Hey, its a big weekend in St. Croix Falls. Not only is it the kick-off event for the 2016 Sasquatch Dash series of free trail races, but it is also the Spring Awakenings all weekend long, and the Woolly Bike Race on Sunday. Be sure to go check out those other events and plan to spend the weekend in the St. Croix Valley.
But this post is all about the Sasquatch Dash.
We meet at CyclovaXC at 8:30. The shop will be open for your last minute bathroom trip. We will give the run down of the course, sign waivers, and then we will walk over to the Overlook at about 8:55.
At 9:00 we will get set and go!
The course will be unmarked and open so please use good judgement and good manners. After traversing the course we will be finishing at the Overlook again. There will be a clipboard with a pen at the finish to record your own finish time and place. Your entry fee (free remember) didn't cover chip timing, sorry. The group typically hangs out until the last person finishes.
Pretty simple, low key, and a lot of fun with other people who want to go run through the woods. No need to worry if you aren't fast or are afraid you might get lost. We cheer just as much for the last finisher as the first (actually the first usually doesn't get any cheering) and we've had lots of people get lost but they've always made it back. Heck, I have designed most of the courses and have taken a few wrong turns myself. It'll be fine, and FUN.
2016 Course #1
I am still working on this. I haven't run in the valley in a few weeks so I'm not certain of the trail conditions. It will almost certainly be a run over to Wert Preserve and back. Our classic starting course is up into Wert and to take each of the three out and back branches from the pond intersection. That will be the fallback if things are too soggy to do anything else.
Plan on about 5 miles.
What To Do Afterward
First, refuel at the Dallas Bakery and Coffee House.
Then find something fun to do on the Spring Awakenings Calendar
Or ahead of time send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and help with race prep. There will be lots going on Saturday to prep for the race on Sunday and your help would be awesome. I personally will be doing this after coffee.
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|Frank and riding companion David rode around Lake Superior - 1200 miles in 11 days of riding in 2003. Hear the tale at the final Cyclova Adventure & Tech Social Event - on Thursday, 21 April, 2016!|
|The start for the 100 mile riders. Photo by John Schletty.|
|The 2016 Mammoth Gravel Classic is tomorrow - be prepared and and enjoy your adventure and weekend in St. Croix Falls! Following are some tips that will ensure you have a great ride & weekend! Photo Credit: John Schletty|
- HWY 8 ROAD CONSTRUCTION & DETOUR: Hwy 8 is being rebuilt just outside of Taylors Falls, MN. All traffic is being detoured to cross the St. Croix River at the Osceola, WI (Hwy 243 Bridge). Click HERE to view the MNDOT map of the detour. If you're coming from the Metro area, take the following route: Interstate 35 North, Hwy 97 East, Hwy 95 North, Hwy 2343 East (crossing into WI over the bridge), WI Hwy 35 North into St. Croix Falls (note taking this route will save you from following a 20 mile detour).
- Parking: On event day, please DO NOT park on Main / Washington St. Rather, park in the huge parking lots one block up the hill (east) from Cyclova XC, on the Thompson Parkway.
- Cyclova's doors open at 7AM for registration. You'll need to sign a waiver (which makes you eligible for the HUGE SWAG DRAWING AT 4:30PM. The rides will casually roll out from "The Overlook Park", one block north of Cyclova XC - overlooking the St. Croix River.
- Familiarize yourself with the ride courses in advance - we provide extensive detail on each of the courses, as well as all of the navigational files on the official courses page of mammothgravelclassic.com HERE. HERE is an update on course conditions & tire recomendations from 3 days ago.
- The Mammoth Gravel Classic is not a race - or a supported ride. All roads are open. All riders must obey all traffic laws. You are responsible for you - there are no aid stations or rider support on the course.
- Eats / Drinks / Lodging: For general info on our top local recommendations, check out the eats/drinks/lodging page of mammothgravelclassic.com.
- Live Music & Festivities on Saturday night: Stratocaster Disaster is playing, along with the Tippy Cup Championship of the World on Saturday night at the Dalles House Bar. Enjoy the festivities & wish our friend Sarah a happy birthday! Check out the Facebook event here! Play it safe and plan on camping or staying in one of our local hotels which are right next to the Dallas House Bar (specifically the Dallas House Hotel and WI Interstate Park - for details, click HERE)
- For full event info (who, when, fees or lack thereof, and course basics) go to the great event website at www.mammothgravelclassic.com
- For literally every possible detail on each of the ride courses, including maps, que sheets, gps files, bike/tire recommendations, a literal mile by mile chronicle of each course, and dozens of photos, check out the COURSES PAGE on the event website.
- On event day, please DO NOT park on Main / Washington St. Rather, park in the huge parking lots one block up the hill (east) from Cyclova XC, on the Thompson Parkway.
- Where to stay / what to eat: Check out the EATS/DRINKS/LODGING page of the event website!
- Remember, this is a gravel adventure ride on open public roads - not a race, not a supported ride. You MUST obey all traffic laws. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU. You must be ready to navigate yourself on the course. You must bring everything that you'll need to have a great day on your bicycle! You must be ready for the unexpected - this is the whole point! No one is coming to get you if you have problems on the course. If you're wondering which ride is appropriate for you, check out the specific description of each on the COURSES PAGE.
- DON'T RIDE SKINNY TIRES if you're riding the 100 or 70 mile ride! As is explained in great detail on each of the course profiles, you'll regret riding any tire narrower than a 40mm - really. Swing on by Cyclova XC to talk tires with us if you have questions!
- Bring with some cash, so you can refuel / patronize some of the businesses (coffee shops, restaurants, convenience stores) along the courses!
|Sand is the theme of the gravel from miles 16.8 - 24.3 of the 70 and 100 mile courses. Be prepared by riding a 40mm or wider gravel tire!|
|Two thumbs up from yours truly - the course is in perfectly rugged condition, with a literally perfect forecast for Saturday!|
|On the 100 mile course, you'll find yourself surrounded by water (have you ever seen such blue water???), wet lands, and waterfowl for dozens of miles at a time!|