We Rest To Be Strong.
Returning April 4th, 2015.
Nope, you didn’t read that wrong: SoNoMas is taking a year off. There was a lot that didn’t make sense about this one this time around, including rolling up against a busy MTB race calendar before the heat really rises in July.
We’ll be taking that time to really bring some more value to this race and we want to hear from you knuckleheads about what that looks like. This race is typically our dark horse, attendance-wise, but we do host a robust pro field, offer a prize purse, and still keep the food, beer, and t-shirts flowing. If you had some thoughts about what would convince you to drive another half hour north past Annadel, we’re all ears. Registration fee changes, pastel course marking (easier on the eyes), wittier website copy, gluten-free number plates, whatever: if it compels you to race 35 beautiful miles of singletrack, we want to hear about it. We’ll shoot out a way-short, incentivized survey come early February.
When we do drop the flag on registration, these are the conditions you can expect:
LONG COURSE: 34 Miles, 7,000′
Open Singlespeed Men
Open Expert Men
Expert Men 35+
Masters Men 50+
Open Sport Men
Sport Men 35+
SHORT COURSE: 24 Miles, 5,500′
Open Expert Women
Open Sport Women
Open Beginner Men
The Hardest XC
Six years in and we still need to say it: This event is not a joke, though you will likely need to laugh in order to get through it. It is a true test of your fitness in every sense. Lake Sonoma is a very rugged place with the terrain to match. Isolation is a regular condition out there, so be safe and try to silence the nagging voices in your head. In short, if you’re considering entering this event, you should be training for it.
The SoNoMas race course is 34.5 grueling miles of steep terrain. Normally, the hot weather causes a fair few folks to have to abandon the race. Hopefully, this spring will allow folks to roll through this course without having to nuke their internal organs. Make no mistake, though: you will feel every inch of this race. The climbs are short, steep, and come at you constantly. The descents are of a similar character. There are very few long climbs to set into and just as few long descents to use to get around all those people who passed you on the climbs. Expect to pedal and, should you be racing your singlespeed, do some research when selecting your gearing.
Rest stops are placed in this configuration:
- Long Course: 8mi (minimal), 16mi (minimal), 21mi (full), 23mi (minimal), 29mi (full)
- Short Course: 7mi (minimal), 12mi (full), 14mi (minimal), 20mi (full)
- “Minimal” stops include water, Gu, and Gu Brew.
- “Full” stops include water, Gu, Gu Brew, a Bike Monkey/Camelbak bottle feed with Gu Brew and basic food such as bananas and oranges. Bike Monkey/Camelbak bottle feeds are limited to one bottle only
What you get
Registration for SoNoMas will be $65/person. Each entry includes a commemorative shirt; light breakfast and post-race meal; a considerable supply of beer; prizes; camping in the large oversized grass recreation area; and one of the most difficult cross country races of your life.
FRIDAY before the race - Camping officially opens to race participants. Registration opens. Check out the lake and cool off your feet.
8:00 AM — Mass start with CHP escort
1:30 PM — Awards
Prizes and Awards
Our sponsors are generous folks, and you can rest assured that in addition to having a chance of taking home one of our beautiful medals at the podium, there will be a great big mountain of prizes from folks like Camelbak, Marin, Ergon, Giro, and Capo to get through. We’ll also be awarding CASH purses to Pro Men, Pro Women, and Singlespeed categories as well.A minimum of 5 racers in a given category is required in order to receive a cash payout. You must be present in order to receive any prizes or awards given for placing in your category.
You can count on bottle feeds at this race. We need you hydrated. Hydrated people make it back to the finish line. Dehydrated ones enjoy a lesser fate. Plan on a one-bottle handup at the Old Skaggs rest stop at mile 21 on the long course only.
EQUAL Cash payouts are awarded for Pro Men and Women. We’ve even got cash for the Open Singlespeed Men.
- Camping is recommended. Come on Friday and plan on camping out so you’re ready to rock on Saturday morning.
- Bring your own dishes for eating dinner. Glassware for beer drinkin’ too. Probably should include forks, spoons, knives, and napkins on that list.
- Keep your dog on a leash.