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    Original Growler, June 8th, Gunnison, CO

    Mountain bike racing in Gunnison, Colorado!!!

    The first annual Original Growler, the Half Growler and the Shortcut Fun Ride – Sunday June 8th

    Challenging 64 and 32-mile mountain bike races presented by Gunnison Trails, a Colorado non-profit organization. Gunnison Trails is dedicated to maintaining and expanding the singletrack experience in the Gunnison area.

    Entry fee is $25 (No late fee; register right up until the starting gun fires!) All proceeds benefit the local trails.

    Registration details will be updated and posted at www.gunnisontrails.com

    The course is a well marked 32-mile lap at the Hartman Rocks area on BLM public lands. The route contains heaps of classic Gunnison singletrack; trails like Skull Pass, Top of the World, Rattlesnake and Joshos. Each lap climbs around 3,500 vertical feet.

    Not big on racing? Line up at the back, start casually and tour the course. We’ll still need you to be an official entrant but you can choose to be left off of the race results. You’ll still have a great ride and your entry fee will help the trails.

    Particularly this first year, the Growler is an old-school event, which means there is no online registration, the entry fee is a reasonable $25 and there won’t be a lot of fluff. Our primary goal is to offer an amazing mountain biking experience in an authentic Colorado environment with lots of great people and accurate timely results.

    This event is independently insured so no racing license is required.

    Events:
    The Original Growler - 64-miles – 2 laps
    The Half Growler – 32-miles – 1 lap
    The Shortcut Fun Ride – 10 miles

    Mass start promptly at 7:00am

    Field day ribbons or recycled trophies to be awarded to top finishers in each age category for the Original Growler and the Half Growler.

    Categories include:
    Under 20
    20-29
    30-39
    40-49
    50-59
    60-60
    70+

    Post race headquarters, party and awards in Gunnison close to downtown so you can re-hydrate, get some food and chill in our chill little town.

    The Original Growler is a partner event with the Sage Burner Trail Running Races taking place on Saturday June 7th. We will have combined categories for competitors tough enough to run on Saturday and ride on Sunday. Check out Sage Burner details here:

    www.western.edu/sageburner/

    For more info on the Original Growler check our primitive website at: www.gunnisontrails.com or contact us at: info@gunnisontrails.com

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    bump.... this is going to be a really good time. 64 miles of epic singletrack!!!!

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    >>Entry fee is $25 (No late fee; register right up until the starting gun fires!)

    Nice. Thanks for an event us po' folks can afford to take part in
    Signature? I don't need no stinking signature.

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    sorry just want to keep this up top. we want to show off how great the riding is in gunnison to all the front range folk.

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    I've never raced before, but am considering doing the half growler... 32 miles. I live in Crestone 2.5 miles away and it seems this would be a good entry into the racing experience. And for $25 seems I can't go wrong. Just don;t want to come in last!!! How much elevation gain is there?? I live at 8,200ft.

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    there is about 4k of elevation gain each lap. should be a tough ride....

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    Word on the street is that if you can go under 6 hrs for the 2 lap race...you are He-Man. Will it be done?
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    Some jerk face crashed into my parked car around 3:30am Sunday morning. I was looking forward to doing this race.

    Shawn

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    Update....

    UPDATED JUNE 5, 2008

    www.gunnisontrails.com (course map is on the website)

    SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY!!
    THIS IS A LONG, BACKCOUNTRY COURSE. IF YOU GET INJURED YOU ARE A LONG WAY FROM HELP.

    ***YOU WILL WANT TO BE AN EXPERIENCED SINGLETRACK MOUNTAIN BIKER TO TACKLE ANY OF THESE COURSES!!!***

    IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THESE ROADS AND TRAILS, YOU WILL WANT TO RIDE ACCORDINGLY. HIDDEN OBSTACLES AND TRICKY SECTIONS ARE ABUNDANT FROM START TO FINISH.

    THIS IS NOT A “CLOSED” COURSE. THE ENTIRE COURSE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER VEHICLES AND OTHER TRAIL USERS AT ANY TIME IN ANY PLACE.

    YOU MAY ENCOUNTER CATTLE ON ONE SECTION OF THE COURSE AND YOU WILL CROSS MULTIPLE CATTLE GUARDS. BE AWARE AND HIT THEM AT A RIGHT ANGLE (THE CATTLE GUARDS NOT THE CATTLE!)

    Current COLORADO SEARCH AND RESCUE (COSAR) cards are mandatory. They are available at registration and cost $3. If you have a Colorado Hunting or Fishing license or a DOW habitat stamp, you are covered. COSAR was created for the purpose of reimbursing political subdivisions and search and rescue organizations for the costs incurred in conducting search and rescue operations and to further provide funding for the purchase of search and rescue related equipment and training. The fund is not insurance and does not reimburse individuals. For more info check out:
    https://dola.colorado.gov/dlg/fa/sar/index.html

    PLAN AHEAD FOR SUNDAY MORNING. The race starts at 7am sharp. Gunnison is a sleepy town and there will be only one place open at 5am (other than Love’s convenience store):

    MOCHAS COFFEE SHOP will be open at 5am. ½ mile north on Main St./HWY 135 adjacent to City Market. Baked goods, bagel, breakfast bagels with eggs and coffee. Mochas is a huge supporter of Gunnison Trails.

    FEED ZONES/NUTRITION: There will be neutral feed zones at mile 16, mile 18, mile 32 (start/finish area), mile 48 and mile 50. These will not be gourmet feed zones (next year!) Expect water, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and (hopefully) bananas. We also hope to have energy drink mix available but please don’t bank on it.

    Riders can arrange for and accept food and water anywhere on the course, as well.
    64-mile competitors: Plan to stock your vehicle for refueling or you can leave food and drink at the start/finish line. The course will have an option that goes through the parking lot if you want to stop by your car to refuel.

    64-mile competitors will also be required to sign-in at the start/finish before heading out on their second lap. OFFICIAL CUTOFF TIME FOR STARTING YOUR SECOND LAP IS 12:00 NOON.

    GATES: There are two gates on the course that will be open and marshaled. In the unlikely event you come to a closed gate, please close it again after you go through. This might happen to some 64-mile racers on their second lap, late in the day if our volunteers begin to bail. Our goal is for this not to happen but….If the cows get out, we get into big trouble with cowboys!!!

    POST RACE PARTY/AWARDS: Once you finish, you will notice a general lack of anything at the start finish area. Most notably absent will be shade and good food and drink. We are encouraging finishers to go back to RACE HEADQUARTERS in downtown Gunnison at IOOF Park (200 N. Main St.). In town you will find abundant grass, shade, restaurants and RESULTS. PLAN AHEAD WITH YOUR BUDDIES WHO ARE STILL ON COURSE OR AHEAD OF YOU (who’s going to drive the car? Who’s going to ride into town?). Finishers will be separated by several hours. The ride back to town is 3 or 4 miles all flat, usually with a tailwind. While Gunnison is generally a pretty mellow town, consider bringing a bike lock for peace of mind, while eating out or snoozing on the grass.
    Awards Ceremony will be low-key and at 6pm at IOOF Park. We will not hold anyone captive for an awards ceremony. It is Sunday and some people need to get back home. If you have won your class, you can pick up your trophy at IOOF Park once your result is final.

    All that being said, we are inviting people to stick around and enjoy the post race afterglow and cramps. Free live music in a different park (Legion Park, east on HWY 50, 1 block west of McDonalds) begins at 7pm. Consider spending the night! BYOB and food for this unrelated but really cool event called Sundays at Seven.

    BYOB is also okay in IOOF Park. Once again, please plan ahead (no liquor stores are open on Sunday). IOOF Park will be rocking ‘til late.

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    Results...

    Here are the results from the 32 & 64 milers....minus the 20 or so DNF's

    32 Miler
    Original Growler
    Original Growler

    64 Miler
    Original Growler
    Original Growler

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    you didn't happen to take a shot of the Single Speed results by chance?
    umm .. Never mind ... They are just in the mix
    Last edited by mcgowanc; 06-09-2008 at 11:27 AM.

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    Full results now online!


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    Any of you SSer's who did the Growler last year....what gear where you running?

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    32:18 was decided after I knew I wanted to be able to ride the east side climb at Hartmans. I was spun out a little on the dirt roads but I carried speed well on the climbs. There were a few of us SSers in the under 7 hour group.

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