Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Last Race Updates

Weather: Be prepared for a little cold and rain during your ride. We will be racing Saturday unless there is an extreme amount of rain. Underdown trails can take moisture and we have run successful races after a downpour the night before. Rain that is sustained for many hours could cause the race to be shortened, but all the weather report really means is that we'll have to cut more fire wood.

Fastest Lap: The fastest male lap in the 12 hour race and the fastest female in the longest race entered by females receive a new jersey from the Red Eye.

Class winners get the growlers. Pints to 2nd and 3rd.

6 Hour Course: The 6 hour course will use the shorter trail F instead of V. One of you guys had better finish 6 laps now.

Marking: Remote areas of the course are flagged already. Road areas will be signed Thursday and Friday. Leaves will be blown off Friday too.

Group Ride Sunday: 9AM on some of the trails the race doesn't touch like LL, V, and M.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


I went out at race pace to see how long the course would take. This should give some kind of estimate to anyone who's been in a race with me lately. -- Schotz

12 hour course : 1:09:32
6 hour course : 1:02
3 hour course : about 43 minutes

Saturday, September 12, 2009

12 Hour Race Course

Trails Z, B, C, D, then a fast double track short cut from ths start of trail E to Horn Lake Road. A fast run down Horn Lake Road leads to trails T, TT,U, Y, shortcut to F, G, H, I, J, K, KK, A.

This route will only be used this year to take a little time off of the lap using 3 big shortcuts around trail U. This is the only course that climbs the 110' Oktoberfest hill or trail Y.

It just took me about an hour and a half to ride this course in the dark at a pretty good pace with some stops to pick up sticks. With improvements and shortcuts, I'd guess that this course will be about 15 minutes quicker than last year's course. Last year's fastest lap was a 1:28:51 by Ryan Roeser. I'll ride a lap full out in daylight this week to compare courses.

6 Hour Race Course

Trails Z, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, KK, & A

About 9 miles - the only course this year to use the squeeze trees on trail E.

3 Hour Race Course

Trail Z, B, & C, then trail X (the tight twisted cutoff trail)
Merge at Trail G,then trails H, I, J, K, KK & A

5 or 6 miles - a great test of skills on technical, tight turns and hills 50 to 70 vertical feet.