This race will consist of 5 stages using the following trails:
Stage 1: Blue Heron & Reedy Fork
Stage 2: Wild Turkey
Stage 3: Country Park
Stage 4: Owls Roost & Shady Side
Stage 5: Big Loop & Little Loop
The race loops will be timed but the sections leading to each trail will not be timed. The total race length counting non-timed segments is approximately 28 miles. Don't want to race all the segments? No problem. When you're done then head on back to the shelter at Bur-Mil for food and fun. We've also added a "Just Ridin' Along" category for those who want to participate, but not actually race.
The event will begin at the Blue Heron Trailhead parking lot off Yanceyville Street. Shuttles will take riders and their bikes to the trailhead from the pool parking lot at Bur-Mil Park. You should get to the shuttle area at least 30 minutes prior to your wave going off. You are welcome to ride your bike to the Stage 1 start area at Yanceyville Street if you like.
You will be on some roads, so blinkie lights are highly recommended. A police officer will be at busy crossings but still be careful when crossing.
THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!
This is a family-friendly event. We will have food, beer, music, bouncy houses, a kids race and more.
This is a fund-raiser for the Piedmont Fat Tire Society to raise money for trail building and maintenance. It's also a way to say thanks for all the hard work PFTS does by showcasing all the watershed trails in the area.
Each racer will receive a meal ticket with their entry fee. Additional meal tickets can be purchased online or at the event. There will be food, beer and a band at Shelter 2 after the race.
WH/GF/BN is offering great payout for the event again this year. We will pay 5-deep for categories this year. We'll also have some cool trophies and t-shirts for everyone who enters the race.
This year the entry fee will go up a little to cover costs. But everyone who enters gets a free t-shirt. The price this year is $50 and will increase to $60 if you sign up after September 1, so sign up early. We're also increasing the number of racers to 200 this year.
AID STATION & EQUIPMENT
We will have a water station (with plenty of water this year) at the Dasani shelter between Wild Turkey and Owls Roost. There will also be some snacks at the station. Riders are ultimately responsible for any food. You must finish on the bike you started the race on!
SIGNS WILL BE POSTED ALONG THE GREENWAY WITH DIRECTIONS TO ALL START/FINISH POINTS!
STAGE 1: Blue Heron/Reedy Fork
Start at Blue Heron Trailhead, cross Church Street (Police will be there directing traffic), finish at Reedy Fork off Lake Brandt Road
CONNECTOR: Ride up Lake Brandt Road to Lake Brandt Marina
STAGE 2: Wild Turkey
Race Wild Turkey from Lake Brandt Marina to the greenway
CONNECTOR:Take a left on greenway and follow it all the way to the trailhead at Safety Town (3110 Forest Lawn Dr, Greensboro, NC 27455). There is a water station at the Dasani Shelter a 1/10th of a mile from the Wild Turkey finish.
CONNECTOR: Ride the greenway back towards Bur-Mil Park. Enter Owls Roost on the south side where the wide bridge is located (Near the long fire road up to Shady Side).
STAGE 4: Shady Side/Owl's Roost
Start at the bridge. Go up the first, long fire road. Ride Shady Side. When you come out of Shady Side you continue on Owl's Roost Clockwise and race back to the bridge where you started.
CONNECTOR: Exit Owl's Roost towards the greenway and back towards Bur-Mil park. You will ride up Owl's Roost Road and enter the park by the swimming pool and go back to the shelter where the food and music are located. You will see the start/finish inflatable arch.
STAGE 5: Big Loop/Little Loop
You will ride Big Loop counterclockwise to the greenway. You will take a right on the greenway and go to Little Loop. You will enter Little Loop beside the shelter. You will take a left turn at the top of Little Loop and come back down the trail to the entrance where there are rocks by the greenway. You will take a left and continue back down the greenway to the entrance to Big Loop (two-way traffic for about 50 yards) where you came out of the trail. You will ride the second half of Big Loop back to the start/finish area. Then you're done. Have some food, beer and lots of fun.