If you're looking for a fun, low-key endurance event on a super-fun course, consider the 24 Hours of Whiskeytown or the WhiskeytownNine to Five.
24 Hrs. of Whiskeytown / Whiskeytown Nine to Five
This is a long-time favorite event among NorCal endurance racers. Everything about is is cool---the course, the venue, the people! If you've never done this one you owe it to yourself to come out and find out why some racers do it year after year.VENUE: You'll love it, the people. The venue is the NEED Camp, a cute facility right on Clear Creek. with nice lawn pit area, real bathrooms AND showers, paved parking and and bunk houses that you and your crew can rent for Friday and/or Saturday night.
COURSE: The trail system within the Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area (12 miles west of Redding) is FANTASTIC! Most of the singletrack trails were dug by hand during the 1850's Gold Rush era. Few places in the world have this much flowing singletrack. Racers have loved our course for years---some have described as "the best parts of the Lemurain" ---and this year's course will be even better! Instead of taking the Shasta Mine Trail the course will stay on the Clear Creek Canal Trail, which is longer, twistier and more fun! We haven't used this trail before because of one nasty section affectionately known as "The Ditch of Death," but that section has been reworked and is now completely ridable. The course will be about 8.5 miles long with about 1450' of climbing.
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SCHEDULE: 8 Hour is 9am to 5pm on Saturday, Oct. 5
The 24 Hours is 9:00am Saturday Oct. 5 to 9:00am Sunday, Oct. 6
TEAM / SOLO CATEGORIES: 1)Beginner 2)Sport 3)Expert 4)Pro 5)Male Jr(age17&<) 6)Master (age 40+) 7)Super Master (age 50+) 8)Super Duper Master (age 60+)
9)Women Jr.(age 17& under 10) Women Beginner 11) Women Sport 12) Women Expert/Pro
13) Mixed (at least one woman) 14)Clydesdale (each rider 200lb+) 15)Tandem (2 entries) 16)Unicycle 17) Singlespeed 18)Singlespeed Women NOTE: Category is determined by the highest ranked team member: For instance, a 4-rider team with only 1 expert will still race in the expert category. For age categories (Jr., Master, etc.) all team members must be within that age category.
START / FINISH: The start/finish is in the NEED Camp . ONLY LAPS COMPLETED by 5pm for the 8hour or 9:00am for the 24 Hour will be counted.
CABINS: Rather not camp? We've reserved a block of bunkhouses right at the race venue. They sleep 8, there's a central bathroom and shower-house, all for only $50 per night for the whole bunkhouse. The course passes right by the bunk-houses---so you may pit out of your bunk-house if you want. Available Friday and Saturday night. Reserve early, there's a limited number of cabins. To avoid double booking cabins they will only be available on-line. Reserve your cabin when you register on-line to race.
8 HOUR ENTRY FEES: $55 per rider, Juniors (age 17 & under) $45 Race day entry is $15 extra.
24 HOUR ENTRY FEES: $100 per rider, Juniors (age 17 & under) $90 Race day entry is $15 extra.
This event is a benefit for the Shasta County Search & Rescue Team. Over the years Team Bigfoot's Whiskeytown events have raised over $4500 for the team.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO AT WHISKEYTOWN? The WhiskeytownLake National Recreation Area is a real treasure. There's the lake of course--great for swimming, sunning, boating, fishing, etc. There are endless hiking trails, many of them lead to incredible water falls. Stop by the visitors center for details or visit the website: WhiskeytownNational Recreational Area -Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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