Please come join the Arctic Orienteering Club for a mountain bike orienteering race on Wednesday, July 21. The start will be at the north end of the Hilltop ski area parking lot. This is not a head-to-head race--you can start any time between 5 pm and 7 pm—but it is timed. Results will be posted on our website and in the Anchorage Daily News.

This is a “traditional format” orienteering event where contestants (on mountain bikes) try to find a set number of "controls" (special flags located along the trails), in a particular sequence, in the shortest time possible.

Just prior to your start time, you will be given a very detailed map of the park showing the control locations. You must visit the controls in numerical order, but you can choose whatever route you wish to visit them.

The best (or only practical) route will often be obvious, but sometimes not. And…you must be able to “read” the map to know where you are and where to turn.

There will be two courses:
• A “long” course – lots of elevation loss/gain, some technical trails, about 11 km point-to-point, but probably about 17 km “on the ground” – depends on your route and whether you get lost!
• A “short” course – not so much elevation loss/gain, less challenging riding, 6 km point-to-point, but perhaps a 9 to 10 km ride.

No prizes – just bragging rights and the cool map!

For more information, visit the Arctic Orienteering Club website and visit the FAQ (especially…”What is a Traditional meet?”)

Other info:
• $6 entry fee for non-members, $5 for members.
• Helmet required.
• All trails are open to the public during this event, so please ride safely and be courteous to other trail users. Yield to pedestrians, equestrians, and riders coming uphill.
• Be “bear aware” and take appropriate precautions to avoid bear encounters.

• Other rules
• No off-trail riding (but you can carry your bike “cross-country” or leave it to visit a control)
• Refreshments provided at the finish area.
• Race results grouped into the following three “classes”: male individual, female individual, and team (any number of people).

Every participant is required to sign a liability waiver. If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian is required to sign the waiver for you.

Hope to see you there! Dave Evans, meet director email: D three E three at alaska dot net (replace three with the number 3)