Next Race: We are looking towards mid August for the Event, While it will be fit between MANY Alberta offroad Events, We still have to work around the many health regulations/restrictions we may face.
Terrain Description: Half the course is flowy fast awesome single track with tough hill-climbs and descents. The Other half is fairly technical Expert Level Terrain with Rocks larger than cars and extremely steep hills and descents. High-siding will not be good in any way. There is Friend Zone Hill, which has its name for a reason, be kind.
Racetrack Format: The event is planned for a for a 1 day qualifier with possible night race loop that will determine your Row start. 7 Riders per Row, Dead Engine, 10 Seconds Between Rows (you will have a time penalty based on your qualifying time)
If we need to based on gathering restrictions, we will adjust the event as required.
Based on what I have heard from our international Canadian riders it will be like Romaniacs terrain and hills with transfer sections to endless Rock gardens (the original one took midpack experts 30-45min to get through, This years event will be a 1-2Hour Rock section, not including the added hill climbs) I have been told riders need a “break” in the past. You will get a few seconds.
Categories: It looks like It will be Gold, Silver Bronze, Team, Vintage. Possibly Iron Class. You must Qualify for the Gold loop which is the super gnarly stuff.
Teams May be Split between Gold Team, and Silver Team for the group that wants to challenge themselves. Everyone Does the original Maze Runner Course Except Vintage. Gold gets really challenging sections which few will actually enjoy.
Average Daily Riding Time: DAY 1 Qualifying will be 1-2 Hours Day, with a 1 Possible hour Night Event.
Day 2 will be anywhere from 5-8 hours depending on the format we choose and if we want to run into the Evening with Lights Ending on the qualifying course for spectators and timeout competitors to watch the Gold Class. Its looking like if you fall off Pace of the Leader You will be timeout and disqualified, this is for safety of the Rider and our Sweepers
Racetrack markings: The Track will use a unique ribbon and KM markers, along with Mandatory Checks both Manned and Unmanned. Unless otherwise discussed, missing ANY check will be either a disqualification or a severe time penalty.
GPS Mandatory: Using or having a GPS on you while racing, walking/riding the course prior to the event or otherwise is an immediate disqualification. Racers are to follow RIBBONS/MARKINGS and directions, not trails or previous race courses, Varying from the markings, or gates by a few feet can have severe consequences. Additionally if any racer is found on any of our trail cameras or Tracking equipment prior to the event, they will be disqualified from racing or face a severe time penalty.
Entry Fee: It’s looking like Under $200 Canadian For the event which includes any licensing you may be required for our insurance.
Championship-Race: There is talk of a Hard Enduro series in Alberta and possibly Western Canada, but for not a standalone, Most likely a 2022 thing unless I can wrangle some old Masters to whip up some nasty terrain for some more rounds. (theres over 20 offroad events in Alberta from May – September, its very jam packed).
Race History: 2018 was the first official event with Hard Enduro, in 2019 We needed a break as our crew put on 3 large Cross Country Events every year, for over 10 years and were quite burned out.
Then 2020 Happened of course, so we got a lot of drinking and trail riding in.
Normal/Expected Attendance: 113 Adults Raced Saturday with 87 on Sunday For Kids/Ladies for 2018. However We have since abandoned long weekends as School/Hockey usually started. But now, we have no idea what could happen on that weekend. Other race weekends events average 200-250 Total
Nearest Civilisation: Sundre Alberta is the Closest City With a Hotel and Services, Edson a Larger town is only 30min From there. The race site is 45min From the cities.
Nearest International Airport: Calgary is about 2hr and 180KM from the race site, with about 40km being gravel.
Rental Motorcycles: We are in the process of getting rentals and shop support for rent and on site service. Most of which is fairly new in Alberta unless you snowbike.
We would like to keep a 3-4 day bike rental under $1500 Plus parts for competitors and have most brands available. Additionally we hope to have trailers for rent at the site for accommodations.
Race License: The entry fee covers all race entry costs. We may have to increase $20CDN if we need to supply fuel to keep pits down to a minimal size for restrictions we may have.
Motorcycle Conditions: All bikes must be registered and insured, We do the paperwork to ensure lights are not required for the event only, However are required for the night sections.
Typical Weather: Always sunny and 20c. Joking aside, In august the “average” is 10-15C in day with the odd showers. However its not uncommon for a blizzard to happen in Mid July or August with a monsoon 2 day rain storm prior. If it rains or snows for the event, Good luck I guess?
A: The race itself isolated in mountains, we will have spectating areas close that will incorporate as much as possible. The Extreme Hard Enduro Section is quite a ways from camp, due to logistics we cant get the average foot traffic there, YET, However we plan to have extensive Camera Coverage on the fun sections that we can bring back to camp.
West 45min of the race is a large government horse ranch and area with amazing scenery and walks with waterfalls. If coming from eastern Canada. Stop by the Torrington Gopher Museum. Its the best $2 you can spend for a cheap laugh, dont put the gopher head on.
Disclaimer: The above info is supplied directly by the organisers on January 9th 2021. However, always make sure to do your own research if planning on attending this race, as the info could be out-dated.