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Hay Creek Bike-O and Foot-O
  • Topic created by ErikEddy on Tue Mar 15, 2016 at 7:44 pm
    Erik Eddy (ErikEddy)
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    First O: 1998
    The Hay Creek event scheduled for March 26th (day before Easter) will have all courses White-Blue and a 2 MTB-o. My course setting throughout the winter has been very pleasant in this "remote-feel" perserve by Birdsboro, PA adjacent to French Creek.  The event will be staged out of the Kulptown Firehouse like in June, but you will be amazed at the difference in the woods once you enter the terrain.  The beginner courses take an excellent tour of the Reservoir, while I will leave the advanced courses a mystery.


    I'd like everyone to be aware that:

    Mountain Bike Orienteering: 

    The event will have two mountain bike orienteering courses (same time window).  All of the controls will be directly on the trail, sometimes not even on a true feature.  The trail network at Hay Creek is appropriate for an intermediate mountain biker with alot of doubletrack, not overly rocky and generally fast.  It is also not very complex.  Please be aware that beginner/intermediate mountain biker still require good bike handling skills and front suspension to navigate rocks, steep descends, and sometimes eroded trails.

    The navigation is similar to a yellow course-the challenge is picking a good route choice, memorizing your plan, not missing your turns and learning to read the map at a very fast pace.  You will definately want a plan to easily read your map!

    Final details are still being completed and the long course may be lengthened, but courses will be ~4 miles (600 ft climb) and ~7 miles (900 ft climb) true distance.

    Start/Finish Area:

    The Start/Finish area is about a half mile from the registration area, including a climb.  To accomodate, we plan to have a clothing drop and water jugs/food at the finish, which you will pass before going to the start.  Those who would like to do both a foot-o and bike-o course have the option to sign up for both courses at registration and begin their 2nd course immediately after finishing without walking/biking back to registration!  
  • Reply by Runswithmap on Fri Mar 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm
    George Hart (Runswithmap)
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    You've designed an outstanding event. I plan to start with the foot event and then the easier bike leg. Thanks for your work on a creative meet. George Hart Wilkes-Barre
  • Reply by rpboehme on Tue Mar 22, 2016 at 9:17 am
    Rich Boehme (rpboehme)
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    Would it be at all possible to do the Bike O on foot as a NC after my normal event?  Get a little extra hiking in.  I do have a MTB, but my skills at shredding leave a lot to be desired....

    Rich

  • Reply by BobGross on Tue Mar 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm
    Bob Gross (BobGross)
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    Rich - I don't see a problem with a NC on the bike course. We'll need to keep track of map supplies so that all bike competitors are covered. 
  • Reply by ErikEddy on Tue Mar 22, 2016 at 10:38 pm
    Erik Eddy (ErikEddy)
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    ... that was pretty much what I was going to say.  I wouldn't want 20 people running the course as foot-o and running out of maps, but should be a nice way to get some more exploration in.  I could probably draw it up on a foot-o map for a couple people if desired.  See you then! 
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