Wednesday, July 18, 2007

2007 Bigfoot Classic

bigfoot2007.jpgThis weekend is the latest race in the NorCal State Championships series, the 2007 Bigfoot Classic. The Bigfoot Classic is a multi-event race running from Friday through Sunday (July 20th - 22nd):
  • SUPER-D (Friday afternoon): Start at the top of Bald Mountain down a few sections of the XC course. Last year's winning times were well over 20 minutes! Each rider gets one run.
  • CROSS COUNTRY (Saturday morning): The cross-county course is a 60% / 40% mix of singletrack and fireroad with lotsa singletrack. The course is about 15 miles (we added some more singletrack). Beginners do one full lap, Sports go one and a half laps (they don't go out to the lake on lap 2) and expert/pros go two full laps.
  • DOWNHILL (Sunday afternoon): The downhill course has been called "world cup worthy." It has high speed stuff, a little bit of slower technical stuff and all the jumps and drops that the experts love, but with safe & sane outs for the beginners and sports. Best two of three format. Course will be open for practice on Saturday after the Super-D (probably 3pm or so) On race day we'll run shuttles with two trucks & trailers, and you're welcome to run your own shuttle too.
  • SHORT TRACK (Sunday morning): One mile all singletrack course. A half-mile climb to the top, then a twisty-turny roller-coaster ride back down to the pits & start/finish area. 8 laps for Pro/Experts, 4 laps for Beginner/Sports. $50 cash prize & a pair of Kenda tires for Pro/Expert winner, a pair of Kenda tires to the Beginner/Sport winner.
The Bigfoot Classic is held outside Arcata, CA near a small town on HWY 299 called Blue Lake (turnoff map, race site map). Make sure and take a map if you are coming up -- the turnoff is tricky and the race site is situated well back from the highway.

I raced XC last year and can attest that this race is one of the more enjoyable course around. Check out my race report and the rest of the coverage from last year.
Event: Bigfoot Classic
Dates: July 20 - 22, 2007
Location: Blue Lake, CA (just east of Arcata on 299) [ MAP ]
Competition: XC, SD, DH, STXC
Cost: $30/SuperD, $35/DH, $35/XC, $25/STXC (discounts for Jr and multi-events)
Registration: onsite or
License: ? (last year didn't require a USA Cycling license)
If everything goes well this week, I'll be rolling up north on Friday for this. Anyone up for beers in Arcata on Friday night ?

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