Thursday, March 12, 2009

Enduro'ish Race Series

I'm going to have to, yet again, re-evaluate my race plans for the season due to this new race series by Substance Projects:
Each Marathon and Half-Marathon will focus on “one big lap”. Get on your bike and experience an epic adventure through some of Southern Ontario’s best trails systems. All courses will keep you excited, motivated and inspired to ride at your personal best.

Our goal is to mix single track challenges (up and down) and double track/dirt roads to let you recover, pass and regroup for the next technical challenge.

Each Marathon will be approximately 70 km or have a goal time for first place of 3.5 to 4 hours.

Each Half Marathon will be approximately 30km and have a goal time of 2 hours for first place.

The first race of the series will be a little shorter with a goal time of 3 hours for the Marathon and 1 hour 30 minutes for the Half Marathon so that riders can recover from the climbing at Horseshoe Valley.

Doesn't mean less races, but MORE! Whoot! A couple Ontario Cups may get dropped and replaced by these. 70 km is more my kind of race. O-Cups are only about 1.5 hrs . . . . I'm just getting warmed up at 1.5 hrs into a race.

**Late edit: stilllllllllll no baby.


Big Bikes said...

That sounds like the perfect race format. 100s are too long. You have to conserve your energy too much to really rip them. And XC races are too short. Almost not worth the drive. Speaking of not worth the drive, how long is it going to take me to get frickin' Ontario to do these races?


the original big ring said...

don't know - how far you away in Mass? You got a place to crash if you want to stay here. Most all of the races are within a short (30min - 1 hr drive) from Toronto.