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    Surprise! Canned response from a race promoter.

    I emailed the race promoter for the cascadia cup enduros to find out if they were providing shuttles for the final race and if they weren't, why the race cost the same as thoses that provide shuttles. And of course I get the canned response, 'Thanks for your interest. There will be no shuttles at chuckanut. There will be a review of the race process at the end of the season to make changes' (paraphased). Looks like this will be the last time I pay $75 to go for a ride.

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    I thought the point of an enduro race was that you were supposed to climb, but with a reasonable time cutoff?
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    I'm pretty sure $75 is a competitive entrance fee compared to events like triathlons, adventure races, and such. Did you notice the operating company donates their profits back to the organization that maintains the trails? Maybe they'll take the next step in future years and offer you reduced entrance fees for YOUR trail work hours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM View Post
    That's really a shame, you had a good shot at winning open enduro DOOCHEBAG class!
    OK, maybe a little harsh. But seriously have you considered how many volunteer hours have gone into building & maintaining trails for these events, working with the DNR & parks dept's to get approvals, and getting the trails back to original condition after the event?

    Unless these events ultimately benefit the trails raced on, they shouldn't be happening in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfronk1 View Post
    Looks like this will be the last time I pay $75 to go for a ride.
    You should wait for next year when they get the lift service up and running at Larrabee. Really.

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    Yep, GeePhroh nailed it....I heard there's gonna be a chairlift next year which should totally make the "enduro experience" for ya!

    Woot!

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    The volunteers putting on the race are all LOCALS and at least 3K from each race was given DIRECTLY to the local non-profit working on the trail system.

    There is no shuttling in enduro.

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    I'm currently filling out my SIXTH permit for this race, so I don't have time to go into detail, but I can just say this.

    It took me more than 6 months and a half dozen meetings to get this race permitted and it's our first ever race at Larrabee. The WMBC is entering a very cool relationship with the park that will also include a lot of future trail projects, so in order to help get them comfortable with bike races in their park, we elected to not push for shuttling this year. We might try for it next year or we very well may not.

    All enduro's aren't the same - which is what I feel makes the format so rad. Some have shuttles or chairlifts and some don't. Tiger mountain didn't have shuttles either. Even the EWS had different formats for all of their races this year.

    Our course is gonna be a typical B'ham locals style ride (minus the ride from home that we often do). We feel that most will love it, but some might be cursing us by the end of the day.

    One thing's for sure.....it's gonna be a Chuckanut style enduro, so bring your fitness and big boy pants, mfronk1!

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    In all honesty, I don't think there should be any shuttling in Enduro racing. The intent of the Enduro format, as I understand it, is to provide a balance between technical ability (the DH portion) and endurance (the 'grueling' transition stages) so that riders from various backgrounds have a fair shot at doing well. Otherwise, isn't it basically just a DH race that allows more than one run?

    Regardless of the demands of transition stages there is still a bit of advantage to those that can ride DH fast since that is what's timed. I suppose the thought is that if you don't have enough overall fitness and endurance than you'll ride sloppy and lose time. That's where the 'Endur' part of Endur-o fits in. The 'o' stands for "Oh Sh*t!" as you go hurtling towards a tree.

    A quick check of the Merriam-Webster dictionary reveals the following definition of Endure; 1. last, persist 2. to suffer firmly or patiently 3. tolerate. Nope, shuttling doesn't fit into that definition.

    Anywho, I've seen a glimpse or two of what kind of work goes into promoting these events. The amount of volunteers and time involved is crazy. Nevermind the fact that Cascadia GIVES BACK a sizeable chuck of cash to those that maintain the trails used! I personally am happy to make the contribution of $75 to participate in such an event and hope to see more of these in the future.
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    mfronk1 - late entry strong contender for d i c k head of the year 2013!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfman82 View Post
    In all honesty, I don't think there should be any shuttling in Enduro racing.
    Silver lining here. I agree with you, but a timed event that combines rally car racing to the top with a MTB descent would be psick!

    nicolas vouilloz would dominate!

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    Carl Decker would also do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM View Post
    Silver lining here. I agree with you, but a timed event that combines rally car racing to the top with a MTB descent would be psick!

    nicolas vouilloz would dominate!
    ^this!!!!

    Tiger was my first Enduro, after running all seven NWCUP DH races. Not once on the climbs did I think it was out of place. Sometimes I wondered WTH I was doing out there in the rain on some trail that went down before it went up again (T3), but never did I think it was out of place.

    I will definitely do more CDC next year, and can't wait to see what the WIMPS (WMBC | Just another WordPress.com site) have set up for us up in B'ham.
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    I think some people mis-understood the original post. It isn't that I think there shouldn't be any climbing in an enduro race, it is that I wanted to know why the races cost that same as the others that offered shuttles and the response I got didn't answer the question. It was the, 'I don't have time for this but it looks worse if I don't send anything at all' response. That is it. I don't know where anyone got the fact that the original post was pushing for lift access or I that it is a dick head request to ask where the difference in the money goes. People need to take the time to read and process information before they start throwing juvenile remarks around.

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    Oh, OK. I guess we misread your post.

    Quote Originally Posted by mfronk1 View Post
    Looks like this will be the last time I contribute $75 to local trail development.

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    Did some of the other events have shuttles? It was my understanding you climb up and ride down on all the stages.

    I did the Tiger Event the last 2 years and i think my only issue with the format is the amount of time allowed to finish. It is WAY too generous. At Tiger you were given 4 hours. We went SLOW on the transition stages and still had 2 hours left. Cut the time limit in half and get a little bit of fitness involved.

    I know of several races out of state where you shuttle or use a lift to access the start, or sometimes to get to a big final stage. The WHistler Enduro race use the Top of the World Trail and there is no way you can really ride up to the
    start of that Stage!
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    4 hours seemed about right for Tiger. I too took easy on the transitions to save my legs, but there were others that needed every bit of the 4 hour time alotment due to their fitness level. But at least they're out there doing the race, hopefully having a blast, and challenging themselves and that's what the enduro format is about.

    Besides if you finished early, then it just meant that much more time in the beer garden and that's not a bad thing.

    Regarding the cost of the race: With the money going back to the local trail crews, I think the price is justified and it's right in that sweet spot.

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    Costs can vary quite a bit from venue to venue, I would imagine that the cost for getting the shuttle trucks set up is not a huge part of the cost. More is probably spent in the permits, paying for tents, workers, etc. I bet in most places the trucks for shuttles are donated. Might cost a lot more to run an event at Larabee than Tiger, I dunno.

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    At the end of the day, shuttles cost money for sure. Truck rentals, gas, people to drive them, etc....plus they're a logistical issue.

    The CDC never intended to have all of the races follow the same format. In fact, when we first organized last Fall, most wanted to have zero shuttling. It just so happens that some of the venues/routes work better for shuttling and it also serves as a bit of extra incentive to offer it for racers.

    As explained, we never intended to have shuttling at Chuckanut nor did Evergreen at Tiger. We knew we'd get a solid amount of riders without it and, more importantly, it wasn't in the cards for this year with State Parks....maybe ever. If we had held it at Galby, it would'nt have included shuttling either and racers should consider B'ham an unlikely shuttle location going forward.

    Mfronk1, as noted above, the CDC is being run entirely by and for the advocacy community in each area. Evergreen, Olympic Dirt Society, Cold Creek Mt. bikers, FOCF and the WMBC are benefiting while attempting to put on a great series in our first year. In fact, any money that we (WMBC) save on overall race costs for our event goes back to the club - which goes back to the trail projects we have in the hopper.

    If you'd prefer to not do the Chuckanut race due to the lack of shuttles, please let me know and I'll have the CDC refund your money and plug someone in who will have fun at our event.

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    Why not make it $100 to race so the we get an extra 4-5Kish for the trails!!!
    With the ability to do trail work before the race with $20 off the race cost for each day you built, But max $40 off, cuz putting these on does cost money!!

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    Let's all sing -

    The Spirit of Enduro !

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    Endure - Oh!

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    Sold out, folks!

    mfronk1, let me know if you still need to get a refund.

    Cheers,
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    Ran this race on Sunday, and felt that it wasn't as well run as it could be. First, I had a great time on some fantastic trails, and hung out with great folks all day. We went to the "Shoot The Trails" event the night before, and that too was lots of fun. Shuttling up the first climb sure would have been nice.

    Here's my "big hits" from the race:

    1) Poorly signed. Partiuclarly for a course that doubled back on itself. There seemed to be an assumption that if you were there, you were familiar with the course. Trail names were used on the sinage instead of segment numbers. At the riders meeting the same attituede seemed to pervail, even after a request to use sement numbers instead of trail names. The final turn into the parking lot at the end of the course wasn't signed at all as far as I could tell. There wasn't clear sinage from the start area out to the road to the first climb.

    The map provided looked like a kindergardener with crayons, a pair of sicciors, and a cell phone camera. Take a look at the Tiger Mtn., Yalcot, Dry Hill map. Easy to follow, easy to read.

    Providing a GPX file would be cool. Google Maps has the entire course from this weekend as well. Open Street Maps has better trail maps, but requires a little bit of work.

    2) Racing on the interurban trail. If you were close to the time cut-off, and assumed that that ment full-course completion (see note below), you were hauling-ass along a trail used by the general public that wasn't signed as part of a race course that day. Personally, I don't think this is a good idea. Once incodent with a racer and a home-owner wakling along the trail, and we'll have a real problem.

    3) Inadiquate parking. People were parking all over the grass, and who knows where else. If the venue won't support 250 people, that the event should be smaller. At least post a notice that parking will be tight, and encourage people to carpool/get dropped off.

    4) (Some) Rude staff. I didn't catch his name, but when there was a parking problem after the race, I had a vehical that was close to the description of someone who was parked illegally. I was trying to do the right thing, get more information to determin if it was my truck or not (it was NOT), and I was greated with what amounted to a "**** you, I don't care, go move your car if you even think it might be you, I'm not going to help". The promoter created a parking problem and gets bent out of shape when there's a parking problem?! I was having a great time, but this really runined my day. After the physical stress of riding all day, this was just a really really crap taste to leave in my mouth.

    General comment on the series:

    The rule book is inadiquate. Example : races included a cut-off time, but that is not mentioned in the rule book. Is the cut off time to get back to the start area? Start the last timed section? Is it a DQ? Position penalty? The current rule book is about 6 pages. For a series like this, I'd expect about double that.

    Edit: Just to be clear, I don't think anything above has to do with the cost of the race. In the grand scheme of the weekend, and the general cost of the sport, $75 isn't expensive. Fixing signing, or maps, or rule book, etc. doesn't cost money. This is the first year of this race, so there's going to be room for improvement.
    Last edited by hawker665; 10-21-2013 at 02:12 PM.

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    Id like to give the race organizers props for putting on a really fun and overall well organized race series. I have done all the CDC races this year and have really enjoyed getting out and riding in new venues and meeting new folks to ride with. When I have seen the race organizers they have always been very friendly and have gone out of their way to ask how the races have been and how I liked the courses. These are not large scale, high dollar events. Its a local race series and for its size I think the events have been run very well. As others have said, the money beyond the cost of putting on the event goes to trail building and its not like these guys are trying to cut corners to make a profit.

    As for shuttles, as far as I remember there was nothing in the registration for the series that said the races would be shuttled. For the amount of time the race organizers put into these events arguing about whether a shuttled race should cost $75 and a non-shuttled race cost $50 seems pointless. Id rather see my $25 go towards putting on more races and building trails. I paid $250 to do a 100 mile mtb race with 20k of climbing this summer...I feel a little cheated there weren't shuttles on that one...

    There did seem to be some confusion about whether the cutoff time was your time at the end of stage 4 or back at the start/finish area. I agree it should have been stated that the end was at the end of stage 4 so people would not ride fast along the interurban. Lessons for next year.

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