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2017 – CANCELLED…. sorry.
Crested Butte Classic as hosted by Dave Ochs!
No more than 74 people allowed for this event! This is intended to be NON-COMMERCIAL, Recreational-Use Activities that are held on parts of USFS lands in compliance with USFS Special Use Rules and Regulations. Please make sure to read all rules for this. This is a backcountry endeavor that will require mad Jedi skills, navigation skills, proper preparation, and remote single track shredding. Be prepared for all conditions, inclement weather, immense vertical and know you are on your own. You will need to be self-sufficient in order to complete this. The rules are located HERE.
When: Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
Crested Butte Classic 2016 Information
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, 5:00am
Course Map, GPS, Description HERE
5:00am meet, put your name down at the CB Chamber of Commerce located at the 4-way (6th and Elk Ave) You can park here for the day – not overnight.
5:30 am SHARP depart.
Elk Avenue to 1st Street. 1st to Butte Avenue, Butte to Peanut Lake Road. Lower Loop to Gunsight Bridge to Slate River Road. Slate River Rd (#734) to Washington Gulch Road (#811) to 403. 403 to Gothic Road (#317) to Schofield Pass. 401 to Rustlers Gulch – EXIT at Rustlers, Gothic Road through the Town of Gothic (you MUST use brakes on the hill into Gothic – 15 mph max), to Deer Creek Trail to Brush Creek Road, Death Pass (shortcut on Brush Creek Road), East Brush Creek Road (#738.2B) to Trail 400, 400 to the TOP, then Crystal Peak Trail down to Cement Creek Road, to the Hunter Creek Trail where you get on Upper Cement Creek Trail. Upper Cement Creek Trail to Cement Creek Road, left turn to the Reno Divide Trail and Reno/Italian Road, Flag Creek, Bear Creek, and Deadmans Trails, back to Cement Creek Road. Left on Cement Creek Road to the Warm Springs Trail, up Warm Springs to the Wall, Hammer Trail or 405.2a to 405, to Point Lookout, to 409, then 409 to Strand Hill/Farris Road, and then finish with Strand BONUS (not Strand hill), Canal Trail, Brush Creek Road back towards the Town of CB. Then the Deli trail that parallels the highway back into Town, and ultimately finish and get your name back on that clipboard you saw last at 5:00am at the Brick Oven Pizzeria on Elk Avenue. (3rd and Elk)
Much of this course, and the other 450+ miles of track around here, are advocated for, maintained by, and often built by the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association, the oldest club on our fine planet – since 1983! The goal here is to focus on the miles and efforts of CBMBA in making this stuff friggin hero track, and la-la land riding – miles of it – and connecting drainages and valleys. Where we can, we’re on muscle powered only track, and so much of this have seen CBMBA volunteer tools – nearly every sq. inch has seen CBMBA advocacy. Dig it – check it out…. CBMBA website (new one around the corner…)
Again, our homies and friends at the Brick Oven are psyched to have you finish on their deck, and then drink a glorious beverage for your efforts. Do be kind to the folks there – don’t de-chamois in front of the family visiting from Georgia, and be kind to the waitstaff. Dan and Brian will be good to us, let’s return that favor!
Support vehicles will be at the Chamber at 5:00am, please bring your well-labeled bags/feeds for these vehicles, they will be ‘help yourself’ on course. Support vehicle #1 at the end of Deer Creek/Brush Creek Trailhead – mile 40. Vehicle #2 at the Deadman Trailhead – mile 75. Do keep a headlamp handy at this last feed in case you are pushing the sunlight and want to continue on.
Do know this is a self-supported (besides those vehicles put in place) race, where you can face extreme weather, and very much extreme backcountry conditions. BE PREPARED! Be safe. This event has no affiliations, course markings, or waivers – you are on your own.
Past course information below – DO NOT DO THIS FOR 2017…but good course if you come to the area for fun,
Special Note: We won’t be at the Brick Oven this year, but at the Post Office parking lot, that shares the Brick. However the post party will be at the Brick Oven!! That way, we are a bit out of the Brick’s hair on a busy weekend, but still near the Brick for excellent beer and pizza. Also you may park at the Chamber of Commerce as in years past. Riders can park anywhere else in town that is legal, and we’ll have to meet at the PO Parking lot to start.
The Brick Oven is mighty grateful to always lend space and support for this race, but racers need to know it’s not their public shower or base camp area. You can most certainly go in to buy slices, get drinks etc, but don’t count on them for water, bottle refills, bathroom, etc. Please also be sure to tip your waiter/waitress and make this whole thing worth while for the crew working at the Brick.
Avery Brewing is indeed taking care of us again this year, however, it’s July in CB, and we CAN NOT interfere with business at the Brick Oven. Dan and Brian are going out of their way to make sure each rider gets a beer for their efforts, however, it will not be the free for all of previous years, when business was slow enough to allow for salty and totally worked racers to be lounging around the Brick taking up space. Please do patronize the Brick as a paying customer, get a table, order pie, drink your beer and order more, but please no lounging around in spandex, laying down on the deck when there are TONS of paying customers around. Please also respect their facility, and their bathroom is not the place to take a ‘French Shower’ in between laps. RESPECT peeps, so we can keep doing this!!! This year is going to be FUN factor x10 with epic loops and big miles.
Description of Route: NEW COURSE IN 2015
Email me at email@example.com for gps files.
Also to note! We will meet at 6:30 AM at the Brick Oven/Post Office Parking lot for a 7 AM start. Please come early to sign in, and get any questions answered.
3 Separate Loops from Crested Butte with the ability to self-support yourself via support bags at the 4-Way or from your parked car, house, or even your entourage.
Loop 1 – Teocalli Ridge trail is back open after 2 years of being closed to MTB’s, as the FS has been doing some stellar work on it. Loop 1 will now be Strand/Teocalli/Canal trail, then back to the Brick. If you can navigate to Deer Creek as previously loop1, then it’s just a right turn onto Teo, instead of a left to Deer Creek. After Teo – and WICKED big smiles – then you head down Brush Creek road for a 1/4 mile, and get on the Canal trail heading back to town. Canal takes you to where you ended Strand Hill, and once you hit the road, you go left back to town. So it’s Strand and the Canal trail to Brush Creek, turn right and head to Teo. After Teo, it’s Canal trail all the way back to Brush Creek, then left and back to town. It’s quite simple. Ill get it mapped and post it.
Loop 2 – going big – it’s July and we have more time… sorry there’s more road in it… but the track is beyond epic – Reno, Flag, Bear, Deadman!
Loop 3 – Dyke Trail. Head up Old Kebler to Kebler pass all the way to the ‘Y’, then head right at the ‘Y’ and go up towards the Irwin town site. South of the lake, and then over to the Dyke trail. After the Dyke, head up Kebler Pass road again towards the top of the pass and take the Wagon trail (LOWER) or East side of the Wagon trail. ONLY the portion that parallels Kebler Pass Road.
Congrats you have just finished the CB Classic!
As usual, the good folks at Avery Brewing will be supplying the libations for the event. Always remember to hug your local Avery rep, and do make sure to tip the Brick Oven staff who take care of you. Feel free to email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
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