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The Steamboat Stinger Races

Steamboat Springs, CO

Aug 17, 2013

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The Steamboat Stinger Races

Mar 01 2013, 12:00 pm (Mountain)
Aug 13 2013, 11:59 pm (Mountain)
970-367-4394
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Aug 17 2013
Steamboat Springs, CO
Mountain Bike, Marathon

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ALL MTB races are at capacity and closed for registration.

2013 is here and so is the 3rd annual Steamboat Stinger! This time with a bigger field and another day of added fun and suffering! The Steamboat Stinger aims to provide a challenging backcountry race experience showcasing some of Steamboat Springs' finest singletrack.

Once again, we will feature a full and half trail marathon in addition to our Mountain Bike Race. 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.

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

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

THE MTB COURSE:
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.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Start at Howelsen base (Olympian hall) – ride past Nordic jumps to Robbie’s cut detour – to upper Robbie’s cut – go straight across mile run to Blackmere – turn left and up Blackmere to Orton meadow – take a right and go through the meadow to MGM – up MGM to Prayer Flag Road - right on Angry Grouse – up Angry Grouse to Blair Witch – right on Blair Witch to Prayer Flag Road – up Prayer Flag Road to Abbey’s – right on Abbey’s and veer left up to Stairway to Heaven – right on Ridge Road to Ridge/Beall Trailhead - *Aid 1* – go right down Ridge Trail – Ridge Trail to left on Cow Creek Road – up Cow Creek Road - *Aid 2*- to Beall Trailhead – left and up Beall Trail to Ridge/Beall Trailhead- *Aid 3*– right on Ridge Road to Root Canal – Root Canal to Quarry Mountain Trail – Quarry Mountain Trail to Little Moab – down Little Moab and right onto Lupine Trail – down Lupine to 2nd Blackmere access point – left on Blackmere – up Blackmere and right on Prayer Flag Road – Prayer Flag to Larry’s Trail – Larry’s Trail to Blackmere Dr – cross Blackmere to lower Lupine Trail – Lupine to Ricky’s Ridge – Ricky’s Ridge to a right at Howelsen Meadows – Howelsen Meadows to Bluffs Loop – Bluffs loop to right turn on Bluffs overlook trail – Bluffs overlook around back to lower Bluffs Loop staying low and right – out to rodeo grounds back into Finish – *Aid 4* - Repeat above course for 2nd lap. (Course subject to change up until race day)

*Please note: There is an Electric Fence bordering the right side of Ridge Trail. Please make sure to stay on the trail!

MAP & ELEVATION PROFILE:




THE TRAIL MARATHON COURSE:
Start at Howelsen base (Olympian hall) – run past Nordic jumps to Robbie’s cut detour – to upper Robbie’s cut – go straight across mile run to Blackmere – turn left and up Blackmere to Orton meadow – take a right and go through the meadow to MGM – up MGM to Prayer Flag Road - *Aid 1* -right on Angry Grouse – up Angry Grouse to Blair Witch – right on Blair Witch to Prayer Flag Road – up Prayer Flag Road to Abbey’s – right on Abbey’s and veer left up to Stairway to Heaven – right on Ridge Road to Ridge/Beall Trailhead - *Aid 2* – go right down Ridge Trail – Ridge Trail to left on Cow Creek Road – up Cow Creek Road - *Aid 3*- to Beall Trailhead – left and up Beall Trail to Ridge/Beall Trailhead- *Aid 4*– right on Ridge Road to Root Canal – Root Canal to Quarry Mountain Trail – Quarry Mountain Trail to Little Moab – down Little Moab and right onto Lupine Trail – down Lupine to 2nd Blackmere access point – left on Blackmere – up Blackmere and right on Prayer Flag Road – Prayer Flag to Larry’s Trail - *Aid 5* – Larry’s Trail to Blackmere Dr – cross Blackmere to lower Lupine Trail – Lupine to Ricky’s Ridge – Ricky’s Ridge to a right at Howelsen Meadows – Howelsen Meadows to Bluffs Loop – Bluffs loop to right turn on Bluffs overlook trail – Bluffs overlook around back to lower Bluffs Loop staying low and right – out to rodeo grounds back into Finish - *Recovery/Aid 6* (Course subject to change up until race day)

THE TRAIL HALF MARATHON COURSE:
Start at Howelsen base (Olympian hall) – run past Nordic jumps to Robbie’s cut detour – to upper Robbie’s cut – go straight across mile run to Blackmere – turn left and up Blackmere to Orton meadow – take a right and go through the meadow to MGM – up MGM to Prayer Flag Road – *Aid 1* - right on Angry Grouse – up Angry Grouse to Blair Witch – right on Blair Witch to Prayer Flag Road – up Prayer Flag Road to Abbey’s – right on Abbey’s and veer left up to Stairway to Heaven – right on Ridge Road to Ridge/Beall Trailhead *Aid 2* – turn around and run down Ridge Road to Root Canal – Root Canal to Quarry Mountain Trail – Quarry Mountain Trail to Little Moab – down Little Moab and right onto Lupine Trail – down Lupine to 2nd Blackmere access point – left on Blackmere – up Blackmere and right on Prayer Flag Road – Prayer Flag to Larry’s Trail - *Aid 3* – Larry’s Trail to Blackmere Dr – cross Blackmere to lower Lupine Trail – Lupine to Ricky’s Ridge – Ricky’s Ridge to a right at Howelsen Meadows – Howelsen Meadows to Bluffs Loop – Bluffs loop to right turn on Bluffs overlook trail – Bluffs overlook around back to lower Bluffs Loop staying low and right – out to rodeo grounds back into Finish – *Recovery/Aid 4* (Course subject to change up until race day) 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.™

COURSE CHANGES:
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.

START TIME & SCHEDULE:
**Schedule still subject to change** Stay posted for updates**

CANCELLATION POLICY:
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.

CUT-OFF TIMES:
Mountain Bike - Due to the constraints of our permit, we will have a cut-off time of 12:30pm/12:40pm/12:50pm at the Start/Finish for riders leaving on their second lap, depending upon which wave they start in. We will cut riders off if it takes more than 4½ hours for their first lap. Duo racers should plan ahead and place their fastest rider first in rotation.

Trail Marathon - We will have a cut-off time of 10:00am to reach the top of the Ridge Trail via the front-side of Emerald, and will not let runners head down Ridge towards Cow Creek past 10:00am.
Half Marathon – There will be no cut-off time.

PARKING:
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.

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

FORMAT:

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.

CATEGORIES:

Race Categories Mountain Bike Race:

Solo
• Solo Pro/Open Men
• Solo Citizen Men
• Solo Pro/Open Female
• Solo Female Citizen
• Solo Male Singlespeed
• Solo Female Singlespeed
• Clydesdale – 200lbs

Duo
• Duo Male
• Duo Female
• Due Co-ed

CATEGORY EXPLANATION:
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.

SAFETY & PROFESSIONAL EVENT MEDICAL SERVICES:
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 www.ems-unlimited.com for more information.

SANCTIONING:
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).

PRE-RIDING:
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.

RULES:
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.

Lodging:
Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Villas is a race sponsor and our preferred lodging partner for the 2013 Steamboat Stinger. Please visit their reservations page to book your accommodations today!

ANY MORE QUESTIONS?
Shoot us an email at SteamboatStinger@HoneyStinger.com
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The Steamboat Stinger Races

Aug 17 2013
Location: Steamboat Springs, CO
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