The first XC MTB race of the season, and the first marathon of the season
How Long: Marathon race, 3 hrs for first place is the goal, and Half-Marathon goal is 1.5 hours. The distance and course will be confirmed as we get closer and have some idea what the weather is doing!
Why: Because it is the most fun you can have on a bike on April 15. Connect with old friends and test out the legs before the first big races
What is different this year? The first race of the legendary XCMarathon series. The first Leader’s Jerseys of 2017 will be awarded for the Men Under 35, Men 35-49, Master Men (50+), Single Speed, and Open Women. It looks like we are in for a fast, snow free race this year. One month ahead and there is only a few pockets of snow left in the forest (remember to stay off the trails until they get a chance to dry out) so the course should be gravel road free this year!
There wont be any major climbs but a few good rolling climbs to test your fitness in the early season.
Course Map:The course will depend on what has thawed and is ridable. Last year was 15k with a lot of fun flowy single track and a hill or two to kick you in the pants. We aim for 2 laps for the Marathon and 1 for the Half-Marathon but sometimes we have to roll with it
Marathon: ?laps, 3 aid stations
Half-Marathon: ? Laps, 1 aid station.
Aid Station: There is one aid station at the start finish line. For the Half Marathon riders you will pass the aid station once. For the XCMarathon riders you will pass the aid station three times. There will be an area you can leave bottles or other things in the tent. We also have limited room for teams to set up tents for their riders. There will also be water, HoneyMaxx, bananas, and some other grabby food at the aid station (some people like pickles… I don’t get it but who am I to judge?). We will also have a multi tool, some chain lube, a floor pump and some tubes. We have given up on having the right tube for you. There are now officially just too many options. If you can stick the tube that is there in your bike then great! get back in the race. You can send a tube to the aid station but we are not taking wheels etc.
When: April 15, 2017. Registration opens at 9:00 and closes 1 hour before your race start. XCMarathon starts at 11 am. Half-Marathon starts at 11:30. Please please please come early. We have had to delay the start a few times because people show up at the last minute and we have to have them in the system before we can start. This is when riders get grumpy with us and Gen and Sheri get grumpy with me! Get there on time!
Podium when most riders have finished (Grab some chilli while you wait!) We will also do draw prizes at the podium. We have some AMAZING draw prizes. stick around man, it is going to be insane!!!
Where: Dufferin County Forest (Just north of Mansfield Outdoor Centre)
XCMarathon 1 Results
Trail Conditions Update: Still snow. It is winter!
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