About The Big Bend Open Road Race
U.S 285 Course Notes

Course notes for 2017, Ft. Stockton to Sanderson and return.

* Please note that these course notes are based on the 2016 race.

You will notice that there are no mileage markers listed on our course notes. When we did the survey, the mileage markers were being re-done as part of the continued maintenance on U.S. 285. There is a real possibility that they won't be in place until after the race. It is highly recommended that you do your own survey and note reference markers that work for you.

Please remember that the Big Bend Open Road Race is called “One of the Most Exciting Open Road Races In the World” for a reason. In the last 50 miles leading to Sanderson there are 59 turns, some blind, a great many elevation changes, and two lanes that turn into four lanes that turn back into two lanes. These are Texas roads - wide and smooth with wide shoulders. There is an old saying in open road racing, “keep it between the white lines”. Good advice.

Enjoy!

2011 Course Calculation Sheet for download.

TERMS
Sweeper -- A long, fast turn
Bend -- A short, fast turn
Turn -- Short, but slow
Corner -- Slow and long

MILE MARKER MILES TURN SPEED DESCRIPTION NOTES
SOUTHBOUND LEG
N 30 50. 862  S 102 51.103 (on west shoulder of road)
GPS 0705444E, 3414709N
425.9       Road closed at Mockingbird Lane  
427.15 0.0     STARTING LINE (3,080 ft elevation) Gate on left
  0.9 1R   Right hand sweeper into long straight  
  2.2     Rough spot  
  3.3 2L   Left hand sweeper into very long straight  
  7.7     Six Shooter Draw Bridge  
  8.2 3R   Slight bend to the right  
  8.4     Bridge (culvert)  
  10.3     Rough in left lane  
  10.5     Blind hill - straight  
  12.0 4L   Left hand corner - up hill - thru cut and down to short straight Four lanes wide
  12.8 5R   Right hand corner, down hill Three lanes back to two
  13.1     Bridge  
  14.6 6L   Left hand sweeper - then uphill to - Three lanes wide
  15.1 7R   Blind right hand turn over crest into downhill straight Watch out! - narrows to two lanes
  16.2 8R   Right hand bend to very short straight  
  16.6 9R   Right hand bend  
  17.6 10L   Left hand turn uphill into short straight  
  17.9 11L   Blind left hand turn over hill into immediate -  
  18.2 12R   Right hand turn downhill into very short straight Caution
  18.5 13R   Right hand bend - downhill  
  19.0 14L   Left hand corner downhill into blind exit  
  19.8 15L   Left hand bend - downhill  
  20.9     Nineteen Draw Bridge with a blind rise Rough surface on bridge
  22.0 16R   Slight right hand bend into very short straight  
  22.3 17R   Right hand bend - slight uphill with Monument Draw Bridge at start Rough surface on bridge
  23.3 18L   Slight left hand bend - Mitchell Road on left  
  24.7     Marsh Lea Ranch on left  
  25.6 19R   Right hand corner - slight upgrade  
  25.9     Blind uphill into straightaway  
  27.2     Cerf Ranch on left  
  27.7 20R   Blind right hand sweeper over crest - long  
  29.3 21L   Left hand sweeper with elevation changes - Escondido Draw Bridge ¾ of the way thru Dip at end of bridge
  30.6     Blind crest in straight - elevator ride! Look ahead
  31.7     Blind crest in straight - very quick to next turn  
  32.0 22L   Left hand corner thru cut - Blind exit down hill into very short straight Look ahead - three lanes
  32.4 23L   Left hand bend downhill into immediate - Roadside park on left - narrows to two lanes
  32.7 24R   Right hand bend - into immediate -  
  33.0 25L   Left hand turn with blind exit with slight rise into straight  
  35.6 26R   Right hand bend into very short straight  
  36.0 27L   Left hand sweeper with blind exit  
  36.6     Big Canyon Bridge Rough bridge surface
  37.0 28R   Right hand turn into immediate Double sweeper
  37.2 29R   Right hand turn with blind exit  
  38.2 30L   Very slight left bend  
  38.8 31R   Right hand turn downhill with blind exit - to short straight  
  39.4 32R   Right hand bend to short straight  
  39.8     Middle Fork Bridge Rough bridge surface
  40.0 33L   Left hand turn to short straight  
  40.6     Sign - Sanderson 20 miles on right  
  41.1 34R   Long right hand corner with uphill rise  
  42.4 35L   Left hand turn - slight down hill  
  42.8     Clark Place Draw Bridge Warning! Approaching Quick Blind Corners
  43.8 36L   Long left hand corner uphill into very short straight Three lanes wide
  44.2 37R   Right hand corner through cut into Four lanes wide
  44.4 38L   Blind left hand corner downhill, long  
  45.0 39L   Slight left hand bend into - Back to two lanes
  45.2 40R   Long right hand corner - through cut - Caution very long - into short straight Three lanes wide
  45.6     FM 2400 Junction on left  
  45.8 41L   Left hand turn uphill and over into Four lanes
  46.0 42R   Slight right hand bend into short downhill straight Be prepared; three lanes
  46.4 43R   Right hand corner into short straight  
  47.1 44L   Left hand corner - long Three lanes at entrance, narrows to two in turn
  48.0     Ranch house on right Left lane rough
  48.7 45L   Slight left hand bend Left lane rough
  49.4 46R   Blind right hand corner downhill into long straight Look up
  49.9     Terrell County Sign Pavement changes
  50.1     Downie Draw Bridge Rough bridge surface
  50.8     Sign - Sanderson 10 miles  
  51.4 47L   Left hand corner uphill with a very late apex to exit, into very short straight Three lanes
  51.8 48L   Left hand sweeper, through cut, downhill - almost joins next turn to make a double left Widens to four lanes
  52.2 49L   Left hand turn, into very short straight Three lanes, tighter than previous sweeper
  52.5 50R   Right hand corner downhill, blind exit, into -  
  52.7 51L   Long left hand corner still downhill into Two lanes at exit
  53.2 52R   Right hand corner into short straight  
  53.7 53L   Left hand corner  
  54.2 54R   Right hand bend  
  54.9 55R   Slight right hand bend into very short straight  
  55.3 56L   Left hand turn into short straight  
  55.9 57R   Long right hand corner  
  56.5     Bridge  
  57.4 58R   Right hand turn - bridge just past exit - into immediate Caution
  57.7 59R   Right hand corner Caution - slower than previous turn!
  58.2 60L   Left hand sweeper - then head to finish line  
488.3 59.0     FINISH LINE (2,885 ft elevation),
GPS 0749705E, 3340148N
Very short shutdown distance
        Yellow flag Slow down
488.9       Red Flag - Cones and Waving Red Flag Obey Speed Limit. Go into town and park at County Court House. You will be given instructions for return to re-start line.
MILE MARKER MILES TURN SPEED DESCRIPTION NOTES
        NORTHBOUND LEG
N 30 10.026  W 102 24.421(on east shoulder of road)
GPS 0749705E, 3340148N
 
488.9       Road Closed  
488.3 0.0     STARTING LINE (2,885 ft elevation) Rodeo Arena Driveway on left
  0.6 60R   Right hand sweeper into short straight  
  1.1 59L   Left hand corner goes into immediate -  
  1.4 58L   Left hand sweeper, bridge just before entrance  
  2.5     Bridge  
  2.8 57L   Long left hand corner into short straight  
  3.5 56R   Right hand turn into very short straight  
  3.9 55L   Slight left hand bend  
  4.7 54L   Left hand turn  
  5.1 53R   Right hand corner uphill into short straight  
  5.7 52L   Left hand corner uphill into immediate  
  5.9 51R   Long right hand corner uphill into immediate Three lanes wide
  6.4 50L   Left hand corner uphill to very short straight  
  6.7 49R   Right hand turn approaching double cut into immediate Be careful; 4 lanes at exit
  6.9 48R   Blind right hand sweeper thru double cut into very short straight Narrows to 3 lanes
        Caution: Begin steep downhill  
  7.4 47R   Right hand downhill corner into long straight Caution
  8.8     Downie Draw Bridge Rough bridge surface
  9.1     Pecos County Line Pavement change
  9.4 46L   Left hand corner, uphill Caution
  10.1 45R   Slight right hand bend Right lane rough
  11.0     Ranch house on left Right lane rough
  11.5 44R   Long right hand corner uphill -into short straight Widens to 3 lanes
  12.5 43L   Left hand corner to steep uphill with blind crest  
  13.0 42L   Slight blind left hand bend to immediate  
  13.1 41R   Right turn over crest into short straight Watch out!; 4 lanes, narrows to 3 at exit
  13.3     Highway FM2400 on right  
  13.5 40L   Long left hand corner thru cut into - Narrows to 2 lanes at exit
  14.0 39R   Slight right bend Three lanes wide
        Three Turn Series  
  14.3 38R   Right hand corner thru cut downhill into Four lanes wide
  14.6 37L   Left hand corner into very short straight Narrows to 3 lanes at exit
  15.0 36R   Long right hand corner downhill into straightaway  
  16.2     Clark Place Draw Bridge Rough bridge surface
  16.5 35R   Right hand turn uphill  
  17.6 34L   Blind left hand corner downhill - tight - to short straight  
  18.9 33R   Right hand turn to short straight  
  19.1     Middle Fork Big Canyon Bridge Rough bridge surface
  19.5 32L   Left hand bend to short straight  
  20.0 31L   Left hand turn uphill  
  20.7 30R   Very slight right bend  
  21.0     Windmill on right  
  21.5 29L   Blind left hand turn at end of straight - to immediate #29 & 28 almost like one turn
  21.9 28L   Left hand turn  
  22.3     Big Canyon Bridge Rough bridge surface
  22.7 27R   Right hand sweeper into very short straight  
  23.2 26L   Left hand bend into straight  
  25.4     Blind crest - straight  
  25.9 25R   Right hand turn - into immediate  
  26.1 24L   Left hand bend uphill into immediate Roadside park on right at exit
  26.5 23R   Right hand bend - steep uphill - into very short straight Three lanes wide
  26.8 22R   Blind right hand corner - narrows thru cut on exit  
  28.0     Blind crest - straight Four lanes wide
  28.3     Blind crest into narrowing road Two lanes wide
  29.3 21R   Long right hand sweeper - Escondido Draw Bridge shortly after entrance Dip on entrance
  30.7 20L   Long left hand sweeper uphill - exit over crest  
  31.1     Crest near exit  
  31.8     Cerf Ranch on right  
  33.0 19L   Left hand corner  
  34.2     Marsh Lea Ranch on right  
  35.5 18R   Slight right hand bend Mitchell Road on right
  36.6 17L   Left hand bend over Monument Draw Bridge into very short straight Rough bridge surface
  36.9 16L   Slight left bend  
  38.1     Nineteen Draw Bridge Rough bridge surface
  38.6     Bunger Cameron Ranch on right  
  39.1 15R   Right hand bend  
  39.7 14R   Long right hand corner uphill  
  40.4 13L   Left hand bend into very short straight  
  40.8 12L   Short left hand turn uphill into immediate  
  41.0 11R   Blind right hand turn into short straight  
  41.3 10R   Right hand turn  
  42.3 9L   Left hand bend to very short straight  
  42.7 8L   Left hand bend  
  43.6 7L   Left hand turn up and over hill - into very short straight Four lanes wide, narrows to 3 after exit
  44.1 6R   Right hand sweeper downhill Look up!, 2 lanes after exit
  45.9 5L   Left hand corner up steep hill - to short straight Three lanes wide
  46.6 4R   Blind right hand corner out of cut - long Four lanes wide
  47.0       Back to two lanes
  48.2     Blind crest thru cut - straight  
  48.7     Rough in right lane  
  50.6     Bridge (culvert)  
  50.7 3L   Blind slight left bend - to very long straight  
  51.3     Six Shooter Draw Straight  
  51.7     Sign - Ft. Stockton 10 miles  
  55.3 2R   Right hand sweeper - slight uphill - into long straight  
  56.7     Rough spot  
  57.8 1L   Left hand sweeper into finish line straight heading home  
427.15 59.0     FINISH LINE (3,080 ft elevation), GPS 0705444E, 3414709N Gate on right
        Yellow Flag Slow down
        Red Flag Observe posted speed limit
        Please go to Rooney Park for interview and viewing area.