February 2, 2010 – The 2010 Original Growler is SOLD OUT. The wait list is also over the top so we will no longer be taking names for that. Entries are transferable until at least a week before the event so keep an eye on the MTBR forums, etc.
The 2010 Original Growler will start at 7am sharp, Sunday May 30th with twin shotgun blasts. The course is the same as last year’s, with one small exception: we’ll be running it in the other direction (for the most part!) The well-marked course of around 30 miles contains loads of classic and challenging Gunnison singletrack – trails like Skull Pass, Top of the World, Rattlesnake, Ridge Trail and Joshos. You won’t be bored! The lap climbs around 4,000 vertical feet (but never more than a few hundred in one shot.)
The Original Growler is only for experienced mountain bikers that possess the skills and judgment necessary to assess difficult and challenging trails and roads and negotiate them in a safe manner. NO BEGINNERS, PLEASE!
For comparison, the general character and difficulty of the trails and roads in the Original Growler is similar to those of the BLM Mack Ridge Trail System near Fruita, CO: Mary’s Loop, Lion’s Loop, Horsethief Loop, Steve’s Loop, etc.
The Original Growler race course contains difficult, technically demanding, and of course, potentially dangerous, singletrack trails, double-tracks and roads.
The Original Growler course is an isolated, backcountry route that includes numerous sections located in steep and rugged terrain where participants may be hours from medical attention and/or evacuation in the event of a serious mishap.
The long-distance nature of these races, both the Half and Full Growler, emphasizes the importance of adequate preparation, physical fitness and sound decision-making on the part of each participant.
Two racing options: The Full-Growler is the signature event. Two laps; about 64 miles. The Half-Growler is one lap for about 32 miles of racing. Both are presented by Ergon and SRAM, and brought to you by Gunnison Trails, a Colorado charitable organization. Gunnison Trails is dedicated to maintaining and expanding the singletrack experience in the Gunnison area. All proceeds from the Growler benefit Gunnison Trails.
One mass start for all categories, both distances, 7am sharp. Travis Brown won last year’s 64 in five and a half hours and change, while the Ladies Champ, Eszter Horanyi, blistered the course is less than seven hours.
Race Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org (970)275-0485