Ya’ll ready to send our 2nd season hosting Mini-Enduro racing?
New to the Enduro format?
Enduro is a form of Mountain bike racing in which there is a number of timed downhill sections of trail, and a number of uphill transfer stages, which are not timed, but might have time limits to complete (but not in our case)
Since this format of racing takes longer to complete we have capped the number of participants.
Registration will close on Sunday evening.
All registered racers new to the series are required to purchase and use a 2017 MidWeeKMTB race plate; we will assign a race plate number depending on selected race division. Those who’ve raced during the 2017 series will use their existing MidWeekMTB race plate (don’t forget it!).
MidWeekMTB Waiver (all racer must have completed our waiver ONCE during the 2017 season) Download 2017 MidWeekMTB Waiver
Deer Valley Resort Waiver (completed by Sunday Evening)- (all racers must have completed Deer Valley’s online wavier ONCE during the 2017 season. If you’ve already ridden lifts there this season, you’ve probably filled this online form out. Deer Valley Online Waiver
Race Division (MORE CRITICAL THIS YEAR)
New race participants will be contacted regarding race division prior to race day. Those who have previously participated in a 2017 MidWeekMTB race will participate under their current division unless otherwise stated.
Pro and Expert divisions will ride 3 stages with 2 transfers.
The middle stage is more technical and open only to Pro + Expert divisions.
Sport, Masters and Beginners will ride 2 stages with 1 transfer.
Racers have until Sunday afternoon to change their participating division.
NO ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE MADE AFTER SUNDAY
If you want to change divisions, contact us asap
Divisions: Pro Men, Expert Men 35+, Expert Men 34-, Pro/Expert Women, Sport Men 35+, Sport Men 34-, Master Co-Ed, Sport Women and Beginner.
Depending on rider ability, the course may require you to dismount and walk, and that’s okay! Its good to be challenged, and it’s even better to acknowledge your limitations. If you do dismount BE VERY CONSCIOUS of approaching/descending participants & give them the right of way.
Do to the nature of the evening, there will be NO KIDS 12&Under event. Sorry 🙁
Parking – Carpool
We’ll have 200 participants and there is just over 100 parking spaces… PLEASE CARPOOL. There is underground parking, and after underground parking is full, racers may park on the street as necessary. We’ll have a couple of volunteers helping direct you, just ask one if you’re unsure. If you haven’t been up to Silver Lake this year, the outdoor parking lot is no more.
Deer Valley Resort – Silver Lake Village – Map Location
Check-in / Race Day
The registration table will open at approx 3pm on Tuesday, July 19th and be located near the Sterling chairlift at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Village. ALL participants are required to check-in & pick-up their RFID chip for timing, pick-up race plate (if a new participant), sign-in and ensure both Deer Valley and MidWeekMTB liability waivers have been completed.
RFID Chip Care
Do not bend, fold, puncture or get RFID sticker wet or timing may not function. Remove your plates prior to cleaning your bike. If you lose your plate with the RFID chip, replacement is $15.
First wave will head-out at 5pm.
Your chosen/assigned race division will determine your exact start time. Each division will only slightly vary on start times.
What To Expect
After climbing the 1st transfer, racers will wait to be sent down stage one by one from the timing director at the stage start line. Racers will be sent every 30 seconds. This will offer a good “racer to racer” buffer while keeping the pace moving. 30 seconds to 1 minute is the average racer gap in Enduro Racing. Racers will descend in front or behind like division participants.
Narrated POV of course below
Deer Valley’s Snack Shack is going to extend hours to 8:30pm. They offer great food at very reasonable prices. They make some killer Carnitas Tacos and will offer their Signature Deer Valley Ice Cream Sandwiches, cold tall boys and plenty of other tasty items. Snack Shack Menu
Overtaking or being overtaken is very straight forward and whatever the level of race, there’s no excuse for getting frustrated. If you want to pass a rider, let them know you’re there by shouting “Rider”, then pass with communication when it’s safe. They might be slower than you but they’re probably involved in their own personal race against a group of buddies or for a different podium, so let them find a safe spot. Look for somewhere safe to pass and let them know what side you’re about to pass on – surprising often results in unexpected and undesirable outcomes. If you are being overtaken, simply pull over to a safe area as soon as it’s safe then get back on the pedals once the rider has passed – don’t be a rolling road block.
STAGE Start Rules
One foot must remain planted on the ground until the 00:00 display and the start buzzer sounds. A time penalty of 30 seconds will be issued to any rider who lifts their foot prior to the buzzer sounding when starting either downhill stage. That means NO TRACK STANDS.
Stick around, as this year we are stoked to award podiums after the race. Bingham Cyclery has some killer prizes to award, including some strong presence from G-Form.
Since we are crossing participants from XC to an Enduro format, I wanted to help curb any concerns regarding bikes or the likes. I have completed the course on a hardtail and my plush Yeti 5.5, both steeds offer you fun, but of course, the squish is appreciated at higher speeds. Will you have more fun on a FS bike? Possibly, but that’s up to you, what you’re currently riding and what your riding style & preference is. Do you need pads, a full-face helmet & goggles? Again, that is up to you and what makes you feel comfortable. A proper helmet and closed-toed shoes are the only safety requirement from operations.
Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the End’O’Venue raffle. We’ve got some killer items to give away in thanks to these guys, especially knowing that White Pine Touring is the venue sponsor! All participants will receive a ticket to win after the race. The raffle will commence upon the last participant to cross the finish line. So come prepared to hang-out.
As mentioned above, the course varies dependant the division you have selected. Pro + Expert divisions will have 3 DH stages and 2 Transfers (no lifts, your bikes have drivetrains). Sport, Masters and Beginners will ride 2 DH stages and 1 Transfer. The 1st Transfer for all will be a grunt, up to the Silver Lake Meadow.
During lift operating hours (10am-5pm) this is a downhill only, please do not ride up when lifts are spinning! The route will take riders up the stout Homeward Bound double switches under the Sterling lift, continuing on up Homeward Bound’s double track, after the last 2bl track hump riders will merge left onto Holy Roller for a couple turns (the old S-track was eaten up), Then we’ll merge onto Deer Camp single track and take it to the meadow where the the start of stage 1 is located.
Stage 1 starts at the top of SuperG Trees, runs through all of SuperG, once intersecting Ontario Road 2bl track, make a quick right and burst up for a short 100ft climb, then make a left to hop onto Twist & Shout, rally Twist & Shout down to the intersection with Nail Driver (the road), where this year we’ll then peel up for a quick jaunt and ride Holy Roller for a couple turns down the meadow.
Pro + Expert Only – Transfer 2
Ride the road up, pretty straight forward… and up 😉
Pro + Expert Only – Stage 2
Riders will drop down Aspen Salamon for a twisty descent with technical turns, helping to spread the time gap between those riders who can bomb and those who are savvy bike handlers. About 1/3 the way down, the course bends left at an intersection and takes Freestyle to the stage finish, just as riders exit the trees.
Stage 3 – All Divisions
The last stage will start in the meadow, near the Nastar race building. The start will carry through a brief maze and roll off and down into the start of Fireswamp, a sharp left onto double-track, before sending it down a loose and steep descent into the dark and forested Fireswamp trail. The last stage will finish after exiting the trees before hitting the double track.
Narrated POV done-up by the Highliners MTB team