Lone Peak's Revenge 2014 Technical Guide PDF Print E-mail
Written by GAS Team   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:00

**2014 RESULTS**






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From the Enduro World Series Rulebook (used here for inspiration):

"Enduro mountain bike racing is designed to be the definitive test for the mountain biker, with the focus of each event on creating a great atmosphere, community, competition and adventure for the competitor, including the best riding on the best terrain available in the host region”

How does it work?

The race course consists of a series of sequential stages.  There are timed “special stages” which are primarily descending and non-timed “liaison stages” that are primarily climbing and used to link the special stages.

The cumulative time from the “special stages” for each racer determines the final results.  While the liaison stages are not timed, racers must complete the entire race course in a designated amount of time (TBD).  The time limit will be set to encourage a social climbing pace, with time for short breaks between stages to refuel, but will require a good base level of aerobic fitness.  The race will begin with a mass start on a non-timed liaison stage.  Riders will depart from the time checkpoint at the start of each special stage at their discretion (with approval from the timer).  Each rider’s special stage start and finish time will be recorded by timing volunteers.  Faster riders should generally descend first.  Riders who are caught on a special stage should yield the track to the faster rider in a safe and quick manner.  Overtaking riders should announce their presence well ahead of time and the side that they plan to pass on.

What are the trails like?

The race will take place on the trails and service roads at Big Sky Resort.  The mountain bike trails at Big Sky are steep, rocky, and technical.  The rocks can be sharp and the trails can be loose.  The descents will feature a mix of roots, rock gardens, high speed singletrack, switchbacks, manicured berms, tight twisty sections, and steeps.  Climbs will include service road and singletrack ranging from smooth and mellow to hike-a-bike steep and rough.  Elevations will range from ~7200’ to 9200’.

Categories and course lengths:

There will be two course lengths depending on category.  Juniors and amateurs will race a course featuring a total of 2000-3000 feet of elevation change and include 3-4 timed special stages.  For riders looking for a more formidable challenge, the pro/open course will consist of the short course plus an additional 1-2 timed special stages, totalling 4000-5000 feet of elevation change.  The additional stages of the pro course will be steeper and more technical to put ambitious riders to the test.  Note: this is not a USAC race, and riders are welcome to compete on either course.  If you think the long course might be a bit too much, or just want to give enduro a try, then the short course is your best bet.  If you’re looking to challenge yourself against a demanding course and the best riders is the region, then the pro/open category is for you.

Bike and equipment choice:

A full suspension trail bike with 5-6” inches of travel should be ideal.  Longer travel bikes with gearing to climb will work, but will suck precious energy on the transfer stages and pedaling sections of the special stages.   On the other hand, expert bike handlers will be able to get away with an XC bike, but doing so will require serious finesse in the steep and technical sections.  The ability to lower the saddle via dropper seat post or a quick release clamp is highly recommended. The same frame, fork, and wheel combination must be used on all stages. The trails at Big Sky are notorious for shredding tires, so don’t skimp in this area!  Downhill or full UST tubeless casings are recommended.  A helmet is required to be worn at all times when moving on the course. A full face helmet is not required but is a good idea.  If you don’t want to wear the full face on the climbs, then bring an XC helmet to wear on the climbs and stow the other helmet on your pack.  Elbow, knee, and other padding is not required but is recommended.  In general, plan on being self-sufficient.

From the Enduro World Series Rulebook (used here for inspiration):

“Each rider must be self-sufficient during the entire duration of the race. Personal responsibility and self-sufficiency are a large part of the spirit of enduro racing and riders are encouraged to carry adequate equipment foroperating in mountainous environments. Each rider should remember that they are solely responsible for themselves but should also help other competitors on course where possible."

It is strongly recommended that all competitors carry:

  • Suitable backpack
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Emergency blanket
  • Innertubes/ puncture repair kit
  • Multi tool
  • Basic, well maintained first aid kit
  • Map
  • Food and fluids
  • Eye protection (glasses or goggles)”

What is provided for riders?

Neutral water, Hammer Nutrition HEED electrolyte sports drink, and Hammer Gels will be provided at the base, allowing riders to refuel after stages that finish in the base area.  A limited number of tools will be available at the base as well for riders to make simple repairs or adjustments.  Free food and beer will be provided after the race along with some great raffle prizes.