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Overview

100K Endurance Mountain Bike Race &  50K Fat Tire Ride  

Fruita, CO  May 09, 2015

“Happy positive staff. I mean how often in a race do you pull up to an aid station and have at least 2 staff members offer to hand you food and fill your waterbottles.”

“The course and scenery are great.”

“Grilled cheese made all the difference. It really hit the spot after the race. Its the little things.”

“The Zion curtain was undoubtedly the highlight of the course.”

 

On the western slope of Colorado, the famous Kokopelli Trail winds its way through sagebrush, ledgy slickrock, winding double track, sandy washes, fast jeep trails and crosses the state line toward Moab, Utah. This trail is the site of the Desert RATS Classic. The 100 kilometer endurance mountain bike race is a challenging 61 miles test of stamina and includes the beatiful 13 mile Zion Curtain Loop Trail.  Or you can ride the 50K supported mountain bike ride which is a fun out and back on the rugged Kokopelli Trail. Held in May, it’s a great early season test of fitness and a great reason to keep training through the winter and early spring. The course is equally well suited for geared bikes and single speeds and covers a wide variety of terrain including challenging technical terrain, grueling climbs, fast flats and tricky descents.

This event is challenging and should not be taken lightly. While it is not designed for the casual rider, you can finish with focused and adequate training. The race will have five well – stocked aid stations along the course. Every racer that finishes in less than 6 hours receives a “Gonzo” finisher’s award, we’ll have a sub 10 hour “Enduro” award, and three deep awards in men’s and women’s categories.  The non timed riders will have three aid stations and will receive a finisher’s memento. Fat Tire Riders will have 10 hours to complete the course.

While weather is never a sure thing, typically in the Fruita and Moab area at this time of year, you can expect temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees with very little chance of rain.

Details

Race Categories

Pro/Open

Sport:

Under 29

30-39

40-49

50+

Single Speed

Tandem

Racer check-in and Post Race Awards

Racer check-in and the post race awards ceremony/party location TBA in Fruita, CO.

Pre Race/Fat Tire Ride procedures

There will be packet pick-up/registration on Friday evening location TBA and Saturday morning at the start/finish area. All racers picking up their packet on Friday night must check in at the start line no later than 20 minutes prior to the start of the race.   Drop bags can be brought to racer check-in the evening before the race.

Awards

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each category (except tandem category). Finishers mementos will be given to all finishers as they cross the finish line. “Gonzo” finisher’s awards will be given to anyone finishing the 100K in less than 6 hours.  “Enduro” finisher’s awards will be given to 100K racers completing the course between 6 and 10 hours.  All 50K finishers will receive a Fat Tire Finisher’s award.

Placer’s awards will be distributed at the awards ceremony Saturday night. Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.

Weather

While the weather is never a sure thing, typically in the Fruita and Moab area/s at this time of year, you can expect temperatures between 65-75 degrees with very little chance of rain.

Crews

Crews will be allowed at the Westwater aid station/s (parking is only allowed on the west side of the road). Crews will not be allowed at the Zion Curtain aid station/s.

Dropping Out
While we would love for there to be no drop outs, we understand that it happens. Please be self-aware and acknowledge your body’s needs, as you will most likely be the first to know. It is always an option to take a break for however long you need within the cut-offs.  We will assist with transportation to the finish line, for those that need it, when vehicles become available. This is not an event where we leave you hanging.

Bibs

Racers must display their race numbers at all times.   Medical There will be radio contact available, all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters and a medical personnel.

Drop Bags

Drop bags can be brought to racer check-in (location TBA) in Fruita the evening before the race. Make sure that the drop bag has your name on it. Drop bags will be transported to the Westwater Turnaround location. Note that drop bags will not be returned to the start/finish line until all the racers have been through the turnaround and the aid station has been closed.

Aid Station

Food/Drink Water and food may be supplied to any racer, by anyone at the Westwater aid station only. A strict Leave No Trace policy will be implemented. Race management will supply aid stations with water, sports drink, energy gels, and trash receptacles along the course (see “Aid Station” for details on aid station food).

Local Laws

Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.

Staying on Course

Racers must stay on the designated course. Any racer that goes off the designated course (i.e. shortcutting) will result in a disqualification.

Unforeseeable Circumstances

In the case of unforeseeable circumstances due to weather or other extenuating circumstances that prevents the safe continuation of the race, race officials may end the race at any given time. This rule will be implemented in the most extreme cases for the safety of the racers or officials.

Finish/Cut-Offs

9:30 am – Zion Curtain #1

11:00 am – Zion Curtain #2

12:00 pm – Westwater Turnaround

1:00 pm – cut-off for 100K 6 hour Gonzo award

1:30 pm – Zion Curtain #3

3:30 pm – Zion Curtain #4

5:00 pm – cut-off for 10 hour Enduro finisher’s award

5:15 pm- cut-off for 50K Fat Tire Ride

Aid Stations

100K Aid Stations

  • Zion Curtain aid #1 (10.6), #2 (24.3), #3 (36.3), #4 (50)

Racers will be supplied with water, Skittles, potato chips, peanut butter and jelly rolls, Coke, oranges, bananas, cookies, Hammer Gel, Heed and E-caps.

  • Westwater aid station (30.3)

Crew will be allowed at this aid station. There will be toilet facilities and racers will given water, Skittles, bananas, Hammer Gel, Heed, E-caps.

50K Aid Stations

  • Zion Curtain #1 aid station (10.6), #2 (16.6)

Racers will be supplied with water, Skittles, potato chips, peanut butter and jelly rolls, Coke, oranges, bananas, cookies, Hammer Gel, Heed and E-caps.

  • Westwater aid station (16.6)

There will be toilet facilities and racers will provided water, Skittles, bananas, Hammer Gel, Heed, E-caps.

Course/Directions

Exit #2 off I-70 at the Rabbit Valley Exit

This event is run on the world famous Kokopelli and classic Zion Curtain trails. This section has a wonderful mix of technical singletrack trail, big climbs and heinous descents, and even some jeep roads.  This is an out and back course with a total of five aid stations for the race and three aid stations for the Fat Tire Ride.

Total 98km (60.6 miles)

Start to Zion Curtain Aid Station (10.6 miles)   – Rolling terrain with some deep sand, rolling hills and the occasional rock garden.

Zion Curtain Loop (24.3 miles) Right out of the aid station you will begin a steep loose climb.

The challenge will be topping out without dismounting.  I DON’T BELIEVE IT CAN BE DONE!

Zion Curtain to Westwater aid station turnaround (30.3 miles) This section starts with a short (maybe ridable) climb where you will gain over 400′ in just over a half mile. After a short easy section to catch your breath you will begin the technical ledgey descent off the mesa.

Westwater turnaround to Zion Curtain Aid Station (36.3 miles)  – The ledgey technical ascent will give way to to a nice flowy trail right before you drop down the steep half mile descent to the Zion Curtain aid station. You will need to keep your bike under control as there may be riders coming up that same section of trail.

Zion Curtain Loop (50 miles) – You will ride this loop in reverse with the flat section at the start. This is a strenuous section with a steep treacherous section (most will have to dismount) at the start of the descent to end the loop.

Directions:

Start/finish

Rabbit Valley Trailhead parking lot.

From I-70, take Exit 2, for Rabbit Valley (about 17 miles west of Fruita). Turn South, continue about 1/2 mile past the large staging area, turn left to the next parking area where there are restroom facilities.

Access to Westwater Aid Station:  Follow I-70 westbound into Utah. Take Westwater exit #227. Drive south for about 4 miles to intersection with the Kokopelli Trail. Aid Station will be on the left. Park along the road or as otherwise directed.

Map of Course

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Schedule

Friday:

7:00 pm- 8:00 pm – Packet pick-up location TBA (drop bags will be collected here)

Saturday:

5:30-6:30 am – race day registration, packet pick-up at start line

6:40 am – pre race check-in and meeting (mandatory for all racers)

7:00 am – 100K race begins

7:15 am- 50K Fat Tire Ride begins

1:00 pm – cut-off for 6 hour Gonzo award

5:00 pm – cut-off for 10 hour Enduro finisher’s award

5:15 pm- cut-off for 50K Fat Tire Ride

6:00 pm – awards – location TBA with hot food

Registration

2014 Classic Racer Manual

Cost:

100K Race:

Early (until January 1st)- $95

Standard (until March 15)– $105

Late– $115

Event Weekend– $125

50K Fat Tire Ride

Early (until January 1st)- $50

Standard (until March 15)- $60

Late- $70

Event Weekend- $80

Entry fees include: on course support, place winner awards, shirts (or other race memento), aid station goodies, a finisher’s memento and post-race refreshments.

 

 

Cost:

100K Race:

Early (until January 1st)- $95

Standard (until March 15)– $105

Late– $115

Event Weekend– $125

50K Fat Tire Ride

Early (until January 1st)- $50

Standard (until March 15)- $60

Late- $70

Event Weekend- $80

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