May 1-3, 2015
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Boggs 8HR is Sold Out
[ HIll Climb ] [ 8 HR ] [ Super D ] [ Funduro ]
The earth spins around the sun at an alarming rate. Incredibly, another year has passed and we are, for the tenth time in the history of the universe, throwing out our collective shingle for the High Supreme Boggs Funduro Weekend. Registration for the 2015 edition explodes into space on Monday, January 19th at 9AM fresh. We expect it to sell out and, if the past nine years are any indication, that should happen faster than ever before. So stow that suitcase of “eventually” and unpack that knapsack of “now, right now.”
Three Big Days of Racing
The optional stage race (“Funduro”) will happen again in 2015. Hill Climb’s on Friday evening, the 8-Hour main event’s on Saturday, and we let gravity do the work on the Sunday morning’s Super D.
The Boggs Hill Climb starts at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 1. Hyperventilate your way to success over about 20 minutes of regrettable Kodak moments. You’ll make your way to the start line under your own power from the Boggs Central Hub and we’ll have signage and announcements directing you to the start line. Here is last year’s Strava file. The route will likely be the same as in 2014. Likely. Gravity will definitely be identical.
The lazy susan that spins at the heart of our Funduro table remains the 8-Hour event. Expect solos, duos, and trios on a course that covers around 9 miles and scales about 1,100 feet per singletrack-laden lap. It will be buff. It will be fast. It will be, like dad’s aftershave, a piney delight. Look for us to change it again this year, just to keep things fresh and to keep you clowns guessing. Here’s last year’s strava file.
You start at the bottom, then go back to the top of the slide, where you stop and you turn and you go for a ride, then you get to the bottom and you see us again.
Fact: Paul McCartney invented downhill racing. Thought every time we edit his Wikipedia page to say so, somebody cuts it out.
Sunday’s Super D will go from the near-highest point in the Forest to the near-lowest. We’re going for max vert here. Like the Hill Climb, you make your way to the start on your own (and back, once you finish) by 9:00 AM. We’ll be running riders down at 30-second intervals off the line, so be sure to be aware of the terrain in front of you and the hellhound that’s on your tail.
What You Get
Registration for any or all of the Boggs Funduro events will net you a conversation starting t-shirt; a hot, catered meal on Saturday after the 8-Hour Race; a considerable supply of beer; prizes and medals (should you make the podium); camping; as much Port-a-let time as you need; hand-knitted pine needle pillows; and a weekend with hundreds of friends who also left the day-to-day bullshit behind in favor of a great time in the woods together.
The bells start ringing on Friday and the pines stay raised into Sunday. Your faithful Bike Monkey crew takes up residence all week, so if you need us to provide a doctor’s note while you join us for course marking and beer can-voiding, we’re game.
FRIDAY May 1:
6:14 am — DAWN BREAKS
8:00 am — Camping officially opens to race participants. Pre-ride, like you need us to tell you this.
3:30 pm — Packet pickup opens
5:00 pm — Hill Climb begins
6:00 pm — Podium for Hill Climb
8:02 pm — SUNSET, dusky shenanigans
SATURDAY May 2:
6:13 am — SUNRISE
6:30 am — Packet pickup opens
8:00 am — Start for the 8-Hour Race
4:00 pm — Last 8-Hour rider leaves the staging area; dinner service begins
4:45 pm — Timing stops for the 8-Hour Race
5:30 pm — Podium for 8-Hour Race
8:03 pm — SUNSET, more dusky shenanigans, likely louder, more spirited
SUNDAY May 3:
6:12 am — SUNRISE
9:00 am — Timed runs begin for the Super D
10:00 am — Last Super D rider finishes
10:15 am — Podium for Super D and overall Funduro title
11:00 am — Put us in your rearview. Wash up, you beautiful dirtbag. Start making plans for Boggs 2016.
Prizes and Awards
Anyone nailing down a top three spot in any category for any race can expect a medal and a brief moment in the sun atop our lovely podium. The first place winner in your category in the Hill Climb or the Super D will qualify for prizes from our fine sponsors. For the 8-Hour Race, should your category have more than 10 racers/teams in it, all three top spots can expect prizes.
Last year, we crowned Menso de Jong and Kristen Vetterlein the Big Bosses for their fastest times overall at all three races. They earned the right to wear, with great abandon, the Boggs Hooded Robes for the duration of the 2015 race weekend, until someone unseats them, gets their names embroidered across the back, and goes on to tromp around wearing these ridiculous things until Boggs 2016.
These are (or will be, shortly) on display at NorCal Bike Sport, awaiting their time to return to the boreal playground from which they’ve been denied for this last long year. If they fall into hot new hands, they can hang at the winner’s hometown shop or be used for inspiring runs up the steps of the Philly courthouse. Whatever, man. We just need them back more or less in similar condition.
The overall winner will be decided thusly:
Overall times are calculated as the accumulation of time between Friday’s Hill Climb and Sunday’s Super D plus the fastest lap time from Saturday’s 8-Hour Race. Then we deduct one minute for each lap completed over five laps during the 8-Hour Race. A 5-lap minimum during the 8-Hour Race is required in order to remain in contention for the overall placement.
As an example, observe Racer A and B going mano a mano:
Racer A: 16 minutes (Hill Climb time) + 47 minutes (fastest 8-Hour Race lap) – 2 minutes (7 lap bonus from 8-Hour Race) + 9.5 minutes (Super D time) = 62.5 minutes
Racer B: 20 minutes (Hill Climb time) + 49 minutes (fastest 8-Hour Race lap) – 4 minutes (9 lap bonus in 8-Hour Race) + 7 minutes (Super D time) = 62.0 minutes
Racer B wins, despite being slower on the Hill Climb and having a lower personal lap on the 8-Hour Race. Hooray Racer B.
Hill Climb and Super D:
- Open Women
- Master 40+ Women
- Singlespeed Open (will race with Singlespeed Open Men)
- Pro Women
- Beginner Men
- Sport Men
- Expert Men
- Master 40 + Men
- Master 50+ Men
- Master 60+ Men
- Singlespeed Open (will race with Singlespeed Open Women)
- Pro Singlespeed Men
- Pro Men
- 2-Person Coed
- 2-Person Men
- 2-Person Women
- 2-Person Singlespeed
- 3-Person Coed
- 3-Person Men
- 3-Person Women
- 3-Person Singlespeed
We have the following suggestions, most of which are really rules, with like, consequences and everything:
- Pack it in, pack it out. We don’t do trash service and there’s no dumpsters available. There’s not even trash cans. Leave it behind and you’re busted for littering.
- ABSOLUTELY NO self-made campfire rings. None. Zero. Stop it.
- It’ll be cold at night. It’ll be warm during the day. Like wedding cakes, we dress in layers.
- Bring your own dishes for eating dinner. Glassware for beer drinkin’ too. Probably should include forks, spoons, knives, and napkins on that list. We’re zero waste here and almost all of you are camping already anyway. Bring ‘em.
- Bring plenty of water. There’s not really any available, as it’s all primitive camping, but there are stores nearby.
- Keep your dog on a leash. Clean up his poop and pack it out. No amount of love that you have for your dog will make anyone else stoked to step in your animal’s shit.