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Desert RATS MTB Classic

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Desert RATS MTB Classic
Fruita, CO
May 12, 2018


“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 water bottles.”

“The course and scenery are great.”

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

All categories are now timed races!

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 MTB Classic. The 50K & 100K endurance mountain bike races are challenging tests of stamina. 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 courses cover 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 100K race will have five well stocked aid stations along the course. Every racer that finishes the 100K in less than 6hrs receives a “Gonzo” finisher’s award, we’ll have a sub-10hr “Enduro” award, and three deep awards in men’s and women’s categories. The 50K racers will have three aid stations and will receive a finisher’s memento and age group awards. 50K racers will also have 10hrs 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.

Race Categories
50K & 100K: Sport: Under 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+, Single Speed
100K Only: Pro/Open

Racer check-in and Post Race Awards
Racer check-in will be at the Summit Canyon Mountaineering and the post race awards ceremony/party will be at a Kannah Creek West in Fruita, CO.

Pre Race
There will be packet pick-up/registration on Friday evening at Summit Canyon Mountaineering, 461 Main Street in Grand Junction, as well as Saturday morning at the Start/Finish area. All racers picking up their packet on Friday night must still check in at the start line no later than 10min prior to the start of the race. Drop bags can be brought to racer check-in the evening before the race and will be brought to the Westwater Aid Station.

Awards/Party
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each category (all Relay Teams are in the one category).

Customized dog tag awards will be awarded 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 and all 50K and Relay racers will receive a 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.


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Awards/Party
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each category (all Relay Teams are in the one category).

Customized dog tag awards will be awarded 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 and all 50K and Relay racers will receive a 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.

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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 (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. There are a number of ways to cut out sections of the course to get yourself back to the Finish Area and 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 if necessary, when vehicles become available. This is not an event where we leave you hanging. Be sure to tell a race official when you drop out; we will be out there until every racer is accounted for.

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 medical personnel.

Drop Bags
Drop bags can be brought to racer check-in at Summit Canyon Mountaineering the evening before the race. Make sure that the drop bag has your name on it. Drop bags will be transported to the Westwater Aid Station (50K – 16.6mi / 100K – 30.3mi). 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 and drink 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). Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.

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
9:30a – Zion Curtain #1
11:00a – Zion Curtain #2
12:00p – Westwater Turnaround
1:00p – cut-off for 100K 6 hour Gonzo award
1:30p – Zion Curtain #3
3:30p – Zion Curtain #4
5:00p – cut-off for 10 hour Enduro Finisher’s Award
5:00p- cut-off for 50K

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

Aid Stations
Food and drink may be supplied to any racer, by anyone at the Westwater aid station only. A strict Leave No Trace policy will be implemented

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, gels, sports drink and E-caps.
  • Westwater aid station (30.3)
    Crew will be allowed at this aid station. There will be toilet facilities and racers will be given water, Skittles, bananas, gels, sports drink and 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, gels, sports drink, and E-caps.
  • Westwater aid station (16.6)
    There will be toilet facilities and racers will provided water, Skittles, bananas, Hammer Gel, Heed, Tailwind, Honey Stinger and E-caps.

Course

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 5 aid stations for the 100K and 3 aid stations for the 50K.

100K
Total 60.6mi

Start to Zion Curtain Aid Station #1 (10.6mi) – Rolling terrain with some deep sand, rolling hills and the occasional rock garden.

Zion Curtain Aid #2 (24.3mi) – 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 (30.3mi) – This section starts with a short (maybe rideable) 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 Aid Station Turnaround to Zion Curtain Aid Station #3 (36.3mi) – 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 Aid Station #4 (50.0mi) to Finish – 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.

50K
Total 33.2 mi

Start to Zion Curtain Aid Station #1 (10.6mi) – Rolling terrain with some deep sand, rolling hills and the occasional rock garden.

Zion Curtain to Westwater Aid Station Turnaround (16.6mi) – This section starts with a short (maybe rideable) 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 Aid Station Turnaround to Zion Curtain Aid Station #3 (22.6mi) – 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 to Finish – The challenge isn’t over until you ride the last 10.6mi of rolling hills and rocky terrain back to the finish line.

Start/Finish Rabbit Valley Trailhead Parking Lot.
From I-70, take Exit 2 for Rabbit Valley (about 17mi west of Fruita).
Turn South, continue about 1/2mi 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.

Schedule


Friday:
6:30-8:00p – Packet Pick-Up at Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Grand Junction (drop bags will be collected here)

Saturday:
5:30-6:30a – Race Day Registration, Packet Pick-Up at Start Line
6:50a – Pre-Race Check-In & Meeting (mandatory for all racers)
7:00a – 100K and 50K Races begin
1:00p – Cut-Off for 6 hour Gonzo award
5:00p – Cut-Off for 10 hour Enduro finisher’s award
5:00p – Cut-Off for 50K race
6:00p – Awards, Beer, and Wings at Kannah Creek West in Fruita

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Results

Course Records

Desert RATS Classic 50K Mountain Bike Race Course Records
Male: 2017 Ryan KOHLER 02:27:30

Female: 2017 Renee LOCKEY 02:51:06

Desert RATS Classic 100K Mountain Bike Race
Male: 2017 Colby LASH 04:58:28

Female: Micki Harris, Arvada, CO 6:48:23

Desert RATS Classic 100 Mountain Bike Relay
2016 – Male (2 person team): Folie A Deux TEAM, Cotopaxi, CO 8:57:01

2017 Results

2016 Results

2015 Results

2014 Results

2013 Results

2012 Results

2011 Results

Course Records

Desert RATS Classic 50K Mountain Bike Race Course Records
Male: 2017 Ryan KOHLER 02:27:30

Female: 2017 Renee LOCKEY 02:51:06

Desert RATS Classic 100K Mountain Bike Race
Male: 2017 Colby LASH 04:58:28

Female: Micki Harris, Arvada, CO 6:48:23

Desert RATS Classic 100 Mountain Bike Relay
2016 – Male (2 person team): Folie A Deux TEAM, Cotopaxi, CO 8:57:01

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