This is the perfect event for riders of all skill levels. It is low key, fun, and you can do as many or as few laps as you want to ride. If you don't have a team, but want to be on one, post here and see if other people want to get on a team with you!
This event brings back so many great memories both as a volunteer and as a participant. The size is just perfect to support and everyone has such a good time.
I like that the start/finish line is located where it is and that starting the lap you have that 1 mile road through the campground with all the cheering people along the way and then coming back in off your lap that same crowd drives you to a fast finish.
Off the back side of that start/finish area the people are able to watch that last climb up the hill in the last couple of miles of the lap and shout encouragement and ring the cowbells just when you need it most.
Once you are out on the course sometimes, particularly at night, it is almost as if you are out there by yourself. I remember the time the USFS burn happened the day before and riding through that area was very surreal with burning stumps illuminating the night.
And what a crowd of people - all the tents set up near the finish line was like a huge party..........Horn Creek has always been my favorite location for this event.
Probably one of the best things is it is such a great event for people trying to get their feet wet on an endurance event to come out and give it a try. 13 hours is a long time but if you are on a 4 person team depending on how fast your individual team members are doing a lap you'll probably end up somewhere between 16 and 19 laps - thats only 4+ laps per rider and the course is about 8 miles long. A great chance to check it out, most people who ride regularly can ride an 8 mile course 4 times over a 13 hour period.
Have felt bad when we've had to turn away people at the last minute who finally pulled a team together only to realize we were full but hopefully since we are starting back after a hiatus with this event everyone who want to participate will be able!
Looking like I'll be on a three man team with two other guys from Singletracks
Jeff and Greg? If not, who?
Yep. The plan is to make it a contest for the site somehow. Folks can guess which of us will have the fastest lap, fastest average lap, most laps, etc and those who get it right get a prize. Or something along those lines, Jeff will figure that out.
I pitched the idea that we all ride solo but they weren't at all interested in that lol
Baker's Dozen is October 22nd, hunting season starts on October 16th so FATS will probably be closed those last two full weeks in October (open on Sundays) - another great reason to put together a team and come give the Baker's Dozen a try on Saturday, October 22nd. It is a great low key event so even if you have never tried an endurance event - this is an excellent opportunity to give it a try!