We are just 11days away from the 10th edition of the Six Hours of Mount Hood and it looks like everything is shaping for another fun day on the mountain! Here are a couple updates I thought I’d pass along…
1) Still time to take advantage of our early-bird registration rates and get your very own personalized race plate and a stylish racer glass!
You still have until Friday to pre-register online and take advantage of our early-bird registration rates. The first 250 racers to pre-register will receive a very cool “tall boy” racer glass and a classy finisher tag.
And if you register by this Wednesday (6/19), you will get to race with a personalized race plate, featuring your name and team name!
In addition, all racers will receive a start line call-up in the order they registered. Just check the preliminary start list to find out who among your friends, team mates and competitors has already committed… either way, you’ll be in great company!
2) Some updates about the course.
On Saturday, I took a lap on the race course and I am glad to report that the course is in the best shape we ever had it. It is 100% snow-free, no standing water or mud anywhere on the course, no dusty sections (the loop around Multorpor Mtn clearly hasn’t been ridden yet this year), and Petr Kakes of Skibowl has been working hard all week to fine-tune some of the sections and further optimize the flow and fun-factor.
Like in years past, the start/exchange/finish area and aid station will be located at the Skibowl main lodge & parking lot, just off Hwy 26, so you will have easy access to your car throughout the day.
Like the previous two years, solo riders will get to do a slightly extended loop, that will include a fun, sweeping singletrack descent down the twisty Gnar-Gnar trail (which, as of this weekend, is still in pristine shape).
– Total lap distance is 5.5 miles for two-person teams and 6.8 miles for solo riders.
– Elevation gain per lap is about 860 feet for two-person teams and 1,085 feet for solo riders.
3) Pre-Riding, Lodging and Camping:
The course will be open for pre-riding on Saturday June 29 from 10am until 6pm.
If you travel from further away, or like to make it a whole weekend on the mountain, the popular Collins Lake Resort (less than a mile from the start and the official lodging partner of Skibowl), has 150 chalets and 48 lodge condominiums at their Grand Lodge.
There is also the option to car-camp on the Skibowl parking lot the night before the race. Or you can camp at one of the various Forest Service campgrounds in the area (Still Creek and Trillium Lake are the closest ones).
4) Race Support:
Throughout the race we’ll have a fully stocked food station, featuring a variety of energy drinks, fresh fruit, and Dave’s Killer Bread PB&J sandwiches.
We will also have a dedicated aid station for solo riders, where they can stash coolers and any other gear they like to have handy along the course, and allowing for swift hydration and refueling throughout the race.
As always, the expert mechanics from Sellwood Cycle Repair will be on hand near the start/finish area, providing free mechanical support before and during the race.
5) Post-Race Chili, $1 Beers, Awards & Raffle!
After the race, while our officials are tallying the final results, racers will get to enjoy free chili and $1 beers (for those of drinking age)… just make sure to bring those $1 bills!
At 5:30pm, we will get the podiums underway. Like last year, the top-3 podium finishers in each category will go home with some very classy custom medals and in good tradition we’ll wrap up the day with a short-and-sweet raffle, featuring a bunch of cool prizes, courtesy of our sponsors
We are looking forward to seeing you – and your friends – in two weeks at Mt Hood Skibowl for another six hours of mountain bike race fun!
Categories: Mountain Bike Racing