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!Solstice Chase Course Details, Map, and Race Day Info!

The 2017 Solstice Chase race course on the Woolly Bike Club's groomed singletrack network are in prime shape!
On race morning - December 16th, 2017
report to the Fire Station
908 Pine Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

It is mid December, and that means that the stoke factor is very high for the 2017 Solstice Chase!  This year's race will again be held on the Woolly Bike Club's World Class Groomed Singletrack - but with a different start/finish venue.  

This year's start/finish/race HQ area will be at the St. Croix Falls Fire Department - adjacent to the Woolly trailhead.  To get there on race day, look for the orange Woolly Bike Club banners that will be posted at the intersection of US Hwy 8 and Industrial Parkway.  From there, we will have parking & hospitality crews to guide you to your parking spot (which will be in one of several near by lots in the industrial park).  See the map below for the lay of the land - for reference, notice the Woolly Trailhead at the top of the map, adjacent to the fire dept / race hq.

There will be much hospitality at this year's event - including an opportunity to check out the new Trap Rock Brewery, located 1 block from the Woolly Trailhead and our race headquarters (there will be free craft beer samples there as well as wood fired pizza for sale).  CLICK HERE for the full scoop on our race hospitality including warm spaces, heated changing areas, rest rooms, food, drink, and fun! 


Before we get into the course details, let's all Give Thanks... To the Woolly Bike Club:   For starters, this year's Solstice Chase wouldn't be possible, were it not for 9 + years of diligent hard work by the Woolly Bike Club's dedicated volunteers - please give them a high five, come up frequently to enjoy our world class groomed singletrack, and consider making the Woolly Bike Club your IMBA Chapter of choice or make a tax deductible donation to the Woolly Bike Club.

A narrative...  of our race course: This year's race will start and finish at the SCF Fire Department Parking Lot - adjacent to the Woolly Trailhead.  From the parking lot, the race will go west on pine street, south on Lincoln, and then on to an old section of Woolly trail / singletrack.  Once on this trail, there will be a gradual climb to stretch out the field (reducing congestion) to the Gandy Dancer Trail, and then racers will drop down through Woolly's Big Oak Singletrack.  

At the bottom of Woolly's Big Oak singletrack in the parking lot is the critical lap/finish intersection.  All racers will turn right on this first pass through.  Racers doing the long race will turn right here twice, whilst short racers will turn right here once.  Racers will turn left at this same intersection to go to the finish. 

Once on the main singletrack loop after the lap/finish intersection, you'll primarily be enjoying Woolly's sweet flowy lines of groomed singletrack - with occasional stints of wider trail sections mixed in for passing.  

Above is a close up map of our start/finish venue, as well as where hospitality items will be.
Remember to bring an extra set of clothes and your dancing shoes for after the race - we have a fantastic afternoon & evening planned - full of podium awards ceremonies, swag giveaways, and free craft beer sampling / wood fired pizza available for purchase at Trap Rock Brewery!

Following is the schedule for race day - December 16th, 2017
All Day Food Vending:  Food & Beverage Service will be available courtesy of the SCF Fire Department.  The fire dept menu will include a variety of hot drinks, soda, beer, and brats.  Note that the Trap Rock Brewery (1 block west) will have free craft beer samples and wood fired pizza available for purchase throughout the day.  
8AM:  Solstice Chase Race Registration pickup starts inside the St. Croix Falls Fire Department building at 908 Pine Street.
10AM:  Solstice Chase long race starts at the SCF Fire Department.
10:15AM:  Solstice Chase short race starts at the SCF Fire Department.
Afternoon: Food available at the fire department all day & craft beer samples / wood fire pizza at the Trap Rock Brewery!
2:30PM:  Overall awards ceremony for both race distances overall - including $800 cash for the long race! Awards ceremony will be held at the finish line - under the 45NRTH arch!
3PM:  More sweet fat biking swag will be given away than you can shake a stick at (for racers & volunteers) - must be present to win!  We will migrate over to the Trap Rock Brewery for this after the race awards ceremony for the swag giveaway and to show off our new brewery that will be opening soon!

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