UFDSSC (Missouri SS Championship)
We are excited to announce the UFDSSC Single Speed Championship in Saint James, Missouri! This race is part of the UFD series, though it will not count towards points. The race will also be the non USAC Missouri state Single Speed Championship. It will be held on June 2nd, 2012 at Forest City Trails in Saint James, Mo. We have great prizes donated from Tifosi, Trek, Progold, ESI, Polar Bottles, Genuine Innovations, KŁat, Chamois Btt'r, and more. There will be some food, beverages, and some after race festivities so come on down and enjoy the fun!
100% of the race entry fees goes back into the trails for maintenance, a Kiosk with maps, and more.
Registration can be found here and updates on the event can be found here
If you happen to find your way down here or are interested in these fine trails check out Route 66 Bikes
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So what's the trail like? I've only been to St. James once and didn't have a bike with me. I ride Lake of the Ozarks (Honey Run) periodically (built it) when I'm down in that area for business. Flatish or hilly? Typical ozark rocky?
Sorry, been away from the computer for a day or two.
The course is twisty and technical. There are quite a bit of trails packed into a the land given by the city, but it is by no means ridiculously tight. It does not have the long wide open sections that Honey Run has and the race trails have a little more soil. There are rocky sections, some slickrock, pine sections, and more. It is a good mix of a bit of everything. Below is the race course description written up by Danno at Route 66...
Racers will start on the Meramec Ironworks gravel path and spin ridiculously fast for the first quarter mile. No Le Mans start here. This is a bike race, not a 5k. Just about the time you get sick of the 150rpm grind, you'll negotiate some sketchy, loose corners and then head straight up a short gravel climb and then into the SSingletrack. Pump the rollers and rail the berms of our new pump track before starting a long, ssnaky, rocky descent through Tornado Alley. Be careful on the rocks...you don't want to puncture this early in the race.
Soon things flatten out into some fast hardpack. Bring your cornering skills because you need to know how to make your bike stick to the ground if you are gonna do well here. Next you will fly into the first mile-long technical loop. Here the turns get tighter and the trees closer...and then WHA-BAM!! A super steep climb up to what we call 'Good ol' Rocky Top.' Bomb down the other side and into some ssuper ssweet trail that will make you think you are in the beautiful pine forests of Arkansas. A gradual climb will finish off the first technical loop.
Back to more fast hardpack, interspersed with little nuggets of rock and dry creek crossings. Again, cornering sskills and ssmooth riding will benefit you here. Focus your eyes further ahead and you'll hold a better line through every corner. You will wind your way around to a solid rock creek crossing and then start climb #2. It's not a long one, but you won't have much momentum to start with either. Once at the top, get ready to have perma-grin installed on your face.
The forest turns from oak to pine trees and the trail turns from better to best. You'll fly into our newest section: the J.C. Masterpiece, or 3/4 of a mile of the flowing-est pine tree trail anywhere. This is the definition of BUFF. It's gradually uphill but you'll be having so much fun railing corners and pumping over rollers that you won't notice.
Exiting the pine trees you'll enter the area we call 'Glade Runner,' where you will traverse two 150-ft long sstretches of Moab-like sslickrock. Watch out for cactus! Next you'll re-enter the pine forest briefly for some techy ledgy riding with some tricky off-camber corners to keep you on your toes. Then a short climb will bring you to an asphalt bike path crossing, and you will be over half done with your lap at this point.
Catch your breath and carve some corners as you head slightly downhill towards the Rock Bluff overlook. You won't have time to enjoy the view as the trail ssweeps you back uphill and into more contour-ssurfing benchcut that leads to the ssecond mile-long technical loop. This one starts out nice but gets naughty in a hurry. If the flagstone rock garden doesn't rattle your teeth out, you'll be chewing on your stem as you climb out of the deep valley below the rock bluffs. A few more rollers, creek crossings, and a wooden bridge crossing complete your second technical loop. Your reward is more pine tree riding!
You are in the home sstretch now. Most of the rest of the lap is buff, blazing pine tree trail. You can push the limits of traction on every corner and pump the dips and rollers in between. You'll encounter one more ssurprise rock garden, and then a ssweeping descent that leads to the ssingletrack merging with the asphalt bike path. Here you will want to eat and drink all you can, and get ready to take a feed on the upcoming climb. The bike path gradually ascends through one sswitchback, and then a quick 90-degree corner will have you pointed uphill towards the start/finish line. Total course length is ~7 miles. Rinse and Repeat as desired...
The course is available for pre-riding now. The start loop and the gravel roads towards the finish line will not be taped until Friday due to city worker traffic, but the rest of the trail is ready to go. The race will run clockwise, so if you are standing in the parking lot facing the road you just came in on, look to your right and start there on the singletrack. Feel free to enjoy the course and if there are any confusing areas that might need more markings please let me know.
There will be onsite camping available, but there will be no other amenities available other than port o' potties. You must pack it in and as always pack out everything you bring.
There will be packet pickup/registration available Friday evening from 5-8 and Saturday morning from 8:30-10:30. Race starts at 11:00.
We look forward to seeing everyone out there!