2013 Strouds Run MTB “Enduro”
Sunday September 29, Strouds Run State Park, 10:00AM
(Meet at the Beach Parking Lot, South end, near Lakeview Shelter)
No entry fee! No points! No series championship!
Required: helmet, digital watch, mountain bike, & snacks, water, energy drinks for 20 miles on the trail, 2-3 hours.
Recommended: bike computer that displays current speed.
Route sheet will be supplied, to follow, and navigate the trail.
Start is 10:00 AM at the Strouds Run State Park, beach parking area. Strouds Run is a few miles East of Athens, Ohio, Google Map it for directions, or see the ODNR’s website. Arrive at least 30-45 minutes early, so you get assigned a minute (what does that mean?), ask questions, and grab a route sheet.
Route: 90% singletrack, a couple miles of road, and a few REST breaks. Expect 3-5 timed sections, otherwise, a forgiving time allowance for some, others may suffer.
If you want to try, but not sure about your ability, the first couple of trails are close to the start, so it’s an easy bail-out.
What is “Enduro”? Basically, from its motorcycle roots, timed sections of trail, joined by non-timed sections. Forget about super-technical downhills, man-made stunts, and the stuff you’ve seen in magazines. This is a state park MTB trail, so it’s all cross country riding.
Step One: Sign in and select a riding number, or “minute”. Riders leave in rows of three or four, at one minute intervals.
Step Two: Locate the Key Time Watch. Whatever Key Time currently is on the Key Time Watch, subtract the “minute” you are riding on, and set your own ride watch to match. Example: If Key Time is showing 9:57 am, and you are “minute” 3A (subtract 3), set your ride watch to 9:54 am. Now, your ride watch will correspond to the route sheet times. Do your best to arrive at each turn, at the time shown on the route sheet.
Step Three: Using your ride watch, be ready to ride at 10:00 AM sharp. The clock doesn’t stop for anyone, so don’t be late.
RESTS - If turn #6 is a REST, follow the instructions on the route sheet, and REST for the time permitted. If you arrive at the REST late, you may need to keep riding to stay on time? Remember, the clock doesn’t stop. Time is not your friend today.
Avg. SPEED – The average speed used to calculate time changes several times throughout the ride. A bike computer helps, but paying attention to the route sheet, and having good instincts will go a long way.
Scoring - Bragging rights only. The ride will be scored at the end of several timed sections. For every minute you arrive at a check late, 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. Early is called “burning” a check. (Ex. Arrive three minutes early and you lose twelve points!)
That’s all there is to it. Got questions? Ask.
For the last two years it's been Lake Hope, but for a change of pace, we'll try Strouds. If you haven't ridden at Strouds Run before, it is more grueling than Lake Hope, don't bring your long travel free-ride bike.
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