For some of you, this is the first time you will be racing enduro so here’s a little info on proper enduro etiquette. During the enduro timed stages, riders are starting in 30 second intervals. Therefore, if a rider catches you, it is because they have gained 30 seconds over your time and are therefore faster than you. Don’t panic but Please allow them to pass AS SOON as you possibly can. If you are the rider from behind coming up on a fellow rider, please make your presence known, I find yelling out ‘rider’ is the best possible way but feel free to yell out ‘hey sexy, I’m hot on your heels’. Most importantly though, remember this is a fun and supportive race. Please also yell ‘thanks’ or words of encouragement as you go by. If you crash, pull off to the side as quickly as possible. If you are able to continue, make sure it is safe to do so and jump back on that saddle. If you come upon a fallen rider – Please make sure the fallen rider is ok. A quick ‘are you ok?’ usually does the trick.
A social ride with a race component….The Hot On Your Heels course utilizes by far some of the best trails in Squamish. A fair bit of climbing, a good amount of descending, amazing views, nothing too hard, nothing too easy, and a great way to help raise funds for Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. This is going to be one of the most amazing days you can have on your bike in Squamish.
There will be 4 timed sections this year, and we’re changing it up just a bit from last year:
- 1st stage is still TBA (we are just finalizing our permissions, so stay tuned)
- 2nd stage IMBA Smart
- 3rd stage Angry Midget
- 4th stage Upper Hybrid/McLoud
Sign on will take place EVEN further up the Ring Creek FSR than last year! Turn left when you get up to the bottom of Half Nelson and keep pedalling. Don’t worry, we won’t be far up the road, just far enough to keep our half naked volunteers away from the general public 😉
To avoid flash mobs on the trail and long delays at the timed sections, riders will start in 4 waves, starting 15 minutes apart. We ask that you self seed on race day and start according to your ability and other riders’ ability. Riders wanting to push themselves on the whole course (this means the timed sections!) should choose the first wave. For those looking to keep the race atmosphere but don’t want to work up a sweat too early on, choose the second or third wave. And for those of you that plan on spending more time chatting with the volunteers than pushing hard on your bike (or if you are just looking to keep it chill), choose the last wave. Riders will be sent for the timed sections at 30 second intervals.
Course Details – A trail forks map will be released as soon as we can release the details of stage 1
STAGE 1 is still TBA
After the end of stage 1 you’ll head over the new Loggers Crossing bridge (replaced George’s Crossing) and up Skookum (I’m sorry)
STAGE 2 is IMBA Smart. This is a fantastic but often forgotten about Blue trail. It’s fast and flowy with a few spots you might want to check out before race day but nothing gnarly!
After stage 2 come back over Loggers Crossing, be sure to high 5 the ladies as you pass them on their way up skookum and then head left up hill.
STAGE 3 is Angry Midget, back for another year and so darn fun. Both options are open about 1/3rd of the way down the trail (both the straight shot and the switchbacks). The exit will be the rider’s left lower line as we have done in the past
At the bottom of stage 3 you will hang a right and head back up the Ring Creek FSR to the last and final stage
STAGE 4 is Hybrid 1 into McLoud. We’re changing this one up a bit with a switch over to McLoud. I’ve ridden by the entrance of this trail so many times but never dropped in. I rode it for the first time a few weeks ago and damn it’s fun! Currently the connection from Hybrid 1 to McLoud is a bit zesty but we’ll work on getting that a bit tamer before race day.
From the bottom of McLoud you’ll hang a left and roll right into the finish line, hot damn!!!
This course is filled with loads of climbing in between stages so although there’s only 4 stages, I guarantee you it won’t be easy. There will be loads of loops and crossovers and high fives and a heck of a lot of massages. And really, let’s face it, we all just want to make it to the after party with enough gas in the tank to dance the night away!