 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Course pre-ride
Rocky Hill Ranch (578 FM 153, Smithville, TX 78957)

• 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration and packet pickup — PHOTO ID REQUIRED
Mellow Johnny's
400 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78704
Get your participant shirt, race plate and answers to all of your race-day questions. Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be given to others.

*All activities take place at Rocky Hill Ranch (578 FM 153, Smithville, TX 78957)
• 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Course pre-ride
Pre-ride the course with Rocky Hill Ranch manager and Austin local Paul Uhl.

• 2:00 p.m. Athlete meeting and Q&A
Race staff will run through final details, last-minute changes, course descriptions and other important information.

• 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration and packet pickup
Get your participant shirt, race plate and answers to all of your race-day questions. Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be given to others.

• 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Short Track race and awards

*All activities take place at Rocky Hill Ranch (578 FM 153, Smithville, TX 78957)
• 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Registration and packet pickup — PHOTO ID REQUIRED
Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be given to others.

• 8:00 a.m. RACE START
Each athlete will self-position at the start line based on ability, with pros and sub-4 hour and 30 minute racers up front. The next group is 4:30-5:30 followed by 5:30-6:30 finishers. PLEASE be honest with your start location as it is a safety measure for all athletes! Space is first-come first-serve. Please do not leave your bike unattended in the start corral.

• 12:00 p.m. Finish Festival begins
Join us for live music, Shiner beer, great grub and even better company.

• 12:40 p.m. Final Lap Cutoff
All riders attempting the third lap must be through the Start/Finish.

• 3:00 p.m. Official Finish Time
Riders must finish by this time to be eligible for the LT100 MTB lottery.

• 3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Join us for live music, great grub and the awards presentation. We'll call up overall and age group winners for their place on the podium, plus we'll give away other random prizes.

Stick around for an announcement to enter your race number (a tab attached to your bib) into the hat for your chance to win a coveted LT100 MTB slot. Winners must be present to claim their spot, which they can utilize this summer or defer to next year. See the LT100 Qualifier Explanation for more info.

*All activities take place at Rocky Hill Ranch (578 FM 153, Smithville, TX 78957)
• 6:00 a.m. First Austin Rattler Run race begins

Participant Swag

2018 Austin Rattler men's participant shirt

All registered participants will receive:

  • T-shirt (gender-specific)
  • Finisher medal
  • Beer
  • Post-race meal

Retail Items

Visit us at the retail tent throughout the weekend to purchase the following items:

  • Retail T-shirts
  • Water bottles
  • Trucker hats
  • And more!

2018 Austin Rattler men's retail shirt

2018 Austin Rattler women's retail shirt


Solo 33K$95
Solo 100K$135
Tandem 100K$245
3-Person 100K Relay$290

Please understand that Austin Rattler does not allow refunds or transfers for all race entries and registration fees unless you have purchased the registration refund coverage option and have a covered reason. If you wish to defer your entry to the 2019 race please understand that your entry will roll over only one year for a charge of $30. All deferments must be confirmed by Youphoria Productions ( at least one week prior to the race.

Leadville Trail 100 MTB qualifying slots will be distributed at the Awards Ceremony. There will be 25-100 slots per qualifying event. Qualifying slot winners MUST BE PRESENT, as the roll-down qualifiers rule will be in effect at each event. All qualifier slots will be awarded and redeemed on race day. You must pay your entry to the LT100 when you accept your slot. You will have the option to register for the current year or the following year's LT100 and must decide when accepting your qualification slot. All entries into the LT100 are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
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LT100 MTB corral/start position
Austin Rattler could not only gain you entry into the LT100 MTB, but it could also boost your corral starting position! Rider starting positions are organized in color-coded corrals. These positions will be based on a finish time from the 2017 (year prior only) LT100 MTB race, a 2017 or 2018 qualifier event finish time, or if you hold a current USCI Pro Elite license. Please enter finish times or license numbers when prompted during the registration process. However, if you race a qualifier after previously gaining entry, you MUST email to inform them of your finish time so you will be placed accordingly. You will not be placed automatically. Corrals will be assigned as follows:

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Check out the 2018 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.
> View the Athlete Guide

    Riding some of the country’s finest trails wouldn’t be possible without support from grassroots organizations like 787 Racing — the 2018 Austin Rattler MTB charity partner. When you donate to 787 during the race registration process 100% of your donation goes toward multi-use trail maintenance and improvements at Buescher State Park located just outside of Smithville.

    About 787 Racing
    We're a grassroots organization of cyclists that are passionate about every element of what cycling brings to our lives and that of others. We believe in having fun on a bike — be it recreational, commuting, training or racing.

    Our goals are to serve our membership in a meaningful way, advance a healthy and responsible lifestyle that includes cycling, share our passion for cycling with each other and our community, embody a positive and desired image for those who support us, and to give back to the community in which we live. Our operations and all objectives are open and will be conducted in the best interests of our members and our supporters. Our membership includes cyclists of all abilities and all ages — our membership is our strength and our value.
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Bike Shop Challenge trophy
Throw together a team of three tough riders to represent your shop at the Austin Rattler MTB. Teams will be given a registration discount of $100 per rider. The team with the lowest combined time from all three riders wins an amazing prize to display in their shop for the next year, along with some serious bragging rights!

Awards will be 3 deep in each division. Age groups are male/female in 10-year increments (19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, etc.). The awards ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes after the official Qualifier cut-off time. If you do not attend you must send a check made out to Youphoria Productions for $15 along with the Awards Form filled out fully to:

Youphoria Productions
Attn: Austin Rattler Awards
340 Mt Yale
Leadville, CO 80461

*Please note that awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season.


  • Fees: Fee for day use is $10 per person, per day. Day use includes mountain biking, hiking, trail running and picnics.
  • Tent camping: Fee for tent camping overnight is $15 per tent, per night. A $10 day use fee per person, per day, also applies. Children ages 12 and under receive free admission.
  • RV camping: To make an RV reservation, please email Pam Hill at with your request. Fee for RV camping overnight is $30 per RV spot, per night. A $10 day use fee per person, per day, also applies. Two new 50Amp and two new 30Amp RV spaces have been added. There are 26 RV spots available.
  • Amenities: Showers and bathrooms are provided for all ranch visitors. Ice and firewood can be purchased at the food trailer.

BASTROP, TX (about 15 minutes away from Rocky Hill Ranch)

(about an hour away from Rocky Hill Ranch)

  • Hotel San Jose 512-444-7322 or 800-8897
  • Austin Hotel 512-441-1157
  • Hyatt Regency 512-477-1234
  • Wyndham Garden 512-448-2444

AUSTIN AIRPORT area (about an hour away from Rocky Hill Ranch)

  • La Quinta Inn 512-386-6800
  • Holiday Inn Express 800-465-4329
  • Courtyard 866-816-8698
  • Microtel Inn and Suites 512-334-4130
  • Super 8 512-334-4130

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Special thanks to our Austin Rattler MTB sponsors.For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team.