Course recon ride today on the 150 route. After 2 inches of rain, the worst mud we found was on the pavement coming in to Murray. Go figure.
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Food News! We have the Papa Firkin’s food truck confirmed for race day!!
They will be set up at the winery from 4 to 11 pm, and the Madison County Winery has agreed to stay open until 11 pm to accomodate cyclists, supporters, and volunteers.
Exciting News! We are offering FREE camping this year!!
Sarah and her wonderful family are offering their Madison County acreage for everyone to camp. No electricity, but a gorgeous landscape.
Course recon drive with two of my kids through Adair, Union, Clark, Decatur, and Ringold ‘does anyone live here?’ Counties. The roads are rough in spots, but generally in great shape. Only saw a few cars in over four hours of driving. The one water crossing we saw was down to a trickle. Only one re-route for a bridge out; I doubt it will be fixed by October.
We are thrilled to share that this year’s race will be hosted by the Madison County Winery. The race will start and end at the winery. This will be a fantastic venue for friends, family and fans to gather awaiting the finishers. We are excited to work with Doug and his staff to make the Spotted Horse even better this year!
Here is the elevation profile for the 150. Approximately 7600 feet of climbing by Ride with GPS. It rides like more. This is the route that is most subject to change at this point, but you get the idea. It’s not flat.
You can switch to either distance at mile 84; from the 150 to the 200, or you can drop from the 200 to the 150 if it’s not your day. You’ll need to let the checkpoint volunteer know, and carry both sets of cue sheets because copies will not be available.
The route is as finalized as it can be at this point. Final GPX and cues will be released the week of the race. This is the elevation profile for the full dirt version of the 200 mile, with 10.5K to 15.5K feet of climbing (depending on which program I view it in). It’s not flat. There are approximately 30 miles of dirt roads, but the final route will have more or less depending on road conditions this fall. C-stores are 60 miles or less apart.
Since Sarah’s been on the disabled list, Scott Newbury has been out checking out the course and helping with the 150 route. Things are looking good! Thanks Newbs!
Volunteers absolutely make this event happen, and there is no way it could happen without you! If you’d like to volunteer this year, send Sarah an email at email@example.com.
Course ride photos from the weekend. Here is a sample of some of the roads you are likely to see. Two potential water crossings, and one of them will likely be after dark for most of you. The B roads are in exceptionally good shape right now.