True Grit Epic 100 & 50 2018

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  1. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    With all this talk of VQ, CC, Grizzly 100 and WW50....

    This is an event no to be missed.

    http://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/an-epic-full-of-true-grit.5827/

    http://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/true-grit-fail-not-how-i-had-it-planned.4065/

    Im not sure just yet whether I'm gonna do the 50 again or attempt to finish the 100.


    Ride Name:True Grit Epic
    When:Saturday March 10, 2018
    Time:TBA
    Where:St. George, UT
    Ride Description or Details:
    http://truegritepic.com/





    Schedule of Events

    6:00 Pm Nov 11th – Registration Opens
    11:59 PM Thursday before race – On-line Registration Closes
    2 pm – 6 pm Friday before race – Packet Pick-up and last minute Registration at Red Rock Bicycle
    Saturday

    6:30 AM- 8:45 am Saturday, day of race Packet Pick- up at venue
    6:40-6:50 – 100 Mile Line up and Racer Meeting
    6:50 -6:58 Opening Ceremony
    7:00 AM – 100 Mile Start
    8:30 – 50 Mile Line up and Racer Meeting
    8:35 – 50 Mile opening ceremony
    8:45 AM – 50 Mile Start ( last wave at 9 am –see below)
    1 :00 pm – post race meal begins
    2:00 -6pm Beer Garden Open
    2 :00- 6 pm – Live Concert at Finish
    2:00 pm- 6 pm – Awards Ceremony for 100 and 50 top finishers
    2: 00 PM -50 Mile OPEN MEN and WOMEN ( awarded 5 deep)
    2:30 PM 50 Mile Sport and Single Speed Categories (awarded 3 deep)
    4:00 PM announcements and SWAG give away
    4:30 PM 100 Mile Men and Single Speed (awarded 5 deep)
    5:00 PM 100 Mile Women and 50 + ( or after the 5th place winner finishes) (awarded 4 deep)


    Start Times

    Start times are staggered to spread out the field. Note the start times below and line up appropriately.

    100 Mile : Staggered as Follows ( only 1 waive 2016)

    7:00 AM Male Open
    7:00 AM Female Open, Single Speed, Masters
    50 Miles : Staggered Start in the Following Order

    WAVE 1 – 8:45 AM Open Male and Female (yellow)
    WAVE 2 – 8:53 AM Male Single Speed, Male 40-49, Male 50+ GREEN
    WAVE 3 – 9:00 AM Male 60+, Male 30 -39, Male 14-29, Sport Female ( RED )
    23 Miles – This race has been canceled this year to accommodate growing numbers in out 50 mile and 100 mile events.

    Qualifying Times, Cut-Offs, and Check Points

    ALL RACERS MUST FINISH BY 6PM

    100 Mile – 11 hours

    50 Mile – 9 Hours



    FURTHER You MUST Make the Following Cut -Off times to proceed on the trail:

    Cut-off points apply to all 50 and 100 mile categories equally. For 100 mile racers these are absolute times. If you reach a check point past these times you will be redirected to the Finish and given a DNF for the race. Pace yourself accordingly so that you can reach all the check points to finish.
    ➡ Leaving FZ1 -Zen-heading up to the Poppy Trail 2:30 PM ( 50 mile race@ mile 20.6) , ( 100 mile race @ mile 63.8 )
    ➡Junction of Stucki RD & Rim Runner access – 4:00 PM ( 50 mile race @ mile 34.4 ) , ( 100 mile race @ mile 77)
    ➡Start of Barrel Rolls 4:30 PM ( 50 mile race @ mile 37.5) ( 100 mile race @ Mile 80.5)
    CHECK POINTS

    Check point keep racers honest and help us track you on course. There are 2 check point on the course. When you pass these a Course Official will record your bib number which will show as a split-time LIVE at the results tent.



    The points are located

    1. The end of the Zen Trail before FZ1

    2. The end of the Barrel Rolls Lap ( if you need to access the feed zone after you lap you should do so after exiting the check station.)

    100 Mile racers will receive a check a total of 4 check marks, 2 for each lap.

    Any racer who crossing the finish line without their time stamped in the system will be assumed to be a DNF.

    Live Timing and Results

    Save this ULR ( http://app.lap.io/event/2015-true-grit-epic ) to watch a live feed of the race and look up results. Starters will show beginning Thursday 3/12 LIVE FEED

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How tough is this race: Our tag line is not a joke, this is a tough race. It is a mountain bikers race. The first 20 miles are over rocky and steep terrain that requires excellent bike handling skills and upper body strength. We are not telling you this to scare you. We have first time racers that do really well on this course, you will just want to train properly and if you are spending the winter on a trainer add some upper body strength training to feel your best at this early season race.
    What bike should I use: The most popular bike for this race seems to be a hard tail 29ner. Full suspension will help you get through the Barrel Cacti and Zen trails easier, but a hard trail may be more efficient when pedaling the Poppy trail and Stucki Springs trail. NUE rules say there is no switching bikes, so choose wisely. As always we suggest pre-riding.
    What nutrition is supplied: The nutrition provided at our aid stations is based on our sponsors for that year. We try to have a variety of supplements and real food, but we may not have what you are used to. We usually have some homemade goodies like banana bread, PBJ, or Cookies.
    Can I drop a Bag: You will be able to drop bags at 1 or both of the aid stations. Look for the bag drop area near the finish line before the race. These will be transported for you at the start of the race and returned to the venue just after the aid station closes. This is usually 3 pm for Feed 1 and 5 or 6 pm for Feed 2. We recommend only 100 Mile racers drop to Feed 2. Any bags left will be dropped at Red Rock Bicycle and can be picked up there beginning at 10:00 am Sunday morning. Bags not claimed will be disposed of.
    Tell me about the post-race meal: We will post details on the vendor under the vendor page once they have been selected and the menu set for the year. The finish line meal always has both meat and vegetarian options. Meals will start at 2 pm and be available until the end of the race.
    What is the weather like: This is a spring race, and like any place in the spring the weather can vary greatly. The average high is 68 degrees, low 38 degree and precipitation .93 “. But we have seen temps as high as 85 and as low as 40 so come prepared for anything.
    Can people watch the race: Our permits require us to have a closed course ( see side panel). As such most of the course is closed to spectators. This being said there are a couple of places that friends, family and support staff can reach you while you are racing.
    • The first 23 miles can be view from the top of canyon view drive in Green Valley
    •Support can access the first aid station in Green Valley
    •Support can access racers at the bottom of Stucki Spings Road in Santa Clara.
    •In case of an emergency contact event staff to reach a participant on course.
    Only numbered racers and course marshals are allowed on course with bikes.
    LOST and FOUND
    Any items left at feed zones or found on the trail will be brought to the results table. If they are not claimed by the end of the race they will be available at red rock bicycle beginning at 10:30 am Sunday – 5 pm Monday after the race. The items will be out side in the area of packet pick-up.
     
  2. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    I'm planning to be there again this year.
    This ride is an excellent prep for VQ (harder the CC),
     
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  3. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball
    Ok... The wife kind of kicked me for not going to this one last year, and she told me to make sure I did it this year. We'll see if she remembers that with all we have going on right now. :D

    My question is: how would I fare on the 50 miler with never having ridden in that area? It sure don't look like Main Divide and Motorway! o_O
     
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  4. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    You'll be fine. Remember it's only 44 miles. :whistling: You figure out how to ride the chunk and tech pretty quick. :thumbsup:
     
  5. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball
    Then I'm going to say (99%) certain that I will give it a go! Maybe get her to make a weekend out of it, depending on what's up...
     
  6. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS

    If she doesn't want to go, I'll have the condo again.
     
  7. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    Tons of rocks, but mostly smooth rock in the first section.
    As long as you don't grip as hard as I did......You will be fine.
    33199667000_6307f794aa_m.jpg
     
  8. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball
    I put a reminder on the calendar to sign up when it opens! I'm thinking Chameleon in single speed mode, but not sure which tires? I know what @mtnbikej will run, but what will you (@HBkites) choose now that you have one under your belt? 29er or plus?

    And should I plan on going a day or two early, so I can at least get a taste of the riding and terrain?
     
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  9. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS

    I don't recommend riding it the day before...:it'll beat you up.

    Tires are 2.35 up front, 2.20 out back. Probably Ikons or Ardent Race/Ikon. No weight weenie tires....NO Continentals.
     
  10. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    We can always go out and preride it some weekend....I'm always down for a St. George trip. :thumbsup:
     
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  11. Cornholio

    Cornholio MTB Addict

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    Looks like a good goal for 2019 for me (the 50). I still need to get out there to ride in general.
     
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  12. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    See post above. :thumbsup:
     
  13. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    Last year I used my Trek HT with 2.2 Ikons.
    This year I might try my Scott Sparks (FS) with 2.2 Ikons.
    I don't recommend 2.8 plus tire for that long of a ride (but what the f**k do I know).
     
  14. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball
    I like road trips.
     
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  15. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    So gears on the Raijin would be the right bike?

    Been looking to sign up for something...

    Where are the videos the speak about.

    I have ridden some of the trails
     
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  16. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS


     
  17. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Curious why you guys who are into long rides don't check out the Arizona endurance series. Free, aside from donations required for a couple of them, and great riding...

    https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/
     
  18. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    @mtnbikej thanks and saw you in the middle video spinning out at the start. Looks....Epic!
     
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  19. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    For me it's about travel. I don't get vacation time. So my travel time is limited.

    Perhaps someday.
     
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  20. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    Never heard of it. Thanks for sharing.
    I'll look into it, and try to make one of them.
     
  21. Cougar

    Cougar MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Niguel
    Name:
    Craig
    Current Bike:
    '14 Turner Burner
    Oh man this ride was so good. So unlike what we have here in SoCal terrain wise. Zen was really really draining.

    I'll be thinking about this for next year for sure - I won't be an early registrant though, I've gotta get my monthly miles back up somehow...
     
  22. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2015 Intense Tracer 275c DVO
    Perhaps a 3-week business trip to China will help...:confused: :(
     
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  23. Cougar

    Cougar MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Niguel
    Name:
    Craig
    Current Bike:
    '14 Turner Burner
    I know right :(
     
  24. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    What, they have no mountains in China??? :whistling:
     
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  25. Cougar

    Cougar MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Niguel
    Name:
    Craig
    Current Bike:
    '14 Turner Burner
    Shanghai doesn't, and Beijing... have you read the smog warnings there? I'd rather not :p (but more seriously, I'm not gonna have any time :( )
     
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