What the hell is Tour Das Hugel?
A ride to Hell and back. Does anyone have a roadmap to hell or a Garmin file? Das Hugel is at least 110 miles of Austin’s most brutal hills. (Some swear it’s up to 113 miles and climbing varies from 10k-13k, but who is counting?)
While the ride features some notable (and memorable) individual hills with steep gradients, there are also hills and more hills leading to those hills.
Take solace, however, in that most of the hills are very short in length, so this isn’t like many mountain rides with long ascents. The “course” is made up of two loops, one just short of 40 miles that returns to the starting point, before taking off again into the hills to the Mansfield dam and back.
When and Where?
2020 – TBD
Should I ride Das Hugel?
Why shouldn’t I ride Das Hugel?
It’s extremely dangerous. Some of the descents are wickedly fast with winding turns. There’s grooved pavement, traffic, grumpy police, steep grades up that might leave you falling over in your clips, etc. Your doctor would advise against it unless your ticker is in top shape. Your spouse would force you to up your life insurance.
OK, it’s an unforgettable experience. Gorgeous scenery. And everyone is joined in the camaraderie of pain.
Is this a race?
No – ish
Are there any “course markers”?
Used to be, but not anymore. Bring a cue sheet. And for God’s sake, don’t make a wrong turn. It will just be an additional hill to climb.
What if it rains?
See “Why shouldn’t I ride Das Hugel?” above. There is no rain-date make-up. So riders should use common sense and wait for dry pavement, particularly for descents or ascents where you might be doing wheelies. Tip, stay on the saddle if the pavement is wet going up!
What’s the hardest hill?
Beauford. OK, who knows? Everyone has a personal preference.
What’s the most discouraging hill?
That’s a surprise. But let’s just say there’s a big view both ways.
Do I need lights?
They come in handy if the weather is glum for the start. Don’t be such a weight weenie. And if you’re like this writer, they likely will come in handy when you’re still toiling on the course after dark.
What’s with the name?
Hügel is German for hill. We think it should be “Der Hugel,” but “Das” is how it started and “Das” is how it ends.