Oh it's on. Clark throws down a great course to cap off the Series.
The grande finale of the inaugural year of the Sea to Sky Enduro Series is this Saturday July 26, with hero conditions (wet dirt/dry roots) in the forecast. Continuing to mix things up, this round has the least amount of pedalling (but also the steepest climbing) of all the events, as well as the gnarliest riding, and the earliest course announcement. Full face helmets are mandatory, and DH rubber would be a good choice. All profits are going to WORCAs incredible Sproatt trail project (http://www.worca.com/sproatt-alpine-mulit-use-trail/).
Sign in is 8:00am sharp at the bottom of the gondola. Were starting early to get the first stage done before the public gets up there. Bring your park pass if you have one, or else a single ride up the gondy is $10. Well start uploading at 8:30. From the Roundhouse youll climb up Pikas, past the top of Harmony lift, to the trailhead of Top of the World (a 30-min climb/push).
Stage 1 is TOTW (entire trail) to Franzs bridge at the bottom of hwy 86 - good practice for Crankworx Enduro. In an effort to avoid gnarly trails, jumpy trails, and to avoid having to close a ton of other trails (since the park will be open during stage 2), we are doing a single lower mountain stage on the far left side of the park. Therefore stage 2 starts way down at the containers (ride whatever you want between Franzs bridge and the containers), and includes No Duff, Duffman, Golden Triangle +/- Easy Does It (final details still being ironed out).
Stages 3 and 4 will be on Blackcomb, accessed via the efficient direct climb (not way around/across/over through the sliding center please). Well be riding Hey Bud twice! Why Hey Bud? Because its an awesome trail; its had some nice fresh work done by its long-time caretaker; its hard but not crazy (like its neighbor); its other neighbor (Whistlers worst kept secret ever) is not an option; Golden Boner has been done to death; and theres nothing appropriate/compelling in the Creekside zone. So there. All the jumps/gaps will be taped off.
Why run one trail twice? Two reasons: We are using WBs fancy chip timing system which has only 6 readers total, meaning either 6 stages with fixed start times, or 3 stages with go-whenever-you-like starts. I prefer the latter. And since stage 3 is already set up, its easy to run it twice. Theyve been repeating tracks at recent EWS events and I like the idea - inevitably one of your runs will be faster, likely the second (if you dont push too hard and crash). But both count, so you need to ride smart.
If you dont like the trail selection or format, there will be a box of Kleenex at the top of Hey Bud for you to dry your tears so you dont fog your goggles. Podium and prizes will be at the GLC about an hour after the last rider finishes their second Hey Bud lap, so likely early-mid afternoon. Feel free to buy me a beer. If you cant race, please come volunteer.