Gowdy Grinder - Race Info.
Sunday, May 19th, 2013. Check-in opens at 9:00am, first race is at 10:00am
Check-in and Start/Finish will be at the Aspen Grove Trailhead in Curt Gowdy State Park. Here's a map
Intermediate Men - Distance 8 miles - 10:00am
Intermediate Women - Distance 8 miles - 10:01am
Beginner Coed - Distance 3.5 miles - 10:02am
Open Men - 19.5 miles - 11:15
Advanced Women - 12 miles - 11:16
Open Women - 15 miles - 1:00pm
Advanced Men - 15 miles - 1:10pm
The long loop (red on the map) is about .8 miles longer than the last few years. Open Men and Women should count on at least 15 minute longer races.
All categories are for all ages.
These distances may seem a bit short, but if you have ridden at Gowdy, you know it tends to be slow going.
Don't let the short mileages fool you.
Please go pre-ride the courses and/or take a look at previous race results to figure out the right category for you.
Riders not on their last lap by 2:40pm will be pulled from the race.
Opens on Saturday, April 13th, at 8:00am and closes on Saturday, May 18th, at 2:00pm,
or when the race fills up.
There is a total race limit of 275 riders as well as a field limit of 70 for most categories.
There are no wait lists and no race day registration!
Race day check-in will be at the Start/Finish area from 9:00am until 10 minutes before each race start.
Bring a photo ID with you (sad, but true).
$20.00 - Laramie BikeNet members get $5 cash back at race check-in.
Sorry, we do not do refunds and it is past the deadline for transfers.
100% of entry fees for riders who don't race will get added to our park trail maintenance donation.
State parks in Wyoming charge an entrance fee. $4 for Wyo. residents or $6 for non-residents. This is not covered by your race entry fee.
We won't hesitate to cancel a race if trail conditions are bad. We ride up there too, and have no intention of ruining the trails. We also work closely with the park administration to make decisions about whether or not to hold the race. If we do have to cancel, we will post it here by 2pm the day before the race.
NWS point forecast for the race. Your safety on the race course is your responsibility. We can't control hazards on the trail and we certainly don't control the weather. If weather conditions necessitate it, we will stop the race, however you may be a long way from shelter when a storm rolls in. Please use your own judgement as to whether or not you should be out there.
There will be one first-aid marshall on course and first-aid at the Start/Finish. If someone is hurt on the course please do what you can to help them. No sweep riders will be following the last rider, but we will clean the course at 2:30 from the Start.
We've made a few changes this year. Maps are on the Race Courses page.
Race day amenities:
This is a bare bones race. We will not be providing food, water or shelter. Bring anything you think you might need with you! The park will most likely have drinking water turned on. The closest faucet is at the RV station near the park entrance.
Cycling can be dangerous. Really dangerous. Especially mountain biking. Because of this, racers must wear a helmet and sign a waiver.