First, I’ll start with the Foot Category:
The entire trail with the exception of 1 mile is scheduled by be groomed by the Asbury Snow Hawks Grooming machine. The Asbury Snow Hawks is one of the key sponsors for this race. They’ve allowed us to use a number of miles of private snowmobile trail, they are grooming Heritage trail just prior to the race for us, and were responsible for the installation of a necessary bypass bridge on Heritage Trail. They will also be sweeping the course the night of the race (this is a good example on how different outdoor clubs can work together, a huge thanks to this group!). The 1 mile of ungroomed section is very hard and icy in numerous locations, use caution! The foot category should be able to avoid the real icy spots by staying to edge of the trail.
Skiers: Yet to be determined, but we will have to either shorten the sky category by 7 miles or do an out and back. This is because the section of Heritage trail from Dyersville to Farley has exposed gravel on a majority of it. Everywhere else, it still has a solid 8" base. If you want some say in this drop me a line, let me know the minimum distance that's acceptable to you.
Bikers (and there's a bunch of you): The slideshow above gives a good visual of the variety that you will have on this race. I've had to shorten the distance based on yesterdays preride times. However, DO NOT THINK THIS WILL BE AN EASY RACE! Weather forecast is for temps to be in the 15dF to 5dF range. You must note: YOU will be out there for 6-9 hours!
Bike Route: I hate to say it but the first and last hour of this race will be brutal! The first section of Heritage Trail (not used by the foot category) will NOT be groomed and is rutted by foot traffic on the warm days of past. The good news is that this is only a half-mile long. The main elevation gain during the race takes place on the ATV trails - Everyone will push for at least a 1/4 mile up the steepest section. The photo log will give you a pretty good idea of the variety that I have in store for the bikers the last and first 2 hours of the race (I’ll add a picture of the level B in the next couple of days). The middle section will be on Heritage Trail, which will be groomed to Farley and is gravel and patches of snow from Farley to Dyersville and back. While we have lost nearly two miles of snowmobile trails to the warm days last week this will still be a "fun" race with lots of variety.
Note to racers:
- Carry more fluids than you think you will need.
- Make provision to keep your fluids liquid & test this system.
- Take extra clothes (no cotton! – wear wool or other wicking winter fabrics).
- Start at a manageable/maintainable pace.*
- You are required to have two lights (front and back).
- You must have a cell phone.