A Benefit for the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League and MCBC’s Off-Road Advocacy Program
WE RACE ON MAY 31. AND JUNE 1.
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Everywhere At Once
The nice folks at the Tamarancho Dirt Classic approached us last year about taking over management, production, porta-potty ordering, and other glamorous tasks associated with putting on the sole mountain bike race in Marin. The weight of this event has been on a few shoulders and we’re happy to be able to step in and share the load for a little while.
One Day Becomes Two, Added Value For You
Right off, we worked on expanding the event to a two-day race weekend, adding a short track race on Saturday afternoon. Don’t be sweatin’. It won’t be long enough to ruin your big time performance on Sunday’s XC event.
We also removed the USAC license requirement for Tamarancho, so leave the race card and this one last excuse on the bedside table, by the little kangaroo.
Mo’ stuff: expect a flattering race t-shirt, rider meal on Sunday, and, for a wee bit extra, Saturday night camping, dinner, and breakfast.
Dirt Short Track Race
The Dirt Short Track race will start 12 pm on Saturday. Just shy of 1 mile long, with a perfect mix of single track and fire road sprints, riders should expect 30-60 minutes of solid grunting and heaving. There will be a proper podium. For you charming Strava-ites, here is the course. The official map is also available for poring over and obsessing shamelessly. If a category gets too full (e.g. around 40-50 riders), we will break it up by age groups. See categories and schedule below.
|Juniors Under 14||12:00 PM||3||15 min|
|C’s (Beginners)||12:30 PM||6||20 min|
|B’s (Intermediate and Ladies)||1:00 PM||8||30 min|
|A’s (Pro/Expert)||1:45 PM||10||30 min|
The Tamarancho Dirt Classic XC is no joke. It demands skill, a steady heart-beat, and a light breakfast for the climb up Dead Heifer. If animals lose their lives going up this thing, you know it’s not your average ant hill. To keep everyone on track, we will be having racers do laps around a 7.7mile loop with about 1,300 feet of climbing. Pros and experts get ready for three spins around the track, and for those newer to the sport, one lap should feel just about right. There is a singlespeed category, but please pay homage to your knees and set yourself up with a nice spinning gear. Click here for a MAP and here for STRAVA segment. One lap – same lap each time. Only difference is a short single track cut off that will allow racers going onto their second or third laps to miss the start line. Cost $60, and $10 discount for 18 and under.
|Wave 1 (Beginners & Juniors)|
Junior Men 18U*
|Junior Women 18U*||9:05 AM||2|
|Beginner Men 35U||9:10 AM||1|
|Beginner Men 36+||9:15 AM||1|
|Beginner Women||9:20 AM||1|
|Wave 2 (Masters and Sport Women)|
|Masters Men 50+||9:25 AM||2|
|Sport Women||9:30 AM||2|
|Wave 3 (Sport Men)|
|Sport Men 35U||10:00 PM||2|
|Sport Men 36+||10:05 PM||2|
|Wave 4 (Expert)|
|Expert Men U35||10:35 AM||3|
|Expert Men 36+||10:40 AM||3|
|Expert Women||10:45 AM||3|
|Wave 5 (Pro)|
|Pro Men||11:10 AM||3|
|Pro Women||11:15 AM||3|
|Open Singlespeed||11:20 AM||2|
*Juniors can race in the beginner categories if they would rather race 1 lap instead of 2.
What You Get
Registration for either race will net you a commemorative shirt; a hot, catered meal rider meal (Sunday only); prizes and medals for podiums. If you’d like to get the full Tamarancho experience, there will be camping and dinner on Saturday night. Hosted by Access for Bikes (“A4B”)you will be well taken care of. Bring your tent, marshmallow roasting stick, and sign up.
Those under 14 are welcome to race on Saturday, and for those last minute folks onsite registration will be available for the XC race for an $10 additional fee. There will be no onsite registration for the Dirt Short Track Race. SATURDAY May 31st: 10:00 am — Registration (packet pickup) is open. No onsite registration for the Dirt Short Track race, though you can register for Sunday’s race if you’d like. 12:00 pm — Dirt Short Track Races start. See schedule above. SUNDAY June 1st: 8:00 am — Registration opens ( you can register onsite up to 30 minutes before your race starts) 9:00 am — Races start 10:00 am — Food truck arrives 11:00 am — Podium’s begin 3:00 pm — We’re done.
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.
Make a weekend of it, and camp out on Saturday night. $20 a person (kids under 16 are free), which includes the cost of parking. You’ll be the first for pre-rides, and have a rare morning sunrise normally only privy to boy scouts, squirrels and other forest creatures. Camping is limited. Register for camping ahead of time. A hearty dinner, and bagel/coffee breakfast will be available for sale (onsite) $15 for adults and $10 for those under 16 years of age. All camping and dinner fees go to benefit A4B.
We have a couple of suggestions disguised as rules for you as a participant:
- PARKING. Parking is limited. If you’d like to park at Camp Tamarancho itself, you can purchase a parking pass via registration. Otherwise you will need to park in the town of Fairfax and ride/walk (we recommend ride) up the fire road to the top of the camp.
- TAMARANCHO PASS. To race in the event you will need either an annual or day Friends of Tamarancho pass. You can purchase a day pass through online registration, or you can purchase one onsite. To purchase an annual pass visit here.
- REGISTRATION. You can register online, or register onsite (XC race only). There will be an $10 additional fee for registering onsite. This year, you will NOT need a USAC license or day pass.
- PRE-RIDING. Though some of the course will not be open until the day of the event, we recommend you pre-ride via riding the regular Tamarancho loop. Many of these trails will be incorporated in the race. Some of the areas are technical, and getting to know the features such as “the rock” will make race day a little less pucker’ish.
- No Dogs Allowed. Sorry folks – dogs must be left at home, no dogs are allowed at Camp Tamarancho.
- No Alcohol. No Alcohol is allowed at Camp Tamarancho. Don’t get sneaky, this rule will be enforced.