This is a long-time favorite event among NorCal endurance racers. Everything about is is cool---the course, the venue, the people! If you've never done this one you owe it to yourself to come out and find out why some racers do it year after year.
COURSE: The trail system within the Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area is FANTASTIC! Most of the singletrack trails were dug by hand during the 1850's Gold Rush era. Few places in the world have this much flowing singletrack. Racers have loved our course for years---some have described as "the best parts of the Lemurain" ---and this year's course will be even better! Instead of taking the Shasta Mine Trail the course will stay on the Clear Creek Canal Trail, which is longer, twistier and more fun! We haven't used this trail before because of one nasty section affectionately known as "The Ditch of Death," but that section has been reworked and is now completely ridable. The course will be about 8.5 miles long with about 1450' of climbing.
CLICK HERE FOR THE COURSE MAP
VENUE: You'll love it, the people. The venue is the NEED Camp, a cute facility right on Clear Creek. with nice lawn pit area, real bathrooms AND showers, paved parking and and bunk houses that you and your crew can rent for Friday and/or Saturday night.
SCHEDULE: 8 Hour is 9am to 5pm on Saturday, Oct. 6
The 24 Hours is 9:00am Saturday Oct. 6 to 9:00am Sunday, Oct. 7
TEAM / SOLO CATEGORIES: 1)Beginner 2)Sport 3)Expert 4)Pro 5)Male Jr(age17&<) 6)Master (age 40+) 7)Super Master (age 50+) 8)Super Duper Master (age 60+)
9)Women Jr.(age 17& under 10) Women Beginner 11) Women Sport 12) Women Expert/Pro
13) Mixed (at least one woman) 14)Clydesdale (each rider 200lb+) 15)Tandem (2 entries) 16)Unicycle 17) Singlespeed 18)Singlespeed Women NOTE: Category is determined by the highest ranked team member: For instance, a 4-rider team with only 1 expert will still race in the expert category. For age categories (Jr., Master, etc.) all team members must be within that age category.
START / FINISH: The start/finish is in the NEED Camp . ONLY LAPS COMPLETED by 5pm for the 8hour or 9:00am for the 24 Hour will be counted.
Self Sufficiency Rule: Once on course, only the rider may work on the bike & only with tools & parts carried on the bike. Each lap must be completed on the same bike on which it began. Once back at the finish line you can switch bikes, get help from your team or spectators or Santa Claus, but you gotta get there yourself.
Awards: We'll have medals for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in all categories. We'll also raffle off some cool sponsor schwag. The better you and your team do, the more raffle tickets you'll get.
CABINS: Rather not camp? We've reserved a block of bunkhouses right at the race venue. They sleep 8, there's a central bathroom and shower-house, all for only $50 per night for the whole bunkhouse. The course passes right by the bunk-houses---so you may pit out of your bunk-house if you want. Available Friday and Saturday night. Reserve early, there's a limited number of cabins. To avoid double booking cabins they will only be available on-line. Reserve your cabin when you register on-line to race.
8 HOUR ENTRY FEES: $55 per rider, Juniors (age 17 & under) $45 Race day entry is $15 extra.
24 HOUR ENTRY FEES: $100 per rider, Juniors (age 17 & under) $90 Race day entry is $15 extra.
RACER CHECK-IN: Pick up your rider number and sign your waiver at the NEED Camp on Friday, 3pm to 7pm or on race morning, 6am to 8am.
RACE DAY ENTRY: At the NEED Camp from 6:30-7am only and there is a $15 per rider late fee.
RIDERS MEETING: All solos and all team captains must attend the the riders meetings and we strongly suggest that all riders attend too. Knowing the rules and procedures is the responsibility of each rider.
WHISKEYTOWN NATIONAL RECREATION AREA REQUIRES A PARK PASS.
Passes are available at the visitors center. $5 per vehicle per day, or $25 per year.
The rangers WILL CITE vehicles not displaying a pass.
CAMPING: There are many campsites in the Whiskeytown Lake recreation Area. Contact Whiskeytown Ranger Station (530) 275-1587, or on the web go to http://totalescape.com/active/campstuff/NF/shasta.html
24 Hour racers may camp within the venue on Saturday night only.There are bunkhouses to rent right at the venue for Friday and Saturday. Free camping for Friday and Saturday night is a half mail from the main venue at "Horse Camp" and the course passes right through the campground near the completion of your lap.
WEATHER: Fall at Whiskeytown is usually 70s or 80s in the day, BUT, it can be very cold at night. 24 Hour riders need to be prepared for the 50s and 40s.
NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE NEED CAMP: If you're gonna have your pooch consider staying at Horse Camp. It's only 1/2 mile from the NEED Camp and the course runs right by it. It's $10 per night per vehicle. It's a group camp with a pit toilet and running water.
DIRECTIONS: Whiskeytown Lake is 12 miles west of Redding off of Highway 299. Watch for a blue sign reading "Whiskeytown Visitor Center." Be sure to stop at the center and pay your $5 day fee. From the visitor center stay on the main road for about 3 miles, sign-up is at the NEED Camp.
Special thanks to Cyclopedia and the Redding Mountain Bike Club for helping to make this event possible.
This event is a benefit for the Shasta County Search & Rescue Team. Over the years Team Bigfoot's Whiskeytown events have raised over $3700 for the team.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO AT WHISKEYTOWN? The Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area is a real treasure. There's the lake of course--great for swimming, sunning, boating, fishing, etc. There are endless hiking trails, many of them lead to incredible water falls. Stop by the visitors center for details or visit the website: http://www.nps.gov/whis/index.htm
SOLO CUP CHAMPIONSHIP: Championships are up for grabs in all categories! The format is simple, we add up your miles from your races all season and whoever has the most in your category is awarded with a championship trophy at the finals. Awards will be presented after the conclusion of the Whiskeytown Nine to Five. However if there is a rider still on course in the 24 Hours of Whiskeytown with a mathematical chance of amassing the most miles in his/her category, the award for that category will not be given out until the conclusion of the 24 Hour race.
To be eligible for a Solo Cup Trophy a rider must race in either final event (8 hr or 24hr) and at least one other Team Bigfoot endurance event earlier in the season.
6 Hours of Weaverville, May 25
Kali Spring Enduro, May 26
12 Hours of Humboldt, August 10
6 Hours of Humboldt, August 10
Whiskeytown Nine to Five, Oct. 5
24 Hours of Whiskeytown, Oct. 5& 6
Whiskeytown 9 to 5 & 24 Hours of Whiskeytown AWARDS: The top three in each category get Team Bigfoot Medals.
We'll also raffle off some cool sponsor schwag: Kenda Tires, Rock N Roll Lube, ODI grips & more! The better you and your team do, the more raffle tickets you'll get.
GLOW-IN-THE-DARK 24 HOURS OF WHISKEYTOWN
You'll love this shirt! The stars, moon and
Bigfoot's lights all glow in the dark!