Permits are done and approved for 2018!
We will spend the summer exploring the north side for another loop ---if we can put it together on DNR land then we will offer a 75 this year. We will need a minimum of 5 entries. Meanwhile, xc skiing is GREAT!!
RTL! turned out as wonderful as I had imagined it could be! The weather threatened to be cold but turned out just perfect on ride day. We had a nice turn-out of riders and a fantastic turn-out of volunteers! I am so thrilled to share one of my favorite places on the planet with all my distance riding junkie friends :) There are some pictures posted on the new 2017 page -- most are David Honan's images but I stole a few off facebook too.... I am already planning next year and have some ideas to make it even better than 2017. I would appreciate constructive comments -- send them to me on Facebook in a PM or pop me an email. What would you like to see changed? What is on the MUST DO again list? What did you particularly like? Feedback will be considered seriously and if possible suggestions will be incorporated in the 2018 ride. September 29th RIDE THE LOUP! 2018
I would like to acknowledge people who donated items to the ride:
Becky Snyder --box of apples in vet check and Jr BC award
Tiffany Buob -- brush set for 1st junior and 2 halters for the "bridesmaid" 11th place
Aemi Miller -- handmade soap for the last five finishers
Sue Summers -- personalizing the Sr BC awards
EDRA- troughs and equipment and ambulance trailer
It has taken me two days to unload my horse trailers, trucks and LQ -- now I have lots of paperwork to do for the permitting agencies (USFS, DNR, ski bowl). The results were sent in to EDRA yesterday ... now to get the books done and pay up the bills ....oh yea ...my permit applications for 2018 are due by the end of this month.....
We found and added a 1.8 mile cross country ski trail to the South Loop for the 30 mile ride. This brings the mileage for the South loop up to 15.1 miles so the total distance is within acceptable parameters to be endorsed as a 30 mile ride (28.7 miles). The 50 milers will not do this extra piece at the start of the South Loop because the Woody Mountain loop is long enough to bring their mileage right to 50 miles.
Be sure to reserve CWSF hay if you need it
Be sure to reserve the # of FFA BBQ dinners you need for your posse on Saturday night
Karaoke after awards Saturday night! We will get the wolves to howl for sure!
The smoke has lifted and the temperatures have dropped down to lovely fall warm days and crispy nights! We are expecting rain next week --everyone do a rain dance -- the trails will be perfect if we get a good soaking rain. Get your entries postmarked or emailed by tomorrow--Friday 15th to avoid late charges. See you all in two weeks!
The trails are GPS'ed. The 50 mile is 50.1 miles. The shorter ride is 27 miles at this time --it may be lengthened to meet the 30 mile criteria. The total elevation ascent on the 50 mile is 4495 ft. The trails are majority old logging roads, some newly used logging roads, a 2 mile technical bike trail, 2 miles on a soft gravel road like at Sand Canyon. There is a majority good footing with small sections of rock--if you normally pad, I would pad for this ride. If you don't normally pad you probably don't need to. The trails are a little dusty right now --let's hope for some rain before September 30th .
There are 3 loops:
North Loop 13.3 miles with 2287 ft of climbing --this is the first and most difficult loop and still has areas to move out. The two mile technical bike trail is half way through this loop.
South Loop 13.6miles with 1746 feet of climbing. This is everyone's last loop and is the easiest trail with lots of shade and nice footing.
Woody Mountain Loop 23.2 miles with 2208 ft of climbing. This is the middle loop for the 50 mile ride. It has a big climb up the mountain (Whiskey gallops it for fun) with a water tank near the top. Again, even with the climb there are many places you can really move out on this lolly pop loop.
Kathleen Ferguson , Ride Manager