7th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

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Re: &th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 20th, 2014, 2:33 pm

Today I was able to ride about 50-60% of the winter race course on a regular MTB but a fat bike could probably have ridden 90%. The sledding hill was no problem. The school has gone around it a few times on a snowmobile and there was one fat tire track but the trail needs some riding in the pack it down. I will try to put up some ribbons this week to mark the course and post a map in case anyone wants to venture out.
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Re: &th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 21st, 2014, 8:50 pm

The school has cleared some of the singletrack today. I am not sure how deep they were able to go but the photo seems to look pretty good. I hope to get out there on Wednesday to check it out.
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Re: &th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby c0nsumer » January 21st, 2014, 8:51 pm

How'd they do that grooming?
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Re: &th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 21st, 2014, 9:29 pm

How'd they do that grooming?


With a custom made drag pulled behind a snowmobile. We have been doing this way for a few years now. It won't always get down to bare ground but does a pretty good job. The bigger drifts in the open are sometimes tackled using a tractor with a blade or bucket. When you combine the cleared singletrack and Bald Mountain trails that the snowmobiles have packed, you have quite a lot of trail to ride.
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Re: &th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby c0nsumer » January 21st, 2014, 9:37 pm

Steve_Kinley wrote:
How'd they do that grooming?


With a custom made drag pulled behind a snowmobile. We have been doing this way for a few years now. It won't always get down to bare ground but does a pretty good job. The bigger drifts in the open are sometimes tackled using a tractor with a blade or bucket. When you combine the cleared singletrack and Bald Mountain trails that the snowmobiles have packed, you have quite a lot of trail to ride.


That looks pretty nice. I was very surprised at how the snowmobile-packed PLRA yesterday, I'll have to check that out soon.
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Re: &th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 22nd, 2014, 5:49 am

Every winter, once there is enough snow we eagerly await the return of the snowmobiles to Bald Mountain. Depending on the snow depth, type of snow, temperatures, etc., it takes a varying amount of time before a MTB is able to ride the trails. But once conditions are prime the trails are sometimes better than riding on dirt, including better traction. And this is on regular MTB's. The advent of fatbikes has extended the horizon on either side of the timeline for rideability.
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Re: &th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby KLydesdale » January 22nd, 2014, 7:25 am

Steve_Kinley wrote:Every winter, once there is enough snow we eagerly await the return of the snowmobiles to Bald Mountain. Depending on the snow depth, type of snow, temperatures, etc., it takes a varying amount of time before a MTB is able to ride the trails. But once conditions are prime the trails are sometimes better than riding on dirt, including better traction. And this is on regular MTB's. The advent of fatbikes has extended the horizon on either side of the timeline for rideability.


Yeah, when we get a lot of snow, those sled guys do get after it, don't they?

I've said in this forum before that some of my most enjoyable rides EVER have been on snowmobiles packed trails when there was 1-2 feet of snow elsewhere in the woods. I remember a couple of years when I was able to do rides like that at PLRA just about every weekend in January and February. This year is shaping up to have similar snow conditions. With the good job you guys have been doing with the LOHS trails, I've been doing more rides there coupled with BM-S the last couple of winters.
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Re: 7th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 25th, 2014, 2:41 pm

I was at the school today hiking around the trail and putting up pink ribbons to mark it, starting from the top of the sledding hill by the soccer field fence.. There is about 2" of snow on top of the pretty solid base that was put down earlier in the week. The areas in the open are drifted over pretty good.

The trail is actually marked for all of the area that was cleared, not sure if we will use all of it for the race or not. It will depend on snow conditions.
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Re: 7th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 29th, 2014, 11:29 am

The school is reporting that they feel the trail is ready in most spots for a fat bike right now. They plan on going over it a few times with the snowmobile but not pulling the drag. Not sure if I can make it up there today but plan on checking the trail condition tomorrow.
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Re: 7th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 29th, 2014, 7:37 pm

Whoo Hoo! Just got back from a spin around the course at LOHS on my regular MTB and was able to ride about 70%. Didn't make it down the sledding hill this time in the dark without wiping out. But that is the fun of it. There were a few fat bike tracks on parts of the trail and that made the riding easier. More riders would help.

The school plans on trying to compact the snow a little more as it warms slightly over the next few days. I think fatties will rule but the trail may firm up nicely for everyone. Or not :D I think we will probably stick to the course I posted earlier but the ribbons are marked for the longer course. We would just cut out part of the singletrack.

Last day for preregistration is tomorrow.
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Re: 7th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby Zoo1424 » January 29th, 2014, 8:10 pm

Can't wait until Saturday!

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Re: 7th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby colin » January 29th, 2014, 9:03 pm

Is there day of registration?
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Re: 7th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 29th, 2014, 9:18 pm

Is there day of registration?


Certainly! But it will cost you. Registration for day of goes up by $5 so the race will cost you all of $20 for adults!!!!!!! :lol: Students 18 and under are still only $10 on race day. :icon_study:
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Re: 7th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby c0nsumer » January 29th, 2014, 10:36 pm

Note that pre-registration adds $2.10 in fees.

I would rather (and will) just pay the $20 day-of knowing that the $5 extra goes to the LOHS school programs. I'd rather just do that then only save $2.90 and not give the school as much.
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Re: 7th annual LOHS winter MTB and Fat Bike race Feb 1

Postby colin » January 30th, 2014, 1:57 am

I am just fine spending an extra $5 on race day knowing where it is going, much like what c0nsumer said. I also am keeping a look on the weather. Any ideas on the number of entries for regular mtb sport?
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