The Steamboat Stinger Races

The Steamboat Stinger Races

Steamboat Springs, CO

Aug 11, 2012

Registration Information

The Steamboat Stinger

Apr 18 2012, 1:58 pm (Eastern)
Aug 08 2012, 10:00 pm (Eastern)

The Steamboat Stinger Special Registrations

Jul 26 2012, 8:00 am (Eastern)
Aug 08 2012, 10:00 pm (Eastern)
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Aug 11 2012
Steamboat Springs, CO
Mountain Bike, Trail, Mountain Bike

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Individual and duo categories for the mountain bike race are closed as of 5/11. All running categories are still open.

Registration for all categories of the 2012 Steamboat Stinger will be live Wednesday 4/18 at high noon, otherwise known at 12pm MST. Thanks for your patience and interest in the 2012 race.

Sorry folks, no day-of registration for either event.

After the success of last year's event, we anticipate selling out quickly so please keep this in mind!

After the success of the inaugural event in 2011, we present the 2nd annual Steamboat Stinger! This time with a bigger field and another day of added fun and suffering! After originally drawing inspiration from races such as the Firecracker 50, Gunnison Growler and Laramie Enduro, the Steamboat Stinger aims to provide a challenging backcountry race experience showcasing some of Steamboat Springs' finest singletrack.

Never shy of a challenge, we figured, why stop with just a mountain bike race? So for 2012 we will also feature a full and half trail marathon as well. These two events can be separate, or if you wish to take the ultimate challenge, you can participate in both events - the 50 mile solo mountain bike race, and then the 26.2 trail marathon the next day - to be crowned King Sting or Queen Bee of the Steamboat Stinger – this is not a category requiring registration but we will track with our timing partner.

These events are true to Steamboat Springs' tradition: epic fun with an added bit of western flair. Giddy up!

You can expect singletrack…lots of it. Beginning at the Howelson Hill Ski Area right in the heart of Steamboat, the course takes an extended detour deep into the beautiful backcountry of Routt County before returning to the transition/finish area. Racers will wind through open meadows, deeply-cupped, aspen-lined, narrow Colorado loam and wild sage gardens offering incredible views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. It's a 50-mile race, plus or minus a bit, composed of two 25-mile loops - 100% of which are on dirt featuring 90% singletrack.

Up through Hoo Boo Park, up Mile run, Blackmere Dr., Orton Meadow, Eye 2 Eye, MGM, Prayer Flag Rd. to Abby's to Stairway to The Ridge Rd., to Ridge Trail and its several sky turns, to Cow Creek Rd., up Beall to Ridge Rd. to Root Canal, to Quarry, Blair Witch down Steamboat Moab to Lupine out at Loop 4 to Prayer Flag Meadow down Larry's to lower Lupine, down Brian's Worry, Bluffs Loop back to the start/finish area.


The course for the running races have yet to be finalized but will be very similar, with the 26.2 Marathon course being nearly identical to one lap of the mountain bike course plus a bit more to reach marathon distance.

The Half Marathon trail will not include Ridge Trail or Beall Trail. Full course info coming soon.

All roads and trails will be open to the public on race day so please be mindful of other trail users. Trail litter will not be tolerated so Packet In. Packet Out.™

**Schedule still subject to change** Stay posted for updates**

Friday, August 10th
12:00pm -7pm - Packet Pick Up for mtb race and run open at BAP!

Course open for pre-riding and inspection from 8am-8pm

Saturday, August 11th
7:45 am – MANDATORY Racer Meeting at Base of Howelson Hill – Start/Finish Line
8:00 am – Pro/Open Men start
8:10 am – Pro/Open Women, All Duo Categories and Single Speed Start
8:20 am – Citizen Men, Citizen Woman, Clydesdale Start
2pm – Awards
2pm - 6pm – Packet Pick Up for Running Races

Sunday, August 12th
6:45am – Mandatory Racer Meeting at Base of Howelsen Hill – Start/Finish Line
7:00am – First wave start - Marathon
7:05am – Second wave start – Half Marathon
2pm – Awards

We may alter the race course slightly at any time up until race day but we promise it will still be a hard day in the saddle or on foot! A rain cancellation is possible as well as the City of Steamboat Springs has final say on race day conditions. Slick mud on Howelsen Hill is not good for riding or for trail health.

Earthquake, rain, plague, locusts, hellfire, etc policy: sometimes there are just things beyond mortal control. If we see a swarm of locusts coming over the horizon, some sort of hostile invading military force or even if there's just too much rain to keep the course (and all of you wonderful people) safe, we're gonna have to go with "Plan B". Depending upon our options at the time we reserve the right to cancel, postpone, reschedule, throw our arms up in the air and run around like a gibbon monkey, etc. What happens to your entry fees? We'll do what's fair. Nobody is going to be stoked about a cancellation, least of all us, but we'll make the decision on-site with all of the information.

Mountain Bike - Due to the constraints of our permit, we will have a cut off time of 12:30pm at the Start/Finish for riders leaving on their second lap. A cut off time of 12:30 will also be in effect for all runners as well. Duo racers should plan ahead and place their fastest rider first in rotation.

Trail Marathon - Due to the constraints of our permit, we will have a TBD cut off time at the Half Marathon cut off for Marathon runners.

All race day parking is free at the base of Howelsen Hill accessed via 5th Street. The start/finish and post race party/awards venue is within site and 1 minute walking distance of all parking spots. Also, a pedestrian bridge crosses the Yampa River from the parking lot area to allow for easy access to and from the shops and restaurants of downtown.

Refunds will be honored up until Midnight August 3rd. After that date all requests will be granted a deferred entry into the 2013 race.

Proceeds from the Steamboat Stinger will benefit:
• Partners in Routt County
• Routt County Riders
• Leave No Trace
• Emerald Mountain Partnership


Full run course info coming soon!


Mountain Bike Race:
• Solo categories will ride two 25-mile loops.
• Duo categories (teams of two) will ride one lap each.
Trail Running Race:
• Full Trail Marathon Distance 26.2, one full lap.
• Half Trail Marathon Distance 13.1, one short lap.

Race Categories Mountain Bike Race:

• Solo Pro/Open Men
• Solo Citizen Men
• Solo Pro/Open Female
• Solo Female Citizen
• Solo Male Singlespeed
• Solo Female Singlespeed
• Clydesdale – 200lbs+
• Duo Male
• Duo Female
• Due Co-ed
Running Race Age Group Categories TBD.
Pro/ Open is for faster folks like Cat 1 and Pro mountain bike racers and Citizen is for folks planning on a less hectic pace. Figure Cat 2 mountain bike racers and below should race Citizen. If you need to swap categories let us know. Remember, sandbagging is lame.

Packet Pick Up will take place on Friday, August 10th at BAP!, 735 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO. The times for Packet Pick Up on Friday will from 12pm – 7pm. You can pick up packets for either the Mountain Bike Race or the Run Race. There will be no packet pick up for the day of the Mountain bike race on Saturday.

Packet Pick Up for the run only will also take place at Olympian Hall at Howelson Hill on Saturday, August 11th from 2-6pm

Mountain Bike Race:
Solo categories: $75
Duo Categories: $140
Trail Running Race:

Full Marathon: $65
Half Marathon: $45

This year we have upped our field limit to 400 mountain bike racers on course at any one time (total registrants will be higher due to duo categories) and 400 total trail running race participants.

The Steamboat Stinger is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to your safety and health. Race day event medical services will be provided by Event Medical Solutions Unlimited (EMS Unlimited). Mobile rapid response event paramedics and EMT's will be strategically placed, ready at a moment's notice, to provide life-saving emergency treatment even in the most remote corners of the course. Two medical aid tents provided by EMS Unlimited, equipped with everything from IV's and EKG machines to ice packs and wound irrigation fluids will be available to race participants and spectators alike. Stop by an aid tent if you're not feeling well, need a band-aid, want a free blood pressure check or just to say hi. EMS Unlimited is Colorado's premier provider of event medical services that specializes in destination/mountain communities and remote access events, visit them at for more information.

Sanctioning for the Mountain Bike race will be provided by USA Cycling. Competitive Permit # TBD. All racers must have a valid USAC license or purchase a One Day License (additional $5).

The Trails at Howelsen Hill are open to the public, so please be courteous of all other users including the equestrian operation. Horses can be skittish around bikes, especially with inexperienced folks on board, so please be extremely courteous and cautious. The Ridge and Beall Trail sections of the course are on BLM property which will be closed to other users on race day. Please be courteous of other users while previewing the course on BLM property.

Be courteous to your fellow racers! Rule #1 is to have fun and don’t be rude to your fellow competitors. All USAC rules apply for the mountain bike race.

We've got tons of delicious Honey Stinger up for grabs along with various other prizes and items. We will go 5 deep in each solo category and 3 deep for the Duo's on the mountain bike side and TBD for the run. A TBD cash purse will be available in certain categories.

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