Thursday, October 4, 2007

Latest News

1/8/08: Do you have your Continental Divide Snowmobile map yet? The 2007-2008 version is available but the 2006-2007 will work just as well. Have you followed the course descriptions listed below on your map? Any questions?

1/4/08: Course Descriptions have been added to the Race Details section below.

12/31/07: About 75% of the 100-mile route has been groomed according to employees at Togwotee Lodge and the State of Wyoming snowmobile trails grooming program. We will head up there to ride the route on snowmobiles and gather a GPS file as soon as we get confirmation that the route is ready. They are a bit behind schedule this year in getting the major trails groomed.

12/21/07: We rode the 25-loop "counter-clockwise" from Togwotee Lodge last Sunday, Dec 15th. Conditions were challenging; cold temps, wind, intermittent snow, and unconsolidated snow left the trails unrideable in places. Our total time for the loop was 7:12:00 (no, that is not a typo)and our moving time was 6:25:00. I am estimating that we pushed our bikes 2 - 2.5 hours of the moving time. Using MotionBased to view the GPS file, we gained 3, 096' in elevation. Since last Sunday, the Togwotee area has received at least a foot of new snow.

11/14/07: The 2007-2008 Wyoming Snowmobile Trails maps have been printed and are shipping now. Mine came in the mail today. The Continental Divide map can be ordered here and is a required item for the race. If you can spare $25, I also recommend that you order a snowmobile permit as a goodwill gesture. This permit is not required for snow bikes but 95% of the $25 goes towards the Snowmobile Trails Fund and pays for the grooming program that we rely on for excellent snow biking conditions.

10/4/07: The race is on! If you have a Pugsley, a FatBike, or any other bike equipped to ride on the snow, dust 'em off and lube 'em up. If you don't have one you need to find one quick and start training.

Race Details & Registration

The Togwotee Winter Classic is a non-profit bike race on snowmobile trails near Togwotee Pass at 7,000' to 9,500' in elevation under extreme winter conditions.

When: January 19th, 2008 - 9:00AM Start
Distances: 107-mile loop with 14,500' of climbing
25-mile loop with 3,100' of climbing
Entry Fee: Free
Start / Finish: Togwotee Mountain Lodge
Registration: 50 Racer Limit, please send an email to reserve your spot
Awards: There may be a few raffle prizes and/or prizes
Map of the area: Continental Divide Snowmobile Map
GPS File: 100-Mile Route on MotionBased (as of Jan 16, 2008)

Course Descriptions (using the Continental Divide Snowmobile Map):
25-Mile Loop:
Start - Parking area directly across the highway from Togwotee Lodge
CD Trail East
Right on V Trail (you will immediately push up a steep hill)
Right on CD Trail
Finish - Parking area directly across the highway from Togwotee Lodge

100-Mile Loop:
Start - Parking area directly across the highway from Togwotee Lodge
CD Trail East
Left on J Trail
Left on CD Trail (towards Warm Springs)
Right on A Trail
Left on CD Trail
Left on E Trail
Right on T Trail (very short section)
Left on E Trail
Left on K Trail
Right on CD Trail
Finish - Parking area directly across the highway from Togwotee Lodge

Race Rules

Important. The sponsors, organizers, and anyone having anything to do with this race are NOT responsible for your safety. We can't say this enough.....YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU!

There will be no aid stations or support for 100-mile racers. There will be one aid station providing water and possibly a bonfire at roughly mile 14 of the 25-mile course. Otherwise, the Togwotee Winter Classic is a self-supported, solo competition. Competitors must carry with them ALL necessary equipment.

No outside help from anyone except other racers is allowed. This means that there are no support crews of any kind and no rides/tows accepted from snowmobilers, nor other vehicles. If you take a ride, you are forfeiting your right to finish the race and you must contact race officials to notify us when/where you are dropping out of the race. However, participants are encouraged to help each other. The buddy system is a good way to do this race.

If the final 100-mile course is routed near a commercial lodge, and the lodge is open when you get there, you can buy a meal, supplies, or even get a room if you need a break.

If you leave the race course for some reason, you must re-enter the course exactly where you left it or notify race officials that you are dropping out as soon as is feasible. Short-cutting the course is not allowed and will be grounds for disqualification.

GPS Systems are allowed for navigation.

Drafting is allowed...and quite fun at 4 MPH on the snow.

Safety & Gear

Required Gear
- Red Tail light
- Handlebar light OR headlamp
- Backup light source
- Route sheet (to be handed out at pre-race check in)
- Continental Divide Snowmobile Map

Recommended Gear
- Insulated water container
- Firestarter
- -20 Sleeping Bag
- Bivy sack or tent
- Insulated sleeping pad
- Stove
- Fuel
- Pot
- Full wind suit
- Extra mittens & head wear
- Extra base layer
- Extra socks
- Clear goggles
- Map
- Compass
- Bike tools
- Tube

Winter Safety Tips
Icebike Winter Tips

Winter Camping Tips

Hypothermia & Cold Weather Injuries

Race Roster

100 Mile Men
Jay Petervary
Marko Ross-Bryant
100 Mile Women
25 Mile Men
Aaron Japel
Chris Erickson
Scott Fitzgerald
Tom McDonald
25 Mile Women
Jannine Fitzgerald
Jill Damman
Michelle Byers
Tina Martinez
Tracey Petervary