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    FatTrack Team SnowBike Enduro - 1/15/11 - S. Kettles

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    FatTrack Team SnowBike Enduro

    January 15th – 2011 @ High Noon

    Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest – Muir Trail Head - LaGrange, WI

    Snow bikes only (3.7" minimum tire width)

    No FatBike? - No Problem! - Join the rider pool

    Teams can share a snowbike (or ride their own)

    Teams are formed the day of the race or you can bring your own team. If you bring your own team, you may have to put a team mate into the draft for other teams to aquire in the rider draft.

    Riders that bring a snowbike can sign up as Team Captains or be part of the rider pool.

    Team Captains pick riders from the rider pool to form a team - 3 people per team minimum

    Captain’s draft order determined by pre-race, Derby

    Teams race for 3 hours – Team with the most laps wins!

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    Highly HIGHLY interested.

    Whaddya know ... just got my snowbike built up today. Almost like it's a sign . . .
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    What does this event look like?
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    Sounds like a fun day in the snow!

    What loop will be used as the race course?
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    sweet, im in. My bike doesnt exactly qualify as a "snow" bike though

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffwilsonn
    sweet, im in. My bike doesnt exactly qualify as a "snow" bike though
    @ JeffWilsonn - Snow bikes only (3.7" minimum tire width).....If you don't have a snowbike, you can enter the rider pool and get drafted by a team that will have a snobike to share. We want people to get a chance to ride one of these new fangled fatbikes, even if they don't currently own one. The format is going to resemble the Indiana University little 500 bike race...but with some tweeks to how teams will be formed.

    @KrateKraig - the course will be determined by snow conditions on the day of the event.....but the laps will be shortish in length.
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    Lodging

    I've arranged for a discount rate at the newly constructed Hampton Inn in Elkhorn, WI for those of you that are coming in from out of town. It's about a ten minute drive from the trailhead and close to a couple restaurants.

    The room rate is $79 a night.

    Just ask for the Snow-Bike rate when you make your reservation.

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    This looks amazing. Makes me almost wiish I still lived back home

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    You know what, the doc only has a say about the right arm until 1/3/2011 so therefore I'm in and need a team; anybody want me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugX
    You know what, the doc only has a say about the right arm until 1/3/2011 so therefore I'm in and need a team; anybody want me?
    coming off of injured reserve, suggs is sure to be one of the hottest free agents of the 2011 sno-bike season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~gomez~
    coming off of injured reserve, suggs is sure to be one of the hottest free agents of the 2011 sno-bike season.
    Thanks Gary...I was expecting answers like "not even your Mother".

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    Looking forward to this Gary. I think some of the Half Acre crew is coming up as well.

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    Sounds like a blast. And me with a fresh new Pugsley! Can you reveal the race loop? I might be able to get a team together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~gomez~
    the course will be determined by snow conditions on the day of the event.....but the laps will be shortish in length.
    hint - What can brown do for you?

    Make sure to read all the fine print about how the teams will be formed via the draft and how the draft might force you to put one (or more) of your teammates on waivers, thus making them eligible to be stolen by another team in need of a warm body.

    The bright side of having a friend on another team is the potential for elbow to elbow racing against someone you 'd love to beat.

    This is the first of many times that I'm going to ask people to get there at eleven to register. The Draft Derby will take place as close to Noon as possible. The 3 hour race must go off at 1pm sharp to insure that we have enough daylight.

    There's going to be a list of things to make sure you bring......mostly common sense things, but some things that will make sharing a bike easier.....like flat pedals....

    You'll all be responsible for bringing the right clothes.....clothes to ride and something to wear over everything while you stand around and wait by the fire....like a parka....or a snuggie.....or a buffalo robe. You'll most definitely want dry clothes to change into, after the riding is over. Pay special attention to your head, hands and feet and the rest sort of takes care of itself. The weather is going to make our decisions for us and we'll just have to respond the best we can.

    If you plan on bringing a snow-bike, put flat pedals on there......if you have a seatpost QR.....put it on....if not, be prepared to make a fast nascar style pit stop in the transition area.

    For the really tall and the shorter folks......we may need to conduct a special draft to get you with a team that has a bike that you can ride.

    The teams will be formed so each team will have the same number of riders.....plus or minus a rider here or there.

    It's going to be like an episode of banana splits,

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    Snow Bike

    Is there any snow at Kettle? Im near Chicago and all the snow is gone.

    Will there still be an event if there is no snow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lgc97
    Is there any snow at Kettle? Im near Chicago and all the snow is gone.

    Will there still be an event if there is no snow?
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5317226723/" title="Sunday Connections by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5282/5317226723_0f7b3216b9_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Sunday Connections" /></a>
    live shot from Sunday out on the Connector Trail

    Kettle has just a tiny bit of snow, with bumpy glare ice mixed with frozen terra-firma (95% ridable). We need snow and even though gnomes control the weather (or so they keep telling me) the forecast looks promising for us to get some (?) between now and the 15th. My feeling is that if the trails are open....the event will take place.

    Please start the group snow dance Monday at 9 am sharp.

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    Sponsor News!

    Alex Cook of http://www.bc-rack.com/ and A-train Cycles is making one of his custom racks for the prize table at the rrrace!

    We've already received generous prize donations from Surly, Honey Stinger, Smith Optics, Planet Bike and Bar-Mitts

    We got a little snow last night, so keep up the sno-dancing!

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    Read it and weep

    It's a brand new year, so this is what Wisconsin is gonna need from everyone that comes to the race,

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    There'll be forms and a self pay drop at the race venue to handle this.

    On a positive note.....you may want to bring a few extra dollars to snag one of these.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5331695282/" title="Sno-Bike T's by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5045/5331695282_2f87ceea56.jpg" width="500" height="403" alt="Sno-Bike T's" /></a>

    $12 cash - Limited qty's and sizes available on race day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~gomez~
    It's a brand new year, so this is what Wisconsin is gonna need from everyone that comes to the race,

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5331018309/" title="WI-DNR Rates by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5281/5331018309_3972d02cb0.jpg" width="399" height="500" alt="WI-DNR Rates" /></a>

    There'll be forms and a self pay drop at the race venue to handle this.

    On a positive note.....you may want to bring a few extra dollars to snag one of these.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5331695282/" title="Sno-Bike T's by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5045/5331695282_2f87ceea56.jpg" width="500" height="403" alt="Sno-Bike T's" /></a>

    $12 cash - Limited qty's and sizes available on race day.
    Earliest I have ever paid for my Season Passes January 2nd.
    Wow that means I'll have Extra Cash for a T-shirt then. :~)

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    The race day schedule is going to look like this -

    9-11 Set up and pre-riding

    11-12 Registration

    Noon - Captain Draft Derby

    12:15 - Draft

    12:30 - 1:00 - Race Start

    4:00 - Race Ends

    Sunset Awards

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    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5344778310/" title="this is radio pugz on pirate satellite - this is radio pugs - everybody hold on tight! by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5344778310_7541289647_z.jpg" width="484" height="640" alt="this is radio pugz on pirate satellite - this is radio pugs - everybody hold on tight!" /></a>
    In the immortal words of Maurice Tierney..."be ready for anything"

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    The Details for Saturday’s FUN on Bikes!

    TRAIL CONDITIONS

    4 inches of fresh light snow fell on Tuesday and there is a 1-3 inch prediction for Friday night into and including race time!

    SCHEDULE

    9:00 – 11:00 – Pre-Ride the course – Brown Loop (used to be the Red Loop)

    11:00 – Noon – Registration

    Noon – Captain’s Draft Derby (to determine who picks first)

    12:15 – Team Rider Draft (Team Captains pick riders like in 5th grade gym class)
    The rules of this draft will have to be very flexible. We’ll need everyone’s cooperation during this phase of the process of getting the Captain/Rider ratio, basically even.

    *In my nightmare scenario, we don’t have enough fatbikes to accommodate every rider. That is why I want every race participant to bring a mountain bike! We’ll do everything we can to get you on a fatbike team, but if we can’t……We’ll form a separate division for regular mountain bikes.

    1:00 – Race Starts – LeMans Start thru the Stunt Loop. Racers will have to carry their front tire while they run to their bikes.

    4:00 – Finish – The last Racer must cross the finish line at or before 4:00 PM - In the case that there is a tie for the total number of laps…..the tie breaker will be a Head to Head one lap Sudden Death Playoff…..or indian leg wrestling, if we’re tired of riding.

    WHAT TO BRING

    Bike – Sno-Bike (if you have one) If you don’t have a sno-bike, bring your regular mountain bike, just in case*

    Sno-Bikes should all have flat pedals installed. Ben’s Cyclery will have a limited supply of cheap flats that you can buy at the race venue. Talk to Jim at Ben’s if you want him to bring you out something special.

    EZ-Ups with Sides – (If you have One) Let’s make a circle of EZ-Ups surrounding the fire-pit. We’ll have a couple of Torpedo heaters blasting too.

    Food and Water – We can fire up the grill if people want to BBQ

    Garbage Bags – Please pack out everything that you pack in.

    CLOTHING

    Every sort of warm Cozy Winter Clothing you can find. This is not the time to skimp on what you bring out to the venue. Bring Chemical hand and foot warmers. Bring that ridiculous Christmas sweater that your Aunt Moe gave you ten years ago. Bring stuff you can ride in and stuff you can stand around and sip beer in. Bring out the big guns of your winter clothing arsenal.

    Clothing Mathematics – 5-6 hours in the great out of doors – 3 hour race – 10 minute laps with a 4 person team = riding 10 minutes + resting 30 minutes, divided by 3 hours = the number of dry base layers needed. Correct answer…..one **** ton of winter clothing.

    Bring Extra Socks, Hats, Mittens….bring it all!

    SCORING

    We….or rather you will all be manually marking your score on large posters that will be displayed in the transition area. Make sure you mark every lap (or it won’t count)


    TRAIL & PARKING PASS

    Everyone will need to purchase (either a daily or annual) trail and parking pass from the DNR-WI. There is a self pay station as you enter the Muir Parking Area. Details on fees can be found at http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/Org/land/parks/fees/

    PLEASE REMEMBER

    The trails will be open to riding and hiking during the race. Be courteous to all other trail users and be safe at all times. Give plenty of warning to folks before you pass. The purpose of this event is to have fun…..so please have FUN! We will present awards to the team that has the most fun, as well as the team that rides the most laps. Hell….we’re going to award a sweet prize for DFL too!

    In the spirit of fun, I ask that we all try to make the proverbial (herding of cats) [my job on race day] as easy as possible. We’re going for an atmosphere of organized chaos…..so a little ‘go with the flow’ would go a long way, to make this fun for everyone.

    Lakefront brewing will have a keg of their delicious beer for us to enjoy. Please drink responsibly.

    And (last but not least) If you like seeing events like this…..bring a few dollars to throw into the hat to cover our costs in running the event.

    Thanks – See you Saturday!

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    Wondering what kind of beer that Lakefront Brewery is bringing to the party....doh!, I mean race.

    Wonder no more...



    https://www.lakefrontbrewery.com/

    Trail conditions are good right now. I made first (tire) tracks out at the muir trails yesterday afternoon. The trail runners and dog walkers had first dibs on the 2.5" of snow that fell on Tuesday. There's ice under the nice layer of snow in spots out there, although I had no problem riding at a good pace with my Larry-F, Endo-R tire combo. Hitting the trail at race pace might be a different story, but we'll just have to let the cameras roll on Saturday, to find that out.

    Snow forecast is calling for an additional 1-3" of fresh snow before race time. It's supposed to snow right up until the start of the race on Saturday.

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    Assistance at race

    My bro in law are coming to this killer event to drink beer and take pics throughout the race. We can also help with any minor repairs if some riders need.
    Do you need any additional sort of assistance for the race, we'd be happy to help. This is going to be killer!

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    What about snacks and/or a potluck table?

    I can bring a table and some snacks. Anyone else care to bring some potluck dishes?

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    Lots of tables up there already.....just bring a broom to sweep the snow off.....and please bring trash bags to pack out all of the garbage.

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