The 2015 SBFBS has offered a very dynamic string of courses, and after the wide-open course at Fat Chance!, it's a bit more a balanced effort for February 1's ControveriALE Fat Bike Race.
Using big chunks of the new Winter Sports Singletrack, it's a drag race of sorts leaving Timber Ridge. They will be a short start loop in Timber as well, lining out the racers before they spill south towards the red loop and the Vasa Supply Road parking lot. It'll be tough passing with a half a mile left until the parking lot, but places will have already been won and lost by then.
The course as a whole, and the Winter Sports Singletrack in particular, are almost immaculate at the moment, and riders should be full gas as they spill across the parking lot and across to Post 1. The first two miles of the WSS are an absolute blast, with some great S curves, fast straightaways and some curling, twisting sections across wind-blown areas. At the 2-3 split, riders will continue right on the outer loop, hitting the first wide-open section since entering the singletrack and the first of two climbs on the course.
The first climb comes just over four and a half miles into the lap and actually turns up after a screaming descent just past the power lines. The climb is all packed and passable at about 8 feet wide, and it's long enough for riders to lose considerable time, even in under 100 feet of elevation gain. At the top, the course stays wide open on Riley's Loop, so riders losing touch may have a hard time getting back to any group.
Riley's Loop is flat and fast for another 2 miles before riders hit the second climb. This one is actually a series of step-ups over .36 miles and 100 feet of elevation. This is the last chance for some separation before racers hit the Vasa for a 3km drag race. It's then back to the last stretch of singletrack and a loop back into Timber Ridge.
The course is just under 12 miles, making the distances for the race roughly 53km and 19km, a touch long and a touch short for the official distances because of our course restrictions. Over each lap, riders will take in 450 feet of elevation, with half of that total coming in the two climbs described above.
A 3 hour cut-off will be enforced as riders complete their second lap. Riders coming in after 3 hours will not be allowed back out on course, but will be scored as -1 lap, rather than DNF. Please allow 24 hours for this to reflect on the results, as they must be manually changed after the fact.
You can see Keith's slow roll of the course, with slightly low elevation, here.