Rode the course on Sunday. I think anyone that goes out too hard on the double track & then up through Mohawk & BurntPine is going to be ready to blow up just when they hit Bear Bluff ( run backward ). Pretty much the last place you would want to blow up!!! Should be interesting....I think I will spectate the elite group from up on Bear Bluff ;^)) . One point... the map on Chico's site shows BearBluff being run frontwards, but Mike @ Buckwallow assures me it is indeed being run backward direction in the race. So if you are pre-riding you may want to run it both ways just in case.