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2011 EVENT Courses Info & Maps

This endurance athletic event will come to Kaslo on October 1st & 2nd, 2011.  A 2 day Multi-discipline Stage Race including XC & DH mountain biking & trail running amidst the spectacular scenery of the Selkirks in an area steeped in history.  Challenge yourself to complete one stage or compete for the Monster Challenge or Cody Quest Challenge to be the overall greatest sufferer!

There will also be a kid’s event taking place on the Kaslo River Trail.  Kids ages 13 and under will have the option of biking or running down the Kaslo River Trail on the side closest to town.  They will start from the bridge and leave one at a time at :30 second intervals.  8 & under will complete the 2k distance, 9-13 yr olds will complete a 4k course.

All races will finish on Front Street in downtown Kaslo in front of the historic Kaslo Hotel overlooking spectacular Kootenay Lake.  Front Street will be blocked off, a professional race announcer will be covering the race and a live video will be shown via large screen projector.  The finish area will be extremely exciting for all.  It will include a 10ft high wooden jump for the bikers to enter Front Street 'in the air' if they choose, putting on a show for the spectators.

Courses Info & Maps
**Please note, all areas of the course are habitat for bears, cougars, deer, elk, moose, grouse, woodpeckers and much much more... please take caution.

Kids Race100K Galena Ghost Ride40K Buchanan XC MT Bike15K Mountain Bike
50K Cody Claim Run25K True Blue Trail Run10K True Blue Trail RunMonster
Kaslo Suffer Fest™ Wall Of Fame

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Revised schedule of events - noting that there are two DH shuttles and that one leaves from Sacred Ride. Registration forms are available at Sacred Ride and Gerick's, as are volunteer sign up sheets. Check back for on-line registration too. Remember to register early to save money, as registrations after August 25th are $5 more. For more info please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Schedule of Events:
Friday Night:
XC “no drop” group rides
- Beginner – Evening Ridge, Shasta, Expresso
- Intermediate – Log Jam, Frog Jam
- Meet at Mountain Station at 5pm

DH Rides – free shuttles courtesy of Dirt Tours to Giveout Creek Trails

- 4:00 Shuttle leaving from Sacred Ride

- 5:30 Shuttle leaving from Gerick's

- First come, first Served

Fat Tire Kick Off Party: Starting at 7:30pm at Jackson’s Hole and Grill, enjoy food and drink specials and good times!

Rosemont Events: kids XC, Dirt Jump Jam, BBQ, kids activities, trials demos
10:00 sign in/registration (available for all events)
10:30 2-5 year olds race; awards
11:00 6-8 year olds race; awards
11:30 9-12 year olds race; awards
12- 2 Dirt Jump Jam
11- 2 BBQ hosted by the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skateboard Park Society; Kids Activities – bike decorating, face painting, activities courtesy of the NDCC
Downtown Events
5:00 Parade Gathering: meet in front of Gerick’s Cycle with decorated bikes
5:15 Parade Start – to Sacred Ride
5:45 Crit starts: 2-5 year olds
5:55 6-8 year olds
6:10 9-12 year olds
6:20 13-17 year olds
6:45 Women
7:10 Men
7:45 Clunker Crit – it’s free! Bring your funkiest bike and join in!
8:00 Awards (teens and adults)

Post Race party @ the Royal - they will be offering food specials and have donated prizes for the crit...even the crowd can win, so don't forget to come down and watch!

Sunday: Morning Mountain
8:00 sign-in/ registration
8:45 race instructions (@ start)
9:00 race start
11:30 race end
11:00 DH Sign on and practice runs
1:00 DH race start

We've got a kids tent and activities, so if Mom and Dad want to participate in an event, the kids will be occupied. And if you are worried about being hungry, don't be - we've got food vendors (BBQ, wraps, gelato!).

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Posted by on in How to Ride Tips and Techniques

Are you thinking of entering a mountain bike race but are not sure if you are ready or are unsure of what to expect during a race.
This article will provide you with 10 essential tips that should help you to prepare for your first race.

Let me start by saying that everyone who is serious about riding should do at least one race.
Why? It makes you a stronger rider by pushing you in ways that other rides will not.

What should you expect and what should you do to prepare for your first race?

1) Pick a race that is far out enough to allow you time to prepare. - Give yourself a minimum of three months to get ready (
See Tip 2 Get Fit)

2) Get Fit -
Establish a Base: Allow a month or two of long rides of 2 or more hours 3 times a week other rides can be recovery rides.
Add Intensity: After you get a base add intervals to build intensity. Two weeks before your race do a practice run at near race pace. The week of the race begin to taper. Decrease ride lengths but still have some short intense efforts to keep legs fresh.

3) Hone your Skills - Practice the skills necessary to confidently ride the race of your choice. Expect to encounter logs, rock gardens, quick transitions, switchbacks, and steep descents.
Work on maintaining speed and flow. Try not to get bogged down in the rough stuff.

4) Make sure your bike is race ready - Ensure that your bike is in proper working order especially shifting (a finicky derailleur can ruin your day), braking, and tires.
Lube your chain and shifter cables. Inflate tires depending on conditions: If hard pack tires can be firmer. If wet or muddy conditions run a little less pressure. Tubeless tires will enable you to run less pressure and still avoid pinch flats.

5) Get the right Gear - Baggy shorts and a loose fitting tee may be okay for a quick trail ride and some beers with your buds but, on race day you will be better off with Lycra shorts (preferably bib shorts) and a form fitting bike shirt with three back pockets and a 3/4 front zipper to keep you cool. You can use a camelback but I would suggest traveling as light as possible an extra five pounds on you back can get pretty heavy after an hour and 1/2 of hard pedaling.

6) Get your race routine ready - Know what you will eat on race day from breakfast to post race. Too much and you will feel sick. Too little and you may bonk. Know what you will eat and drink during the race and pick points on the course where you will eat and drink. Have a post race recovery drink and sandwich waiting as well. Make sure you get your bike ready the night before: Lube the chain and cables, pump your tires, check shock pressure. Then put your pumps, tools, and lube in your car in case you need anything on race day. Lay out your race kit the night before and pack post race clothes as well as something to cleanup with. (I find that wintergreen alcohol a towel and a gallon jug of water will do the trick)
Fill your water bottles the night before. The less you have to worry about on race day the better. By being organized and prepared you will feel more confident and calm on the day of your race.

7) You will need a one day license and money for the entry fee this will run you between 25-40 for both. If you know that you will be doing a series or more than a few races apply for a license at
USA Cycling for $60 you can race any Domestic event (race fee not included) and you receive quite a few discounts with USA Cycling affiliate partners as well.

8) Expect race time to be between 45-2 hours in duration depending on your class. The Beginner races are usually around 5-8 miles where sport races are about 10-15 miles.

9) Get to the race venue about an 1-1/2 to 2 hours before. Register online to save some additional time. You will still need to fill out a waiver at the race and you will want to be warmed up before you go off. You should be on the start line with a light sweat but feeling energized. Despite what some people may say do not ride the entire course on a race day. Ride 5-10 minutes of the beginning of the course and the end. This should be enough time to warm-up without fatiguing yourself up and enable you to review your start and finish strategy.
*Note you should ride the race course the week before the race or be familiar with it.

10) A winner never quits and a quitter never wins: Unless you are injured or you bike is broken do not quit. If you are pushing yourself hard you will probably want to quit but, dig deep and finish strong.

11) Don't Take yourself too seriously and remember to have fun it's "only a race".

When your done you should feel good about yourself Congratulations you just competed in your first mountain bike race - Well done.

Warning: Racing may be addictive!


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