Pre-Ride Reconnaissance  

Jacksboro II  

TCCRA Race #

Pre-Race Recon of the 4L ranch in Jacksboro, TX


Date:  19 SEP 04


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 TCCRA Race Schedule here.


You can view a Mapquest Map by clicking the Map below, once there, zoom and print as you need to.



Click the radar map below to go the The Weather Channel for this track's weather forecast.




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 Below are some specific area maps, & photos. 


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Camp Area.

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Remember this start? Think of it backwards.

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And this downhill?

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Well, now we'll go up it, and it looks like this.

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And there's this.



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  OK I Didn't make it out to the track last week, but feel free to browse this report from last year.





 From The northern parts of the metroplex, try 35 north to Denton, then 380 west. Of course you could take 114 west to Bridgeport, then 380 west. And I understand that the 287 / 81 north  thing works out well to get up to 380 also. As does 199 out of Ft Worth.  Once 380 gets close to Jacksboro, ya gotta make a little right hand jog ( 380 and 281 share the asphalt for a couple of miles into the town ) then straight on through town, onto 281 / 114  north / west. The entrance to the track is about 5 miles north west ( on 281 / 114 ) of where 380 turns left ( west ) off of 281 downtown.        Now here's the deal.   If you look at the map below, you'll see that you could get into the track area a couple of ways, but you might wanna just go on to Lowrance Rd., and turn right. Then about a quarter of a mile on your left take the gravel rd.  After you cross the cattle guard, there is a pretty steep hill. Jim says that you shouldn't have any problem makin' the hill even if you're in a big rig, but to be safe, I'd say to get on the pipe at the cattle guard, & keep your drive goin' on up the hill. But be careful, there's a pretty sharp break-over at the top.  There will be a "hill monitor" there, so if ya get stuck, just blow your horn, & they'll come get ya with the tractor. They wont be stopping anyone for a gate fee, until you're well past the hill, so everyone should be able to keep a good flow up it.

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This is not a new track. We ran it last year, and I think another organization ran it over the winter.  The length is gonna be around 8 miles, and it aint gonna be easy. Slippery, dusty, hardpack,  with loose rocks, in decreasing radius turns.  Which is what a regular turn is when you run it backwards. Jim says that it'll be challenging, enough to keep ya interested, but it wasn't designed to be so tough as to not be fun.  No water crossings, so at least you wont get muddy. Tough there was just a touch of standing water out there from recent rains.  And just to keep things movin', he's installed a half mile of open straight for you speed demons in the first half mile of the track. It was the start last year. As it is this year, only backwards, as I said. 

There are buried loose rocks. Longest start line we've ever had, in a big flat open field.  Hardpack with silt .  The rain ruts in the downhills, of which there are about three, will want control of your front tire, don't relinquish it, you'll skin your elbow...in the loose rocks.  The long downhill from last year is the long uphill this year...with loose rocks. There's a long gravel road about 1/8th mile from the start made up of...well,  gravel, which is...loose rocks. At the end of it, there is a left hand turn, off camber, and over a steel pipe, be careful here or you'll bust your ass. Jim says he's movin' that line, but be aware just in case.


 I rode the whole track on a fourwheeler, with no problem with trees that wouldn't let me through.  At the time I rode it, the jersey tear factor was extremely high, as the brush had overgrown the track considerably. Jim was out there to tell me that they would have it all cut back by race day. But I'd wear my crappy jersey on practice though.  

Be careful on your first lap.  Be careful on your first lap. Be careful on your first lap.  Wear your body armor.  Intermediate to hard tire.


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Camping  I've heard estimates that it takes about 40 to 60 acres of land to provide us with a good camp spot, & Jim says that he got about a hundred. With grass ( sorta) and most of it's mowed. And Jeremy said that when he was mowin' that he killed two Rattle snakes...just thought you'd wanna know.  Don't forget to bring your bug spray. There aren't any big Oaks or Pines, but if ya like Mesquite trees...well you know. Bring your own shade.     
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Spectator Rating Well more good news here, this is probably one of the most accessible tracks we've ridden on, so you can bring the fourwheeler, & get to just about anywhere to watch your hero...or tow him back to camp. There are quite a few roads, but only a few road crossings but please be careful.
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There are a couple of small hotels in Jacksboro,


Butterfield Depot Motel, 544 N Main St, Jacksboro, TX 76458, (940-567-5567)
Fort Richardson Motel, 624 S Main St, Jacksboro, TX 76458, (940-567-5507)
Jacksboro Inn, 704 S Main St, Jacksboro, TX 76458, (940-567-3751)

I've stayed at the Butterfield and the Jacksboro In , both are OK places. But I understand that there's some family reunion there this weekend so call ahead.


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Hours of Operation

 This is private land so it'll only be open during normal race weekend hours.






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...With flat dusty corners

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   ...And rough downhill off camber lefthanders.




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