A Benefit for the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League, MCBC’s Off-Road Advocacy Program, Acess4Bikes, and Recreation Solutions
WE RACED ON MAY 31 AND JUNE 1.
And man o man, was it good. Thanks to everyone, including our fine sponsors, for coming out and splaying yourself on the hills and vales of Camp Tamarancho. We’re already working on the 2015 version of what we’re hoping to be a constant part of your race calendar.
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 and a ‘Chainless Race‘ on the famed Flow Trail, both on Saturday. Don’t be sweatin’, though. Both efforts shouldn’t tax you 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 are no prize or medals for this event, but we will post times and get you all some podium-style recognition for your good efforts. 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.
Cost: $15, any category
|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|
Chainless DH Race
This is a downhill race. Whoever gets to the bottom fastest wins. Simple, right? The next part is easy too: no chains are allowed on your bike. If you show up to the start line with a chain on your bike, wrapped around shiny cogs and rings, we will tattoo the name of the event on your bike, Kafka-style. Chainless means chainless or, alternately, no chain.
The idea here is that you’ll test your bike handling skills, primarily your ability to generate momentum by pushing/pumping your bike through turns and over small rises in the Tamarancho Flow Trail. We’re advising dropping that post a bit for optimized center of gravity and all racers should consider additional arm, leg, elbow, knee, and face protection for this (and any other) downhill competition. Before the start of the race, a qualified, stylish mechanic will take your chain off and place it in a ziplock bag so you can ride down the course with it. Another mechanic, equally fashionable, will help you put the chain back on at the bottom.
This is a time trial event: we capture your start time, capture your finish time, and subtract the difference. We’re keeping it casual for year one with only one Men category and one Women category. In the same casual spirit, we won’t have pre-listed start times. As you come to the line, you’ll be sent off, all at one minute/60 second intervals. Since this is a late-hour add-on, we’re not offering medals for the winners, but will post the times and make sure people know that you brought the magic in your respective categories. Click here to check out the route/map on the Strava (actual start/finish may vary slightly).
The Chainless Race specifically benefits further trail development in Marin County via Recreation Solutions 501(c)3, the company that built and will continue to maintain the Tamarancho Flow Trail.
Cost: $15, any category
Start is at 4pm sharp at the top of the Flow Trail. There will be signage and helpful people from registration to direct you to the top of the trail.
The Tamarancho Dirt Classic XC demands skill, a steady heartbeat, and a less-than-heavy breakfast. Miscalculate any of those variables and you may find yourself making a poor showing, especially on that climb up the famed Dead Heifer hill. If animals used to lose their lives going up this thing, you know it’s no anthill.
Expect a 7.7 mile lap 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 Goldilocks-level right. There is a singlespeed category, but please be kind to your knees and set yourself up with a nice spinny gear. Click here for a MAP and here for STRAVA segment. Please do note that there is a small singletrack shortcut that allows racers on their second or third lap to bypass the start line. Otherwise, the laps are precisely the same throughout the race.
Cost $60, any category, with a $10 discount for racers 18 and under.
* Categories schedule slightly modified on Tuesday May 27th.
|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 AM||2|
|Sport Men 36-40||10:05 AM||2|
|Sport Men 41+||10:10 AM||2|
|Wave 4 (Expert)|
|Expert Men U35||11:10 AM||3|
|Expert Men 36+||11:15 AM||3|
|Wave 5 (Pro)|
|Pro Men||12:10 PM||3|
|Open Singlespeed||12:15 PM||2|
|Pro Women & Expert Women (combined category)||12:20 PM||3|
*Juniors can race in the beginner categories if they would rather race 1 lap instead of 2.
What You Get
Registration for the XC race will net you a commemorative shirt; a hot, catered rider meal (Sunday only); three-deep prizes and medals for podium for the XC race (but not the Short Track or Chainless Downhill races). 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), the organization that’s on the receiving end of your camping and dinner fees for that night.
SATURDAY May 31st:
10:00 am — Registration and packet pickup is open. Riders can register for any race at this time, just for an extra $5.
11:30 pm — On-site registration for the Dirt Short Track race closes.
12:00 pm — Dirt Short Track races start. See schedule above for category start times.
3:30 pm — On-site registration for the Chainless Downhill race closes.
4:00 pm — Chainless Downhill races start. Riders go off at one minute intervals in the order that they arrive to the start line.
SUNDAY June 1st:
7:30 am — On-site transfers and packet pickup opens. $20 to transfer on-site.
9:00 am — XC races start
11:00 am — Food arrives
11:30 am — On-site transfers for XC race closes
3:00 pm — Podium ceremonies begin. We’ll do it earlier if we can.
4:00 pm — We’re done. Go home. Or stay and ride more. But we’re probably going home.
Prizes and Awards
We said it above, but we’ll say it again: Anyone nailing down a top three spot in any category for the XC race can expect a medal, prizes, and a brief moment in the sun atop our lovely podium. We’ll do a podium recognition for winners of the Short Track and Chainless Downhill races as well, but will not be able to offer medals or prizes for these events.
We’re offering camping on Saturday night, which is a no-brainer for anyone doing more than the XC race. For $20 a person, you get camping and parking, which is a hot commodity at the venue any day. Kids under 16 are free, so bring the family. You’ll be the first for pre-rides, and have a rare morning sunrise normally only available to Boy Scouts, squirrels, and denizens of the woods. Spots are limited, like everything, and you’ll want to register ahead of time. You can do this on the registration form just like everything else. There will be no camping registration on-site. Get it done now.
We’ll also have a hearty dinner as well as a bagel/coffee breakfast will be available for sale on-site for all campers. That’s an additional $15 for adults and $10 for those under 16 years of age. Like we said, all camping and dinner fees go to benefit A4B.
Be Prepared (motto credit: Boy Scouts of America)
We have a couple of rules disguised as suggestions:
- PARKING. Parking is very limited. If you’d like to park at Camp Tamarancho itself, you can purchase a parking pass via the online registration form. 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. Here is a map of where paid parking is as well as some other areas you maybe able to park. Please respect the parking signs within the town of Fairfax.
- 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 on-site. To purchase an annual pass visit here.
- REGISTRATION. You can register online for any race, or register on-site for any or all of the three races (XC, Chainless Downhill, and Short Track). There will be an $10 additional fee for registering onsite. This year, you will NOT need a USAC license or USAC 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 and characteristic of the park will make race day a little less puckerish.
- NO DOGS ALLOWED. Sorry folks – dogs must be left at home. We know, we know. He’s more than a pet, he’s more than an animal. You all have a bond, a love, a truly deep companionship. That’s a beautiful thing, but it’s not a variable here. 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, and could cost us future access to this venue.