I'd say the short track or the endurance events... if you do something a bit different that will attract more people.
A Santa Fe to Flagstaff race would definitely qualify as a "one big friggin' XC loop"!shiggy said:One big frickin' XC loop.
You can have cutoff trails for shorter beginner and sport routes.
You could also do a great Super-D around Flag.
Sorry. Reading Santa Fe and thinking Flagstaff.rs3o said:A Santa Fe to Flagstaff race would definitely qualify as a "one big friggin' XC loop"!
Thanks for all the comments and ideas. Sounds like folks would definitely be into doing something a little different. I'm sure we'd like to be able to put on an event that would include an STXC/Dirt crit, a super D, a timed event and a marathon event but I think most of the folks on the organization committee would be a little intimidated by having to run more than one race, so it'll have to be one of the above. I can see how just an STXC may not attract that many people to race so the timed event looks like the obvious choice. Keep the comments and ideas coming, though!
rs3o said:Recently, I found out that a formerly defunct race in Santa Fe is being resurrected. Along with GlenZX, I volunteered to help organize it. One of the discussions we had at our first meeting was exactly what kind of race it's going to be. So, imagine that you're an XC racer in a Southwestern state that has a race series of 10 or so events, all of which are your standard XC race. Would you be interested in doing something a little different? So far, the choices are:
- A timed endurance event (like a 24 hour race except we don't want to put on a 24 hour race, so it's be how many laps can you do in say, 4 hours?).
- A short track, but probably something with longer laps. The idea is to have an event that is more spectator-friendly.
- The standard 1 lap for beginners, 2 laps for sports and 3 laps for experts XC race.
Another consideration is to make the event attractive and accessible for all sorts of riders, from the complete noob to the crusty expert. We're also talking about having a kids' race to make it family-friendly.
Any comments or suggestions are appreciated!
Funny you mention the 4 lap "threshold"! Looks like our course will work out so that the pro/expert groups will do 4 laps - and the laps may be as much as 7.5 to 8 miles - but are at 6.2 miles now. The cool part is that for each lap we'll be going through the start/finish/staging area twice, as it's a distorted figure 8 that instead of crossing at the intersection "pinches down". Keeps the registration/expo/start/finish/etc... area very central and festive - I hope anyhow! With FAST lap times of about 40 minutes as the 6.2 mile course stands now, it's more of a typical XC race - but, we;ve got the preliminary OK to add some connector pieces of trail in that will add as much as 1.6 miles aprx, 1/2 of which is baby-head strewn techy singletrack that will make everyone work pretty hard, especially when cracking at the end!ozone said:personally I do not think the format matters as much as the location/course.
1 big loop is fun to race but it is hard to pre-ride so it is hard to tell where you are in relation to the finish. Spectators do not like it and aid stations are a problem if you hate camel backs.
Small loops 10-20mins are great for the spectators but suck to race on no matter the course. I absolutly hate doing more then 4 laps on anything that last over an hour. I lose interest and lap traffic is always a problem.
my favorite courses are ones that you can do either 2 laps of the same course or 2 different loops with a crossover near the start finish. My favorite race was always Rage in the Sage. 2 laps on a 21 mile course. The start is on a brutal dirt road for a mile, the rest single track and the finish is on a bmx track.