Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Smokin Spoke Course Description

Trail breakdown is:Course is approx. 9+ miles per loop (7 miles for Citizen Youth).60% double-track, 40% single-track Double-track is a combination of hard packed dirt/gravel roads within the boyscout camp at the start with very limited amounts of loose sand, progressing to established logging roads with packed dirt tire tracks and slight grass centers. The lead out is a couple miles of rolling, short hill terrain, suitable for 4 riders side by side (average is 16 ft. wide). This should be a fast area. There are two climbs which require effort.First short single track is through hilly terrain with hard dirt and packed forest topsoil weaving between trees with short rises and dips, and some incline.The next half of the course switches between short, technical single track stretches and short sections of established logging road with several good climbs in a rolling way. The "Boneyard" is a longer climb on looser dirt / gravel to the first water station on a plateau.Leaving the "Boneyard" you go on to the "Wart" on single-track, which is a large raised area with a flat plateau on top. The start is slight switchback up to the top, then twisty, bumpy single track in the open hardwoods. The end of the "Wart" is a 75 yard downhill run to a sharp turn entrance into "the Pine Plantation".The Pine Plantation is undulating and twisty with some off camber spots through hilly terrain with tight pine trees. The end of this portion has two quick drops with a short hump to get air on if you want, but a fast uphill switchback immediately after.This pops onto a gravel logging road double-track which quickly changes to hard packed dirt logging road.Back into narrow double-track in very hilly terrain, although mostly downhill.Next, on to very bumpy single-track for a mile or so.This is about the 3/4 mark, and then you are on 20 ft. wide camp roads, some with sandy spots, mostly hard dirt/gravel. you can open it up here.There is single-track then, which is very fast and mostly downhill decline with flow, and one very short drop and rise to watch out for. Then you have a short plank bridge with high mount, or choose to swing left and go around it.Back out onto camp road for 100 yards, back into single-track in boy scout camp, down some landscaped stairs (6 steps, 5 ft. long and about 6" down at each one), and onto a raised plywood walkway winding through the wetlands for 75 yards. The platform is 30" wide and about 8" above the moss.Back into the last stretch of open, fast double-track logging/camp road through the camp, and then a short section of double-track "speed bumps" before hitting the main gravel/dirt road that passes the start and on to your next lap. This is also the second water/splash station, which will have a misting tunnel on one side for those who need a cool blast for the next loop.I hope that helps. There will be a map of the course at the race for racers and spectators too. The Bikes-N-Boards crew who are setting up the race will be doing our weekly group ride Friday night at 6:00 p.m., and we will also be pre-riding Sat. afternoon. Hope you can pre-ride to plan your strategy!

Good LuckTerry Dahl

I stole this from the WORS message board

7 comments:

Ronsta said...

Thanks Superfly, this saved me from slummin' it on the Wors board.

bubba said...

I have ridden there 4 or 5 times in the last year. This course should be great. Terry Dahl is my cousin Amy's boyfriend and the local GPS guy and map maker up there. His description will be spot on accurate. I talked to him at 10pm Wednesday night and he said they had just enough rain to make the trails perfect with little or no more rain in the forecast leading up to Sunday.

Christine said...

Sweet! I think we are are looking forward to a dry course. I think the details of the course descriptions are great!

Carlos said...

I'm still bringing the medusas just in case it rains again, it wasn't raining on saturday 'till we started our race.

Christine said...

You got an extra pair I can borrow?

spicyride said...

bummer. we can't make this one. boo.

Rasmussen Bike Shop said...

Man do I miss doin' the WORS races every other weekend! Camping, hangin' out... lot's of good memories! I got into Chequamegon, so I'll see you guys there!

Cam