If you don't already have a team together, it might not hurt to head on out to Horn Creek (if we can get this weekend's work party off the ground) once it is cleared and do some practice laps of the race course. Seems if you were able to talk about your practice lap times it might help you find that perfect fit on a team.
This is a great event and it has a grassroots, low key feel to it, perfect for endurance event riders that want to test the water before considering say a 24 hour event. The cost is low and the course location is great. Add in the fact that there will be professional timing this year and we are headed towards the best Baker's Dozen ever.
And having an event to train for is just a great motivator to keep your exercise level up and push you to do your personal best - with the main push coming just as we are sliding into Fall.
Are the results from previous Baker's Dozen races posted anywhere? Just curious what kind of laps folks have put up in the past.
IIRC, the fast folks were knocking out laps in the mid-30 minute range for the first several hours. My times, definitely not to be confused with the fast folks, were around the mid 40s ( I think my best was a 42). Most teams were averaging around 12-16 laps in a 13 hour period, so that would give lap times between 40 minutes to around an hour.
Keep in mind that the route was 8 miles, and not just a 6 mile lap of Horn.
I found the 2005 results in excel on my computer. Looks like the faster lap was 32 minutes for the 8 mile lap. Looks like average was mid 40's.
19 laps won the solo....same guy who won the TNGA last year.
Frank Eichstaedt did 13 laps in 2005, solo. I bet he was 60-65 years old then. I recall when we gave out the awards for who did the most volunteer work at FATS....Frank got one. No one knew who he was. He used to drive to down one hour each way on Tuesdays and work 6-7 hours with the crew. Thanks for making me look this up. Thinking of ole Frank just made my day.
Trail conditions and heat has definitely affected the lap times in some years!
We actually started the event so we'd have a fun event for our local mountain bikers to participate in - so we like it a lot when we have a lot of local participation but are also happy to see riders coming in from out of town too!
For those who decide to get a baseline lap time on the race route........just turn right into the Lick Fork Recreation Area (don't forget to pay your $3? fee or you will be ticketed) turn left onto the gravel road and follow it until the end and park. Grab your bike head back up the gravel road turn right onto the paved road, at the entrance to Lick Fork turn right onto the paved road (it will turn to gravel) at the bottom of the hill pick up the trail on your left - complete section 2, section 3, section 4, section 5 - don't turn into the parking lot (it will be on your left) continue on up section 1 and then take a left when you get to the gravel road and at the top of the hill take the left turn into Lick Fork and then another left onto the gravel road back to the finish. Now you'll have a baseline for your lap time with 2 1/2 months to hone your top lap time and find some team members!
We need between 12 and 15 committed volunteers for this event, I'll post the particulars over the next few days but after our meeting we know we need people for the following positions - some require a couple of hours and we can use people who are willing to spend 4 to 6 hours or more as well.
Parking Fee Attendants
Set-up (tents, tables, etc)
Volunteer Food/Rider's Tent
Course Crossing Marshalls
Cow Bell Ringers (not an official position but helps spur the racers on)
Start thinking about where you would like to help - as both a volunteer and as a participant I can tell you everyone has a great time! More to come!
The first four volunteer opportunities on the list above -
Parking Fee Attendants
Are all positions that are only needed for the first couple of hours of the day of the event starting at around 6:30. For the remainder including the end of day cleanup crew the options are more varied as to time and length of time. If you may be able to volunteer, please let me know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
Our monthly ladies ride is coming up this weekend (August 21st) -
if there are riders out there who would like to come out and ride Horn Creek now that it is mowed and ready - I'll give some really detailed directions on how to get there, you can come up at 8:30 or so and take a lap or two. I'll bring a few maps of the trail and maybe some PowerAde.
You won't be riding with the ladies group but this is a great opportunity to come out check it out while there are people around (if you sign in with me when you come, I'll make sure you are out of the woods or accounted for before we leave)! Just let me know by response here or pm if you are interested!
Rode the trail over the weekend, it was in great shape except that one small tree that went down between Saturday and Sunday. As of today we are at exactly 2 months until the Baker's Dozen. Plenty of time to get your speed dialed in.
We rode the race route, it's been a while but felt really good. There were others out there as well getting a few laps - really helps to know that trail.
There are alternate places to park but if you park in the park don't forget to get your parking pass, the ranger was there and he did check all the vehicles and the receipts in the box!
Alright, I'm trying to pull together a 3 man team and wondered when the cut-off was for "advanced" entry. You know, put it off until the last minute. With the others living out of town, I need something to motivate their sign-up and help formalize the team.
This is a great endurance event to cut your teeth on......if you are riding solo you won't be doing every round at max speed so plenty of opportunity to get in your groove and settle in for the long haul over the 13 hours!