Pre-Ride Reconnaissance  


TCCRA Race #

Pre-Race Recon of Shiloh Ridge, in Alto, Texas


Date:  07 APR 02


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 TCCRA Race Schedule here.


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Here is a picture of the camp area and the start, and those jumps along the main road.


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Track length & notes:             

   Update: it rained an inch or so after we left on Saturday.

               Loose the hard terrain tires.

 8.34 Miles for the main track,  

    About 1.5 for the Pee Wee track   

     Experts ride  first,         

      Showers available. 

         Concession Stand out front

         And don't  forget that  they've moved the start time for  the Pee  Wee  race up an hour.



Alright. Here's how I got there. From Dallas, I take 175 south / east.   Keep goin' on through Gun Barrel City, on through Athens, down to Jacksonville. Continue to follow 175 through Jacksonville, but pay attention and follow the signs for 175. As you get into town 175 makes a kind of sharp right turn into downtown, and heads straight on through town. ( however, I did notice a new section of road, that may be open by race weekend that connects 175 to 69 here, before  175 turns south ) After you turn south, Hwy 69 is about three blocks east ( to your left ) and runs parallel to 175. So you can cross over on Lincoln St, or Lawrence St, or Pine or Woodrow...whatever make a left somewhere, get over to 69 South.  Or wait till you get down to where 175 ends at 79 & turn left there to get over to 69 south. Then take 69 south on through Rusk, then about 9 miles ( maybe a little more ) to CR 2416. You'll see a power sub-station off to the right and there's a White Step van with a big arrow on it...turn right there. Follow the road 'till it comes to a Tee. Turn right & that road will dead end into the gate.   Expect about a two & a half hour trip, from the center of the  Metroplex. I measured 125 miles from I635 and  175.


GPS     31 Deg   39.74  N

            95 Deg   05.92  W

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    Well, when the Patman Racing track inspection crew arrived here at the Shiloh Ridge cycle park on Saturday, it had not yet rained, and the soil conditions were near perfect!!  I'll tell ya right now though, the track is gonna have a bit more "woods sections" than we had back at Jacksboro.  The good news is, that it won't be so tight as to be classified as an Enduro Loop. And there wont be any need for those hard terrain tires either.  The promoter has graciously removed the swamp area from last year, and during The Patman Inspection, we thought one of the "new cut" tight sections may present some bottlenecks so he rerouted there also. There don't seem to be as many nasty hills as last year, there are however, plenty of straights, & passing areas as well as some nice bermed turns in the trail that will keep the fun factor high. That's not to mention, lots of mid-trail pop-up  jumps.

   The start looks to be the same as last year with the uphill, wide, right hand sweeper that squeezes into a downhill jump with a quick right at the bottom, then through a small mud puddle, and off you go. David ( the promoter ) has worked hard to keep the soft and muddy areas out of this one, and has made an effort to give alternate lines around the biggest hill and access trails to the back parts of the pee-wee track all aimed at making it easy on us.  You can see some of last year's track, but we use very little of it, so it shouldn't be boring to you guys. All in all, with the improvements David's made, it might be pretty darn fun. Many people have said "this is a fun place to ride" and the facilities are  civilized as well. Depending on what you're used too.  I kinda like the area myself.  As this place is also a riding park, it has many trails that are well broken in and wide enough for a fourwheeler.  

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    The Camp area is nice and grassy.  Fairly smooth, and plenty big.

 I don't think the track crosses the road through the camp area many times so that will make it a little safer. But folks please watch your kids, I see the little ones out there unattended so often, and quite often it results in injury. The pee Wee track is in the same general area as the one from last year, on the north side of the camp area. 

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Spectator Rating The entire property has dirt roads that go here & there so getting out on the four wheeler, to do some watching or photography is generally not a problem  
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 There are a couple of small hotels in Jacksonville,and some in Rusk as well, but Alto itself is kinda small & I didn't see any on my trip through.


Southern Motor Inn, Highway 69, Rusk, TX 75785, (903-683-2688)
Weston Inn & Suites, Highway 69 N, Rusk, TX 75785, (903-683-8383)
There's also a Holiday inn express on the south side of Jacksonville,
Holiday Inn, 1848 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766, (903-589-8500)

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Hours of Operation


Well these folks have a web site of their own, so click here to zip over & check it out !