BP up to Severed and Severed down are rideable as of this afternoon. A few snowy bits, but all good.
Um, by someone other than Taubes.
Actual scientific research articles.
The whole gist of current, leading edge research (and our evolutionary biology which didn't involve refined sugars and carbs) is that Atkins was right.
Wait, what? As an obesity researcher (involved in "current, leading edge research"), that's news to me…
Care to share some of this research you're referring to?
Enduro, 717. Red jersey, orange/red goggles…Glow in the dark yellow bike.
Odd. That log looks cut off. Like someone ran out of gas and did not complete the job. Or picked up an already cut log and placed it on the skinny?
It is cut. The left side has been suspended (balanced on one of its branches) over the skinny for a while now…gradually dropping lower and lower. Not sure why it was cut where it was and the one side left up in the air.
gender is irrelevant. it will be fun for anyone who likes ripping flank laps, including a lot of ladies i know. a modicum of skill is required if you don't know the trails that well, and good fitness will help, but there's nothing crazy in the course. our trails are physical and the climbing is tough.
trails that will not be included: pura vida (it needs a break), diary of a madman (gnarly and overgrown!), jaws (gnarly, except during perfect conditions like RIGHT NOW!), green monster (dangerous to race), rockwork orange (at builder's request). everything else is fair game.
the beast was gnarly and never intended for mass consumption, the women weren't the only ones scared.
what is discouraging about this format? if you have the fitness to endure 4 flank climbs and the skills and trail knowledge to enjoy the variety of flank descents then you're golden.
I plan to be there :)
It's still going to be a long way from Super-D or XC. Could really just be splitting hairs or over thinking it.
The idea is to discourage people from getting to the base of the climb on a transition stage and just getting off and walking, usually it's not because of ability it's because the rider has decided to run a DH drivetrain and DH wheels/tires on their trail bike for full downhill smashing. Riders shouldn't be planning to walk the up, they should be planning to ride but if have to walk due to being tired that should be acceptable.
Make a bit more sense? Nobody wants it to be XC.
I agree with this.
I can crawl along just as slowly in granny gear as I can walk. Not sure my transition times would reflect a difference - so not sure this would be a valid assessment for me (and for the record, I did pedal most of the south and alpine flanks at crankworx, but chose to walk a few times; and yeah, I was on the podium too).
Clark - just curious - how interested are you in encouraging women to participate in this event? (Yes, I think the women's only events like Bond this weekend are awesome; I'll be there, looking forward to it!). I think it would be a shame if others (like Sparkplug) who are interested in trying out some enduros are discouraged by this format. There were only two women at the Beast, correct? (I would have liked to, but I was coaching that weekend).
i'm experimenting with a time bonus for climbing the transitions in the funduro next month to try to keep people on their bikes, we'll see how it goes. will be pretty tough to ride all 4 climbs without a granny. good idea or not?
Not sure this is something I'm in favour of. In practice for crankworx I was able to pedal up to Pura Vida, but race day was a different story. And yes, I do have a granny gear and was using it.
Perhaps if you're giving time bonuses for staying on your bike for the transitions, you could also give time bonuses for taking the more challenging lines on the time sections (this would actually be much easier to monitor).
Fresh info up: http://www.crankworx.com/whistler/events/open-enduro
Too bad no discounted TOTW tickets for season pass holders. The fact alone that season pass holders don't have TOTW access in the first place is ridiculous, along with bike patrolers not letting riders climb up Pika's Traverse.
I emailed to enquire about ToW access for seasons pass holders, this was the reply I received:
"We will have complimentary Top of the World tickets for the training and race day (August 9-11). You can collect these from the Athlete Centre when you come to get your race plate.
No XL's available for demo… Just S, M, L
Will you have a small in the Podium, and will there be opportunities to demo on a different day? (working this weekend)