Good news - the route will be less brutal this year!! 2 major climbs are removed, and the lap distance as well as the # of laps for the IMBCS XC race categories are all a bit shorter this year. Marathon Junkies have the option to race in the Marathon Open for cash prizes and get the full monty.
I have done some grooming on the trails and the DNR has done some mowing, but the connector sections at Lake Ahquabi need to be addressed. We'll hit those with the CITA trail work day on Sunday, September 18th from 1-5 pm. Come on out with some work clothes, your bike and some beverages to help groom it and get the route in tip top shape.
*Based on feedback and the difficulty we had in timing so many racers last year, there will be electronic chip timing this year. I have arranged for the electronic chip timing system from Nebraska Cycling that is used in the Nebraska Psycowpath mountain bike races to handle the increased number of racers at The Mullet. The chip is attached to your bike's fork and is removed at the end of the race. Online registration will be a part of that new process at Raceregister.net Why? It takes so much time to enter the racer's data into the software and assign a number plate and chip that we can't do it all on the morning of the race. Entry fees will be discounted for all those that register online and we urge you to do that. That's a no-brainer if you are coming to do the race anyway. Sign up online for the discount and save some cash!! Online registration will be up and running on September 20th and close the evening before the race at 9 pm on October 8th.
*Based on the Beach Shelter restrooms being closed for the season on race day, we will have 2 porta potties available for everyone's needs. So I'm going with the best. Karla from PiPi's will be providing the facilities this year. Look at her stuff...
*The route will change a bit from last year as I have removed 2 of the long and steep climbs as well as a bit of distance so that things are not as brutal. In addition, winning finish times will be close to the IMBCS XC suggested finishing times for each category.
*Plans are to have a post race party with a CITA fund raiser which may include a cookout, music, beverages, home made goodies, etc... . Add the post race party to your travel plans. ;-]
*In addition to the Expert (CAT 1), Comp/Singlespeed (CAT 2), Sport (CAT 2), Beginner (CAT 3) classes, there will be an open Marathon Class again this year. The Marathon riders will be turning as many full laps as one can cram into the time allotment and the winners for the Marathon will be racing for cash prizes.
*A prize will be awarded to the racer sporting the best real grown hair Mullet (no wigs and hair growing on the back of your neck doesn't count).
All information is over on the right side of the page and may be updated or changed as plans continue to form for this event.