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Interested in 2010 Gunnison Growler?
REGISTRATION OPENS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9TH AT 9PM MOUNTAIN TIME. REGISTER ONLINE ONLY. IF YOU DON’T ALREADY HAVE ONE, WE SUGGEST SETTING UP A BIKEREG.COM PROFILE PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF REGISTRATION. LAST YEAR THE EVENT SOLD OUT FAST!!! PLEASE READ THE RACE DESCRIPTION BELOW TO BE CERTAIN THE ORIGINAL GROWLER IS FOR YOU BEFORE REGISTERING.
The 2011 Original Growler will start at 7am sharp, Sunday May 29th 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, clockwise 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.) Most of the course takes place on your BLM public lands.
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.
Additionally, all roads and trails used in the Original Growler are also open to the public and participants don’t have special preference out on the trail. Participants need to be prepared to encounter, yield to and be courteous to humans on foot, on horseback, on mountain bikes (not racing), on motorcycles, on ATV’s, in full-size vehicles, etc. Cattle may also be encountered while racing in the Growler. This is standard policy for events taking place on BLM public lands.
Here is how the field of 350 will be determined: The majority of entries will be determined during online registration on a first come, first served basis. Registration will open on Wednesday February 9th at 9pm mountain time. A small number of entries will be held for sponsors, partners and race organization discretion. For administrative purposes, we will not be maintaining a waiting list.
We will once again be offering full or partial refunds for the 2011 Growler. Transfers of entries are fine, too. There will be a $20 transfer fee, however, because each transfer requires administrative time. Remember, the Original Growler is a fund-raising event for trail advocacy.
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 non-profit organization. Gunnison Trails is dedicated to maintaining and expanding the singletrack experience in the Gunnison area. All proceeds from the Growler benefit Gunnison Trails.