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brSaturday, August 12, 2000 -- Slatyfork, WV
Wild 100 and Backcountry Race

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An all day mountain biking marathon whose length is determined by your own route choices. Check in at six different checkpoints, then finish at Elk River approximately 100K (62 miles) later. Ride the trails and terrain that has put Slatyfork on the map as the eastern mecca of serious mountain biking. This will be a true test of endurance and riding skill. Bring your lighting systems, tools, family and friends for a true back-country experience.

* BONUS! Your race registration INCLUDES a camping weekend.

WHEN: Saturday, August 12th, 2000

WHERE: Slatyfork, WV at Elk River Touring Center

COURSE: The course is up to you and what you think is the best way. Start at Elk River at 8am and check in at six different check points in sequence, always deciding for yourself which trail, dirt road, or paved road is the most efficient for your skill, fitness, and mental state, then finish at the Elk River Touring Center. The entire course should total approximately 100 k (62 miles) and have a cumulative elevation gain of nearly 8,000 ft. Trails such as Tea Creek Mtn., Bear Pen, Red Run, will lead you to Sharps Knob, Gay Knob, and deep into the Tea Creek Canyon. These are the trails and terrain that have put Slatyfork on the map as the eastern mecca of serious mountain biking. Depending on weather conditions the race could very possibly last deep into the night. So bring your lighting systems, food, tools, and most importantly your courage and perseverance. This will be the true test of endurance and eastern trail riding skill.

Pre-Registration is $70.00 (postmarked before July 14th)
Registration is $85.00 (after July 14th).
On-site registration 9a.m. to 9p.m. Friday August 11th.

* Registration includes... a waterproof and tea proof Slatyfork Mountain Bike Trail Guide with checkpoints marked, a Wild 100 T-shirt, food and camping Friday & Saturday nights, water at the halfway checkpoint, Wild 100 Survivors BBQ Party & the confidence and satisfaction of competing in one of the toughest races around.

A mandatory pre-race meeting will be held on August 12th at 7:45 am at the Elk River Lodge. Riders should attend ready to ride.
The Wild 100 will start promptly at 8:00 AM

CLASSES: There are classes for men, women, couples, and teams competing together (field limit - 150). This race is not for beginners or intermediates with weak knees. The extreme length and terrain of the Wild 100 will surely break many. Finishers will be very proud of their accomplishment.

AWARDS: Prizes from all our great sponsors will be awarded to the top five competitors in each race class. Awards ceremony will follow the race.

TEAM NOTES: The concept behind a team is to simulate the epic backcountry group ride. Teams should work together to finish together. Leaving teammates behind will not improve your finishing time as it will be based on the last team member to finish. Just like you wouldn't leave your buddy in the woods on a group ride you shouldn't do that here. A team is only as strong as its weakest link. By working together you should be able to go faster and finish together.

NECESSITIES: Supplies each rider should carry include: food for the entire day- bring extra (Clif bars are great), clothing for extreme weather changes (Patagonia is light and protects well), lights for riding at night, lots of water, tools, spare parts, map, compass, and waterproof matches. These items are not required but strongly recommended.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This race is designed for serious riders who have always wondered why typical races are so short or why wimps who can push pedals cannot think for themselves and follow the course or stay on the trail. We hope this race will blossom into the standard endurance, route-finding mountain bike race in the country. We will look for your advice, comments, and questions after the race. Please feel free to let us know what you think.

For additional technical information and advice on gear, bikes or mountain biking in general please call (304)572-3771 or e-mail Elk River Touring Center.


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TITLE: Wild 100 and Backcountry Race
EVENTS: XCountry
WHEN: Sat, 12 Aug
WHERE: Slatyfork, WV
CONTACT: Gil Willis (304) 572-3771
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