Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The End of the year Epic

 We have an exciting and fast course set up with details of the trail below.  We are going to have some baked goods and tons of water for everyone, but any food or beverages that you would like to share would be fantastic! There are going to be TWO racing options for you depending on how epic you want to take it.  One 13.2 mile lap for the short course and Two 13.2 mile laps for the long course.  

You can do this!!!!  This race will be the final cross country challenge of the year and should be easy after a great summer of riding. 

How to get to Bates:
From Casper follow Wyoming Highway 220 west approximately 18 miles.  Turn left (south) onto Highway 487.  Continue Approximately 20 miles & turn left (east) on Bates Creek stock trail road (county road 403).  Drive up dirt road 2.2 miles looking for a cattle loading dock this will be the parking area, start & finish.  Free camping is allowed and a few of us will be there Friday night in case you want to join us.  

Trail break down from beginning of CR 403
2.2 is parking, start/finish
2.5 pass by stock pond on right
2.8 ride to top of hill
2.9 double-track goes right, stay on main road
3.4 at bottom of hill
3.8 top of hill
4.4 come to fork in road.  Turn left (north) on double-track.  Go through gate just off the main road
4.5 go through gate
4.6 faint double-track goes left. Stay on main dbl-tk
4.9 begin uphill
5.3 at ridge top.  Good view of Gates drainage
5.7 Trail forks. Go right.  Look for old windmill off to the right about 200 yards
6.3 go through gate
6.6 trail forks, stay right
7.3 go through gate
8.1 come to saddle on ridge
8.7 pass by stock pond. Trail goes left around pond
8.9 top of saddle, with water tank
9.0 go through gate
9.2 back on county road
11.2 back at fork (4.4 mile) continue down road to start
13.2 finish 

This is going to be so sweet!  Hope to see you there

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