2015 Spring Thaw Registration Open
Registration for the 2015 Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival is now open! The Cross Country race will take place on May 16th, and the Downhill will take place on May 17th. Check out the Spring Thaw’s new dedicated website for further details here: http://ashlandspringthaw.com
To register for the races, please go here:
2015 Ashland Mountain Challenge Announcement
The AMC is proud to announce it is joining with the California Enduro Series! After feedback from our racers, sponsors and other event organizers, we’ve decided that this will be good for the event and the series. We are also very proud to announce that many of our former sponsors are on board to support the event again this year. Fox Racing Shox is also joining us as a partner for the AMC as well as supporting the Ashland trails through our trail stewardship programs – welcome aboard!
The 2015 Ashland Mountain Challenge will take place on July 11 & 12, 2015. Check out the AMC’s Facebook page for future updates and announcements: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashland-Mountain-Challenge/1504222903174308
For more information on the addition of the AMC to the California Enduro Series, please click the image below. We look forward to seeing you at the race!
Welcome to the 2014 Ashland Mountain Challenge. This race is now in it’s 9th year. The Former race was a Super D format and started at the Mt. Ashland Ski area and descended 12 miles of the Siskiyou Mountains to Lithia Park in Ashland. While it will still be using most of those same trails, it will now have additional trails to be raced on a 1 day race. Racers will compete on all 3-4 stages in one day. Times will be tallied at the end of the final Stage. It is on U.S.F.S. Property and permitted through the Siskiyou Mountains Rangers District.
Full event details are on our website www.ashmtnadv.com and click on the race page. All entries will receive the following:
- well marked course/Custom Race Plate
- Lunch and support area near the finish at the old gun range(awards area)
- swag bag at packet pick up with a $5 coupons for “Standing Stone Brewing” they also have food! A water bottle from Specialized with the AMC Logo.
- 1 Raffle ticket held at awards on Saturday.
- $3000.00 cash purse for the Pro Men and Women
- EMT and search and rescue on site at the finish and 4 corners parking area
Where is the race?
The venue will be at the very top of Lithia Park in Ashland, to get there go to the center of the down town and go up Granite st. until it turns to dirt, there will be signs on Granite and in Lithia Park.
To Check in registration: Come to our shop Ashland Mountain Adventures at 700 Mistletoe rd suite 105 Ashland Or. 97520
To get to the Eastern Ridge Start: From Ashland, Take I5 south to the Mt. Ashland Ski rd. 9 miles then exit the Mt. Ashland Ski rd and follow it 8 miles to the Ski resort. The race course begins next to the Ski lodge on the Bull Gap trail Head For the Eastern Ridge and for the Western Ridge, shuttles will be picked up near the race Venue off of Glenview and FS rd2060. Follow the signs!
Saturday June 28 8am at the venue Finish Line
PACKET PICKUP IS FRIDAY EVENING AT OUR SHOP FROM 3:00 to 7:30!!!
Can I camp?
There is camping at Emigrant Lake Camping area east of Ashland off HWY 66. You can also camp at the Mt. Ashland Ski parking lot in the back lot (NOT THE FRONT LOT)
Is there food at the top?
We will have Product from Clif Bar and Water as well at the Top of Mt Ashland and at the beginning and end of all stages there will be restrooms available at the Top of Mt Ashland and in the venue.
There will also be a snack bar for racers in the venue for you in between stages.
Where do I pick up my swag bag and race plate?
At our shop Ashland Mountain Adventures, 700 Mistletoe rd suite 105 Ashland Or. 97520. From 3pm to 7pm on Friday, and Saturday morning from 7-8am at the race venue before the race.
Do I need an OBRA license?
Yes, you can purchase a one day for $5.00
What category do I enter?
We offer Elite Men and Women, Cat 1(Expert) Men, (19-39), (40+), Cat (Sport) 2 Men, (19-39), (40+), and Cat (Beginner) 3 Men (Open). Junior Men (13-18 Open). Cat 1 Women (Open) Cat 2-3 Women (34 under) Cat 2-3 Women (35+). So, if you are new to this type of racing, enter Cat3.
Are there showers?
No, there are restrooms at the start and awards areas but no showers.
Can we have beer?
Unfortunately there is “No Beer” in the Main Venue, However we will have an area on Forest Service property, just around the corner that we will host a party in after awards. Beer is allowed there.
Fun band as well!!!
How does the race work?
The AMC will be a Multi Stage Race on 1 day this year. We will be using trails from the former Super D course and Chainless Race as well as some new ones, we are still waiting on final approval from our Forest Service, as to the exact trails.
Saturday June 28 Elite’s and Cat 1 racers will be assigned a Start time for there first Stage begin racing on the western ridge of Mt. Ashland. These trails will include Horn Gap and Hitt rd. New this year: Elite and Cat 1 racers will be climbing from the venue up to there first stage on the “Westside” It is 9 miles and 2,700′ of climbing to the first Stage, Horn Gap. It will be very important that you start you climb with enough time to reach stage #1 for your assigned Start time! If you show up late you are accumulating time on Stage #1 and will “Not” receive another start time. The race will begin at 10AM. When finished with that Stage they will then pedal back up another 1.2 miles to the Second Stage, Hitt rd. where you will have a Second Start Time. When finished you must then check into the venue for Your start time for the Eastern Ridge of Mt. A. You can then either take our shuttle up for your race run or use your own transportation. If you are using our shuttle it must be for your “Race” run, no shuttles after your race is over.You will then have a start time for Stage 3.
Cat 2-3 Racers will be racing on the Eastern ridge, formally the Super D, Snow melt will determine those Sages and will be announced 1 week prior to the event. They must use our shuttle for there “Race run” or can drive themselves to the top, But we will not provide a shuttle after there race is over.The first racers will begin at 10am. Racers will receive a Start time for there first stage. When the Racers are finished with their last Stage on the Eastern ridge they will need to check in for there start time for the Western Ridge. Cat 2-3 racers will be climbing 5 miles and 1,800′ to the start of there second stage on the Westside.They will be Racing Hitt rd 1 time (No Horn Gap)
We will update the exact trails, mileage and elevation gain to the stages once we have finalized our route with the Forest Service and City. You will receive an e mail 1 week prior to the event with this info, so watch for it!
Is there a Shuttle back up to our car?
NO. You must either use our shuttle we provide for you before your race run or retrieve your own car.
Is there practice?
You may practice as much as you want. If you would like shuttles and course info, contact Ashland Mountain Adventures @ 541-499-2298
Shuttle schedule for Friday June 27th:
We will have shuttles running every hour….
9:30 from shop
10:30 from skatepark
11:30 from skatepark
12:30 from shop
1:30 from skatepark
2:30 from skatepark
3:30 from shop
4:30 from skatepark and
5:30 from both locations!
You may come to the shop early and pay by CC or $10 per person cash to the driver!
Awards and Raffle
Food will be served starting as soon as the first class’s have finished there first series of stages in the Awards/Food area, just follow the signs at the finish to either the shuttle or food.
Awards will begins as soon as the last racer has finished and a 30 minute protest period has expired. Stick around and watch the finish of the final Elite Racers and it will be announced at that time.
We will have prizing for the top 3 finishers of all the amature Catagories and a Jersey for the winner of each class!
There will be several raffle prizes from all of our sponsors.
Like last year, we will be having a Special raffle to raise money for the N.E.P.A. Study that needs to happen to see trails like “Missing Links”, and “Time Warp” on our maps, and get another 20+ miles of new singletrack built over the next 5 to 10 years. Tickets will only be $10 and will be for sale at the race as well as our shop AMA, Bear Creek Bikes, and Siskiyou Bikes.
Prizes: To be determined.
Last year we raised $1200 for this fund! Thanks!
If you have any further ?’s please feel free to e mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org It will not be easy to get us on the phone as we will be booking shuttles and if you call with race ?’s we will refer you back to e mail.
Thank you for supporting our race, trails and the town of Ashland!
See you soon,
Bill and Sue Roussel