And Now We Wait...

50 miles out and back. Start/Finish in the heart of Leadville @ 10,200’. 90%+ dirt or double track dirt roads. Steep climbs: serious descents. 7 mile climb to the 50 mile turnaround at 12,600 ft. Approximately 14,000’ elevation gain. Greater than 65% average finish rate under the 12 hour limit. Excellent support stations.

Race mementos and t-shirts to all entrants. Under 9 hours – handcrafted gold and silver trophy belt buckle, under 12 hours – handcrafted silver belt buckle. A medal to all finishers and a hooded sweatshirt to finishers under 12 hours. Fantastic awards for gender and age group top finishers. Unique ore cart trophy to the first male and female finisher. Awards ceremony Sunday.

And no, I didn't forget the stamp but thanks for asking.

Also, I should mention for those looking to race in the PNW area, the online registration for the Test of Metal in British Columbia begins at 6pm on January 1st (PST) and they expect to fill all 800 slots in the first hour. Entering may prove more difficult than the race. The same might be said for the Cascade Creampuff 100 in Oregon too which opens registration on January 22nd.

Still no word on registration info for the Ore Crusher race in Squamish. That race is scheduled for May 10th and is the first let of the Squamish Triple Crown series. You can begin registering for GearJammer, the third race in that series, on March 1st. Find info for all three races (including the Test of Metal) right here.

Lastly, the Spokane 24-hour race will be May 24-25th in 2008, but there's no further info available just yet. I was in a conversation on MTBR with one of the race directors and let it be known that the race entry for solo riders was too high considering we can't partake in any of the amenities they offer (too busy racing). I know others feel the same too, especially compared to cheaper events such as the Coolest 24 in Cool, CA. Hopefully they come down off that $250 entry fee for solos this year. I doubt they will though, after all they're the only show in the PNW (outside of Whistler) now that the Oakridge 12/24 hour race has been terminated.


NobbyNick said...

Whoo hoo! I can't quite talk myself into endurance racing yet, but it is sure is fun to read your reports.



Doug Walsh said...

Thanks Nick. I won't find out if I got in or not until February 8th or so, but it will be fun waiting for the lottery results.