Hopefully by now, you know we’re putting together the most badass Monstercross ride/race of all time. This sort of thing takes a lot of time to coordinate, and a whole lot more elbow grease to make sure the course is ready on raceday. In addition to gravel roads and National Forest land, The Cedar Cross will traverse several miles of what I have come to call “forgotten” singletrack. This trail system, for whatever reason, seems to have been completely forgotten, which is both sad and exciting. Sad because so few people know these trails exist, and exciting because SO FEW PEOPLE know these trails exist!!
Today, Pepper and I set out to clear one small section of the race course. Here’s what went down.
On South Mill site road, there’s a trailhead just to the side of the road right before it becomes someone’s driveway. I suspect this piece of trail is forgotten because it’s fairly remote and just a bit hidden. This photo was taken while standing on the trail looking out at the road.
From here, it’s a short downhill to yet another hidden trailhead. I’m not kidding, it took me 30 minutes to find it the first time I was out here. The trail goes almost straight down into a semi-dry creekbed.
This is where the work started. Can you find the trail in this picture?
A bit of heavy lifting and one broken rake later:
This is what I came up with for the water crossing. The water should pass under these rocks and roll off the trail. I’m still a beginner at this type of thing, so if anyone has a few pointers, I’m ready to learn a better way.
I bet it took over an hour to clear a piece of trail that people will ride in about 30 seconds, but it’ll be worth it on raceday.
After clearing “Pepper Hill”, I turned my attention Northward. Check out this Before/After shot:
Obviously there’s still a lot of work to be done, but this course is going to be worth it. There will be no admission fees, but there WILL be prizes for top finishers, manned SAG stops, bbq at the finish and a special SHAT trophy for the one racer who truly earns it. I’m still trying to nail down the race-date, but it I’m hoping to make it happen on March 25th
This race will be awesome.
Posted on December 14, 2011, in Cedar Cross, Contests/Giveaways, Endurance Cross racing, Free bicycle racing, gravel grinder, Non-Races, Nonsense and Tomfoolery, Upcoming Races. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.