I entered this race not really knowing what to expect. It was billed as a cyclocross race but the venue and course description sounded more like a mountain bike race. There was also a good mix of mountain bikers racing. I would say 15% of the people racing were on mountain bikes. In my category we did 2 laps and each lap was described as being around 10 miles. Here is a brief description of the course:
We are very excited to use a new course which encircles the entire Bear Creek Lake Park. The course is approximately 10 miles in length and features a taste of all types of terrain, with one big climb, rolling hills, lots of singletrack and exciting descents. This will not be just another mountain bike race, as there will be barriers, dismounts and run ups throughout the course. There will be a neutral support feed zone at the end of each lap. The Start/Finish venue will be at Coyote Crossing.
To give a little more detail on the course there were 2 sand pits, 1 river crossing, a tiny bit of pavement, 1 relatively long double-track climb and 1 long run up. This course had a little of everything and was a blast! It was refreshing change to a typical cyclocross course. The purists would probably hate this course but for me the fun meter was pegged.
I pre-registered so I was committed. I woke up Saturday morning and there was 4 inches of new snow on the ground and the temperature was a balmy 15 degrees. I got to the state park about an hour before my start and started to get ready. It was extremely difficult to warmup with such cold temps and I had not thrown my trainer in the car.
Since the laps were so long I was racing the course completely blind. The race started and within maybe 100 meters of the start there was a sand pit, a small bit of singletrack and then a long semi rocky decent. The course then became more typical with twisty single and double track.
The overall race ended up being quite a bit longer than a typical cyclocross race but when I finished there was a small fire going and hot chocolate. I will definetely be back next year for this race!