Wicked Winter AR and Navigation Race - 2 events to choose from! The Wicked Winter AR is a 5hr Adventure Race with either Fat-Tire Biking or Ski Touring, and Snowshoeing. Don't want to hassle with a bike, or looking for a shorter adventure? The Wicked Winter 3hr Navigation Race will be a snowshoe rogaine.
This will be a fun race during the day out on the snow. Racers will start out on Fat-TIre Bikes or Skis to the Remote Transition Area (TA), navigating by map along the way to find Checkpoints. At the TA, they'll transition to snowshoes and trek around in the snow continuing to find Checkpoints. After the remote snowshoe trekking section, they'll bike or ski back to the HQ for a fast and exciting finish.
There will be a single Remote Transition Area (TA) on this course. We will transport one team gear duffel bag to and from the remote TA, but you must carry your snowshoes with you. They can't be put in your TA bag. NOTE: no hard-case bins, please use a duffel/gym bag, any size allowed. No water in TA bag.
We'll be offering $5 Snowshoe Rentals (while supplies last), available for pick-up right at the start line. How convenient is that! Just select during On-Line Registration.
Here's some info to help you with your decision, and what to expect:
Course: The Bike/Ski portion will all be on forest service roads, with CPs 5-20m off the road. The Snowshoe section will be utilize some forest service roads, but will be on mostly untracked snow.
Fat Tire Biking: We rented fat tire bikes a couple weeks ago and tried it out on the snow-covered roads. There was about 4-6 in of new snow on top of snowmobiled trails.
- Biking on the snowmobile trails that had been traversed many times was fairly easily, but still rather slow, not fast by any means.
- Biking on a single snowmobile trail was challenging, as the front tire would easily venture outside the sled track, then plunge in the soft snow, and we'd pitch over. Then trying to get started again, while staying in the sled path, was really challenging. We walked plenty on these areas. However, most, if not all of both bike sections will be along wide packed roads with multiple snowmobile tracks, and riding should be fairly easy.
- Biking on fresh snow/off-trail was nearly impossible.
Skiing: The terrain is probably a bit hillier than you'd get on a x-country area, but not as steep as ski resort, for obvious avalanche/safety reasons. Going in is uphill, coming out is downhill. There is also plenty of flat sections both to and from the TA. There is no groomed x-country tracks. If using AT ski gear, I'd expect that you'll be able to get a few turns in here and there on the way out, and would be able to somewhat push/coast a lot of the exit. It would also be easier getting CPs, as you wouldn't be getting off a bike, plunge stepping to get a CP, then getting back on and starting. You just ski to the CP and keep moving.
This will be a shorter course with just snowshoe travel on foot for 3 hrs, or as long as you want to be out there. The format will be a rogaine, navigating to Checkpoints on showshoes in any order. Racers will start directly from the HQ at the Teanaway Campground. There will NOT be a Remote Transition Area for this course.
There will be post-race hot soups, food and beverages to get you warmed-up and replenished.
The race Start and Finish location will be at the end of the plowed W Fork Teanawy Road, past the Teanaway Campground (link to Google Map). There is limited parking, so please carpool if you can. A Discover Pass is required to park.
Here are some questions we've received, with answers:
Q. Won't CPs be super obvious and easy to find since most of the navigation is in untracked snow? Everyone will just follow the leader and the most tracked path - right?
A. That is definitely a concern, especially when we're even setting the course. Here's a few things we're trying to do to avoid making it to easy/obvious for everyone.
Q. Why do I have to carry my snowshoes with me? Why won't you transport them for us to the TA?
A. Due to the remoteness of the TA, we will most likely have to trek in all the gear bags on a sled. We don't have the man power to pull all the gear bags and all the snowshoes.
Q. Will these CPs be as hard to find as your normal course CPs? WIll they be ribbons again?
A. Because there shouldn't be any normal traffic in this area, the CP ribbons will be much more visible.
3hr Nav Race
5hr Adv Race
|Early Registration (by 1/29)||$50.00||$65.00|
|Regular Registration (ends 2/10)||$60.00||$75.00|
|Day-Of Registration (if spots available)||$85.00||$100.00|
|Student Discount (24 & under)||-$15.00||-$15.00|
|8:30am – 9:15am||Check-in, Map Handout, Bike Pickup|
|2:00pm||Post-Race Food and Drink|
|10:00am – 10:30am||Check-in, Map Handout|
|2:00pm||Course Closure, Post-Race Food and Drink|
|Event Date||02-12-2017 10:00 am|
|Event End Date||02-12-2017 3:00 pm|
|Cut off date||02-16-2017|
|Individual Price||$60 Nav Race, $75 AR|
|Location||Teanaway Day-Use Area|