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    2012 Original Growler - Gunnison, Colorado

    The Original Growler MTB Races - May 26-27, 2012

    The first of three separate dates for online registration opens next Wednesday February 1, 2012 at 9pm MST.

    Click on the link below for details about the 2012 Original Growler, our expanded format and the three separate waves of online registration. Thanks for supporting trail advocacy and Gunnison Trails!

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    I've wanted to do this since it's inception.

    Going to try and make this the year.

    Post some pics of the course at Hartman GunniTrails!

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    Do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crit Rat View Post
    I've wanted to do this since it's inception.

    Going to try and make this the year.

    Post some pics of the course at Hartman GunniTrails!
    Do it. It's great. It fills fast, so do like it says in the event info page--get your BikeReg.com account set up in advance and set a timer so that you are sitting at your computer when registration opens.

    I did it in '09 and it was super rainy. I was signed up for the 64 but only did 32. Then in '10 I did the whole 64. It's a surprisingly hard 64 miles. But what a great course, took me into parts of Hartman I never knew were there. And really well run. And it benefits Gunnison Trails.

    Win win win (lulz).
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    Highly considering it this year! ive done the sage a few times and its some fun terrain for sure! here is some sage footage (not mine) i think they use basically the same trails for the growler! at least it will give you an idea.



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    Growler is bigger by quite a ton

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    Highly considering it this year! ive done the sage a few times and its some fun terrain for sure! here is some sage footage (not mine) i think they use basically the same trails for the growler! at least it will give you an idea...
    The Growler is actually a pretty different course than the 24 Sage. It crossed onto the 24 Sage course a little (just a little) but goes way way out south of the furthest point that the 24 course goes (which is pretty much the top of Sea of Sage).

    Both courses are killer, but the Growler course is a big adventure. I've been riding Hartman for many years, did the old Rage in the Sage once back in the late 90s, 24 Sage I think 4 times, and the Growler showed me just how vast that place really is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
    Highly considering it this year!
    Do it! Not the half though, do the Original.

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    I sure hope I get in this year. Did it two years ago, got my ass handed to me but I still want to do it again. Different gearing this time!

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    Yeah, I've done the original Rage in the Sage back in 97. It was my first expert race and was a definite shock to the system but I loved every minute of it. The old rage course used to be around 24 miles I think, experts and pros did two laps and it was a hard effort.

    I haven't ridden at Hartman since then. That was 15 years ago. Damn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crit Rat View Post
    Yeah, I've done the original Rage in the Sage back in 97. It was my first expert race and was a definite shock to the system but I loved every minute of it. The old rage course used to be around 24 miles I think, experts and pros did two laps and it was a hard effort.

    I haven't ridden at Hartman since then. That was 15 years ago. Damn.
    When I did the Rage in the Sage I had never previously done an XC race that wasn't laps on a 3-5 mile course. I did the single lap as a Sport. Got my a$$ handed to me--I remember limping home mumbling to myself "I suck". I think it was two or three years before I was able to show my face at a race of any kind.

    One of the things I enjoy about going places for endurance events is the new horizons it opens up. I usually try to ride with my GPS during these things simply so that I can find what they had us ride when I go back later. During a race I pretty much follow course markings and rarely remember any specifics of where I actually went. Growler is a good example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crit Rat View Post
    I've wanted to do this since it's inception.

    Going to try and make this the year.

    Post some pics of the course at Hartman GunniTrails!
    Original Growler Pics HERE and HERE

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrock450 View Post
    Did it two years ago, got my ass handed to me
    You still beat me that day!

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    I'm in. Did it in 2011 (first time) and barely finished. Think I even cried once I realized I was going to finish. It's one awesome event!

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    D'oh!

    i made sure i was signed in before 9pm, but alas, i made one typo in my cc number during checkout and by the time i corrected it... blamo-- growler 64 closed!

    i figured that was fate telling me to just enjoy the growler 32, so i'm now officially entered in my 2nd race in 25 years of riding a mtn bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt View Post
    i made sure i was signed in before 9pm, but alas, i made one typo in my cc number during checkout and by the time i corrected it... blamo-- growler 64 closed!

    i figured that was fate telling me to just enjoy the growler 32, so i'm now officially entered in my 2nd race in 25 years of riding a mtn bike.
    There are still a couple more waves of registration for both with about 100 slots per race for each wave. Just 100 in each so far.

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    I'm a Growler noob - signed up for the half Growler, looking forward to getting thrashed.

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    Growler Registration Wave #2

    Registration Wave #1 went pretty fast. Wave #2 opens Saturday February 18th at 7am mountain time.

    2012 Original Growler

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    The Growler is actually a pretty different course than the 24 Sage. It crossed onto the 24 Sage course a little (just a little) but goes way way out south of the furthest point that the 24 course goes (which is pretty much the top of Sea of Sage).

    Both courses are killer, but the Growler course is a big adventure. I've been riding Hartman for many years, did the old Rage in the Sage once back in the late 90s, 24 Sage I think 4 times, and the Growler showed me just how vast that place really is.
    Good to know- since ive only ridden the sage course trails- i was told it was a mixture of those trails as well-

    any how missed the first 100- well see if i can get in on the next round


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    Do it! Not the half though, do the Original.
    am i half the man if i only do the half- i could ride twice as hard

    i know you have it in you for the Original! did you beat mge?
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    Registration Wave #2 opens tomorrow morning - Saturday February 18th at 7am (mountain time) Sharp.

    If you miss out, the Final Wave will be Sunday March 4th at 9pm. Thanks for supporting trails!
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    Can we just send you money and save ourselves the pain?

    Short, Steep, and technical - up, down, up, down. 8 Hours of intervals. If it wasn't for the wind last year blowing me up a couple of those climbs late in the day, I don't know if I would have made it.

    Do It, and bring your big boy/girl pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
    Good to know- since ive only ridden the sage course trails- i was told it was a mixture of those trails as well-

    any how missed the first 100- well see if i can get in on the next round




    am i half the man if i only do the half- i could ride twice as hard

    i know you have it in you for the Original! did you beat mge?
    He did beat me. Guac is a sleeper

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    Got into the Half Growler this am. Stoked!

    I would love to do the 64, and plan on it for next year, but I didn't want to be looking at my bike with spiteful eyes for the 2 weeks leading up to Bailey100.

    The plan is to rally the snot out of the 32 and see what happens. A spirited, competitive training ride. Followed by beer and hopefully a Crest shuttle on Sunday. At the very least, my wife will be getting a Crest shuttle run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    The plan is to rally the snot out of the 32 and see what happens. A spirited, competitive training ride. Followed by beer and hopefully a Crest shuttle on Sunday. At the very least, my wife will be getting a Crest shuttle run.
    unlikely i'll be riding at your pace, but count me in for beers afterward (and a sunday shuttle excursion).

    now, make this snow go away, will ya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    I would love to do the 64, and plan on it for next year, but I didn't want to be looking at my bike with spiteful eyes for the 2 weeks leading up to Bailey100.
    Late May is still pretty early in the season for most of us in Colorado. For this reason, if you have loftier endurance racing goals later in the summer, the Half-Growler can be a perfect fitness builder. Most first-timers find the course harder and more demanding than it sounds at just 32ish miles.

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    ^^^Yup. Thats the plan. Stoked.

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    Crest won't likely be option

    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    Got into the Half Growler this am. Stoked!

    I would love to do the 64, and plan on it for next year, but I didn't want to be looking at my bike with spiteful eyes for the 2 weeks leading up to Bailey100.

    The plan is to rally the snot out of the 32 and see what happens. A spirited, competitive training ride. Followed by beer and hopefully a Crest shuttle on Sunday. At the very least, my wife will be getting a Crest shuttle run.
    I would not count on getting a Crest ride in during the last weekend in May. We are having a fairly thin snow year, but in 20 or so years of riding the Crest I've never seen it ready to go in May. Don't count out April and May as snow accumulation months either.

    There's lots of good riding around here, but the Crest high point is 12,000 feet elevation. Even in thin snow years you'll find plenty of the white stuff up there into the middle of June.

    Don't take my comments as a local who doesn't want you riding "our" trails. I am totally into sharing. But late May is a WAY long shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    I would not count on getting a Crest ride in during the last weekend in May. We are having a fairly thin snow year, but in 20 or so years of riding the Crest I've never seen it ready to go in May. Don't count out April and May as snow accumulation months either.

    There's lots of good riding around here, but the Crest high point is 12,000 feet elevation. Even in thin snow years you'll find plenty of the white stuff up there into the middle of June.

    Don't take my comments as a local who doesn't want you riding "our" trails. I am totally into sharing. But late May is a WAY long shot.
    Heh. I didn't even think about the snowpack. D'oh.

    A quick Silver Creek/Rainbow loop it is!

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    That will be rockin'

    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    Heh. I didn't even think about the snowpack. D'oh.

    A quick Silver Creek/Rainbow loop it is!
    That trail is beautiful in late May. Think, brand new aspen leaves in lovely lime green.
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    The Final Registration Wave opens tonight - Sunday March 4, 2012 at 9pm (mountain time).

    All proceeds benefit trails. Thanks for supporting!
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    For whatever reason, BikeReg.com shows a message, "Only 0 spots available!" However, there are still spots available and people are registering, just ignore the message. Sorry for any confusion.

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    I signed up for this race, but I did something really nasty to my knee on the ski hill last week. Getting an MRI tomorrow, but it looks pretty bad. Are there any refunds, or can I give my entry to someone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dthomp325 View Post
    I signed up for this race, but I did something really nasty to my knee on the ski hill last week. Getting an MRI tomorrow, but it looks pretty bad. Are there any refunds, or can I give my entry to someone else?
    Bummer about your knee! Hopefully it seems worse than it is and you'll be a pedal'n in no time. Send us an email and we'll refund your entry fee. Then, if the knee comes around and you want to give the Growler a go, let us know and we'll get you back in the race.
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    Growler Course GPS route anyone?

    Hey mtbr's...anybody got a gps route I can download and follow on a preride this weekend? Or...know where one's available for download? I'll be out taking a little spin tomorrow to go look at the lap and see what this thing is all about if anyone is around to join. I'll be a dude in a white Giro lid, and a green hardtail. Thanks all. Jim

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    Hey mtbr's...anybody got a gps route I can download and follow on a preride this weekend? ...
    I got one for you from 2009 but things probably will be different for this year. I did it in 2010 but must not have carried a GPS with me, can't find a file...

    So this one will get you out there. http://tom-purvis.com/gpx/growler09_Lap1.gpx
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    19 spots left between the two races; less in the Full than the Half. The Trails at Hartman's are riding well. The Full and Half Growler are pretty good races. Fun, challenging bike riding.

    https://www.bikereg.com/Net/15241

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnisonTrails View Post
    19 spots left between the two races; less in the Full than the Half. The Trails at Hartman's are riding well. The Full and Half Growler are pretty good races. Fun, challenging bike riding.

    https://www.bikereg.com/Net/15241
    Thanks! I grabbed a full growler spot. Is it too late to train for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guacamole View Post
    Thanks! I grabbed a full growler spot. Is it too late to train for this?
    Naw, you've got all week!

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    I am in for 1/2

    And getting nervous about how hard it will be...

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    Thanks to all who attended the 2012 Original Growler (or was it the Howler!) We hope everyone enjoyed riding the trails at Hartman Rocks. Even at their worst, they're still pretty fun. Once we get the afternoon thundershowers going, that's a good time to consider an evening or morning ride at Hartman's to complement the alpine trail riding up in CB or on the Crest. Imagine the place tacky with nothing loose or soft....

    Also, we're still sorting out results, forgotten drop bags, articles of clothing, etc. If you have a question about these or anything else, drop us a line at info@gunnisontrails.com. Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnisonTrails View Post
    Thanks to all who attended the 2012 Original Growler (or was it the Howler!) We hope everyone enjoyed riding the trails at Hartman Rocks. Even at their worst, they're still pretty fun. Once we get the afternoon thundershowers going, that's a good time to consider an evening or morning ride at Hartman's to complement the alpine trail riding up in CB or on the Crest. Imagine the place tacky with nothing loose or soft....

    Also, we're still sorting out results, forgotten drop bags, articles of clothing, etc. If you have a question about these or anything else, drop us a line at info@gunnisontrails.com. Thanks,
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    Yep, 'twas very windy and very sandy! I had forgotten just how hard the Full Growler is. It is unbelievable to me how fast the times were that the top racers did it in. They are super-human and I am sub-human.

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    Thanks for the great event, nothing like rolling accross the finish line and getting handed, a cold beer, a empty growler ( to fill at the Fat Tire booth) and $8 Cash to go buy lunch. Made the sand and wind bearable.

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    Hmm

    I was too tired to think to fill my growler at the booth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guacamole View Post
    Yep, 'twas very windy and very sandy! I had forgotten just how hard the Full Growler is. It is unbelievable to me how fast the times were that the top racers did it in. They are super-human and I am sub-human.
    I agree! My buddy that finished in 6hr30min said the top riders rode MOST of the sections that I thought were a given death march...I don't see how anyone could even get traction in some of those areas that day! He still came in 30th something place in the 31-40 category.

    I didn't go out to win it by any means...****, I only rode 4 or 5 times this entire year prior to this race. I'm proud of my 31st place out of 35 finishers in the SS cat. I did feel good afterwards though, and I got to drink plenty of beers until I finally passed out...that's what I'm most proud of!

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