2012 Lake Hope MTB XC “Enduro”
(Super "D"s are the latest thing, and some call them enduros, but this is Lake Hope State Park, not a ski resort, this is an 'XC" enduro. More associated with the roots of old school motorcycle enduros.)
Sunday September 30, Lake Hope State Park, 10:00AM (Monsoon will cancel.)
No entry fee!!! No points at stake, no championships, bring a mountain bike, ride some sweet XC singletrack, and compete against the clock.
Required equipment: helmet, digital watch, mountain bike, enough snacks, water, energy drinks for 15-20 miles on the trail, 2-3 hours.
Route sheet will be supplied.
Start is 10:00 AM at the Lake Hope picnic area, just past the beach parking lot. Arrive at least ˝ hour early, so you can get your minute, ask questions, etc. It is a paved area, with park latrines handy.
Route: Mostly rolling single-track, a few miles of road, and lots of long REST periods. Expect 3-5 secret checks/special test sections, otherwise a lot of easy trail riding, so nobody blows up.
If you want to try riding, but not sure about your physical ability, there are plenty of bail-outs along the forest service road.** Just come out and enjoy yourself.
Here is what an Enduro is all about?
Sign in to get your number, or “minute”. Riders leave in rows of three or four, in one minute intervals. You can ride on the same minute with people you know, or we can mix you in with new riders.
Locate the Official Key Time Clock, somewhere near sign in. Whatever Key Time currently is on the Key Time watch, subtract the “minute” you were just given, and set your race watch. Example: If Key Time is showing 10:57 am, and you are “minute” 3A, set your race watch to 10:54 am. Now, your race watch will correspond to the route sheet times. Do your best to arrive at every turn at the time shown on the route sheet. (Ride at whatever speed you feel comfortable, and remember, keep it fun, safe, and enjoy yourself, don’t blow up.) Make sense? It will by the end of the ride. Do this for all turns on the route sheet, and use your instincts to try and maintain pace and stay on time.
RESTS can be considered rest breaks. If turn #6 is a REST, check your race watch, wait until the REST is over, and don’t leave until it’s time. If you arrive at the REST late, you may have to waive the REST, hustle, keep riding, or risk being late at the next check.
Complimentary Scoring - For bragging rights only, your ride will be scored, and provided at the finish. Think you can stay on time? There will be secret checkpoints scattered throughout, to see how good you are at staying on time. For every minute late you arrive at a check, you lose one point. If you arrive early, you lose two points for the first minute and then five points for any additional minute early. This is called “burning” a check, arriving early. (Ex. Arrive three minutes early and you lose twelve points!)
Last year’s ride saw a mix of enduro riders, and mountain bikers take part, a small group of brave souls came out on a damp, very chilly fall morning in late October.* Robbie Jenks and Josh Gaitten were a couple of the "A" riders from the motorcycle enduro ranks (check out: ACES ENDURO SERIES), while Pete Kotses and Meredith Erliwine, both "A" XC mountain bike racers, and owners of Athens Bicycle and Parkersburg Bicycle (Athens Bicycle | Athens, Ohio | Parkersburg Bicycle | Parkersburg, W.V. | Columbus, OH | Trek, Gary Fisher, Surly, Independent Fabrication, Waterford), were a couple of the MTB ringers.* Overall went to neither "Expert" rider, it was Super Dave mixing a balance of zero enduro knowledge with just the right amount of MTB skill.* Super Dave scored a 6, to Robbie's 10, and
Meredith's 11, over the 14 mile ride.
This year, the route is 17 miles, more trail than last year, but also more REST time.
Key Time 10:00 AM (start first row)
Time is based off of a 13 MPH average
17 ground miles
NO ENTRY FEE
Marked turns, Rests, and Checks
Completion time around 1:00PM
Don't expect the number of riders that you might see at the usual MTB race. This is not promoted, it is on no sactioned calendar or schedule, so if you've always wanted to ride at Lake Hope State Park, now is the chance, you'll have some other riders who already know the trail system, and can lend support if needed.
Lake Hope State Park is located just East of McArthur, Ohio, or just West of Athens, Ohio. Ohio State Parks - Lake Hope State Park
The trails are very foregiving, with little elevation gain.
Send me an email, if you have questions.
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