Raul Alcala Challenge / Gran Fondo - Brownsville TX

Century, Half Century

Event Date

Sun, Aug 23, 2015


Brownsville, TX


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Cycling-Century - Individual Challenge

$60 $60 Closed

Cycling-Half Century - Individual Challenge

$60 $60 Closed

About This Activity


Come and ride in a control pace “PELOTON” and feel like you are in the Tour de France!!

 This is the First annual Raul Alcala Challenge / Gran Fondo Brownsville on August 23rd 2015, the first hosted in Brownsville TX and in the US.

The Raul Alcala Challenge / Gran Fondo Brownsville showcases the Mexican – American border site and the Historical Downtown Brownsville, the course is on the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the stunning beauty of best Texan beach on the Gulf of Mexico at South Padre Island.

While the route is flat, distance, heat and wind provides ample challenges.


It’s a RIDE not a RACE!



 This is the first time a bike ride or event crosses the SPI causeway twice in same day, stunning views of the water from the top of the bridge on both directions, so come and join us on this new experience. The bridge will have only one lane closed on both directions the riders need to be crossing the casuseway not later than 9:30am and on the way back by 11:30am.


2015 Raul Alcala Gran Fondo / Challenge in Brownsville – The first inaugural Gran Fondo in the RGV area is hosted in Historic Brownsville, we are expecting about 1000 + riders, riding the two distances in hot weather conditions. While the course is completely flat, trade winds and hot Gulf sun added two unique challenging elements for all event participants.

Raul Alcala Gran Fondo / Challenge “The First Gran Fondo in Texas Paradise” riders had the choice between the 100mi / 160km “long route” and the 60mi / 96km “medium route”. Both routes started and finished in the heart of Downtown Brownsville, this is the first time a bike ride or event crosses the causeway twice in same day.

Recharge batteries and water at the pit stops along the route.

Everyone will enjoy riding in the spectacular paced Peloton through a course in a beautiful sunny weather with temperatures reaching 35C/95F. Riders will travel from all over Texas, California, Las Vegas, and Mexico. 

Raul Alcala Challenge/Gran Fondo is well organized and has been hosted in different cities in Mexico; The legend Miguel Indurain will be joining the ride in Morelos, Mexico on Sunday September 6 2015. We are getting full support from local, regional and state government, City of Brownsville, South Padre Island, Rancho Viejo, Port Isabel, Los Fresnos and San Benito.


If you leave in any of the cities above come out cheer and support the riders on the "PELOTON" while riding by your area.

Everyone will be treated like a PRO for this day!



Entry Fee includes:

  • Bike Jersey
  • Custom designed medals when finish route
  • Cyclist goodie Bag
  • Rest Stops
  • Mechanical Support
  • Medical Support
  • After Party
  • Major Intersection with Traffic Controlled
  • Police and/or Constable will lead the way
  • More

* Save Time and Money registering on time, registration cost will change when closer to the date.

Event details and schedule


Ride begins at 7:00am

 Support will be available throughout the course, please bring your own water bottles. Electrolytes, water and snacks will be provided at all stops along the route.

 The route will be open to cars, we will have Police and/or Constables leading the way with other Official vehicles, so we encourage everyone to ride on the right lane keeping up with the group and keeping your space and respecting each other, the pace will be controlled by Raul Alcala and other Cyclists. When arriving to Port Isabel the Peloton will continue riding up the bridge with no stopping on the bridge until you get to rest stop at Schlitterbahn parking lot. The bridge will have only the right lane closed to traffic so cyclist will have the right away on the right side of the bridge.

 Parking will be available at the event site, please follow the posted signs.


Cyclists from all over will take on a 100-Mile route from Downtown Brownsville (TBD) to South Padre Island and back. This is a RIDE not a Race but each other will be challenging themselves, in a personal endurance challenge; the challenge is the distance, heat and wind.

The 60-Mile ride is on the same day and time, and part of the same route as the 100-Mile.  All participants will cross the 2.5 mile Causeway to South Padre Island with a rest stop at Schlitterbahn Park parking lot.

 Participants on the 60-Mile route will leave Schlitterbahn to cross the Causeway back to Port Isabel and take Highway 100 to Los Fresnos and back to Historic Downtown Brownsville. (TBD)

 The 100-mile after Schlitterbahn rest stop will continue on a tour around South Padre Island and coming back to cross the Causeway to Port Isabel, we need to cross the bridge before 11:30am.

 We will continue the route on Highway 100 to Laguna Vista FM-510 making a right turn going to Bayview following scenic 510 to US 77 in San Benito making a left to come back to Rancho Viejo and back to Brownsville.

Check out maps for more details of the route.



Package Pick up is a great opportunity to meet with Raul Alcala and other cyclists, make new friends.

Package includes bike jersey, ride number, map with route and more.

It’s MANDATORY to wear the event jersey the day of event.

 All riders must check in at Package Pick up at (TBD) 

Pick up hours - Saturday from 10am to 4pm





Brownsville has direct flights from many major Texas cities and from Las Vegas. Harlingen is our neighbor city 28 miles and also has direct flights from major cities. Both Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport and Valley International Airport will be happy to welcome you for the event.



While there are many hotels you can stay at in Brownsville or South Padre Island Raul Alcala Challenge/Gran Fondo has chosen some of the best and most accommodating hotels for this event, we could help making the right choice. There is a Host Hotel for every budget and all special needs.

There are also VACATION RENTALS, Condominiums or houses at the Island that you can rent for 3 days, a week or a month.


* Specific ride related schedules/times and information will be distributed, via e mail, to all registered participants about 10 days prior to the event.


We’ll be happy to answer any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Raul Alcala Challenge/Gran Fondo at www.granfondo.mx/Brownsville



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