Fears, Tears and Beers
I signed up over the weekend. Psyched for this race.
What's the terrain like? What tires are people running around Ely?
Any good maps of the course?
Straight up and Straight down.. rocky loose gravel in some spots awesome single track. Bring your big bike with bigger knobby's for sure .
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Lots of climbing like Rob said..... but it's not totally straight up. We do through a switchback in here and there to make it a bit easier. It's the altitude that gets you. Race starts at 6400' and goes up from there with 5400' of climbing overall on the Expert loop.
Trail surface on most of the Beginner/Sport loop is fairly hardpacked with some loose on top and small rocks. Depends how much rain/snow we get between now and then, but it's been a dry Spring so far and trails are already a bit loose so bring something that will hook up on dry, loose conditions....... but also rolls fast. Be prepared for mud though, it has been known to rain/snow.
I like a WTB Weirwolf on the front but have also had good luck with Minion DHFs, Specialized Butcher, and Hans Dampf (though they are a bit slow IMO).
Something fast but with sturdy sidewals and pinch protection on the rear if you're doing the Expert loop/descent. Ardent or NN or Ground Control with snake skin or whatever each manufacture calls it.
I plan on camping out up there the night before the race, where is a good area? I remember reading somewhere about a camp site in the park in town? I just cant seem to find that info now.
Helmets are required on all sections. You choose which kind based on your own comfort level. Most wear XC helmets but I do see a few full face.
I've carried a full face up the final expert climb so I'd have it for the final descent. It's the only one I personally think deserves a full face. Everything on the beginner and sport loops is fairly XC and there's a few short climbs and pedally section that might get suffocating with the fully.
Camping will be available at Broadbent Park but there's no facilities and no fires. Just pitch your tent on the lawn.
Just rode the whole course today and the trails are dry and fast. A little loose in places but not tore up.
Minimum $2000 pro purse provided by the Jailhouse hotel casino.
Free pint glasses (and first beer) for all racers and free after race meal for all racers. Family members and support personell only pay $10.
This is going to be fun. Can't wait!
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