“More than a trail and a real challenge, this race has less than 1 mile of flat!”
— Gys Wuyts
Race - May 6, 2018
River/Creek · Views
The steep up and downhills make it much more challenging than a regular trail event. From crossing straight up and through a timber cut on a hillside to crawling up a rocky hilltop, this one is not for the faint-hearted. This is especially evident during the downhill parts at -20%.
Need to Know
There are three deep river crossings, mostly in the forest so enough shade, trail shoes are recommended and sticks to help you brake. Two climbing sections will require rope assistance.
A continuous series of ups and downs, this route is comprised mostly of trails and forest roads, but also large sections crossing the forest. Be ready for steep ups and downhills, and at least three thigh-deep river crossings.
There is 1 supply station on the 35k, 2 on the 50k. Little or no "recovery" running, since there are almost no flat areas.
After leaving from the parking area, this race is a never-ending series of ups and downs. The route traverses from one valley into the other, constantly. Though not very long each time, all of the climbs/descents are very steep. Several places have a small bench/hut to rest/enjoy the view, notably during the second half of the race.
If there was recent rain, or if it is raining, the trails can get very slippery and I would advise against running it due to the danger the slippery slopes present.
History & Background
Start/End is near the cyclocross area, where there is ample parking. This is the 3rd year this race has been run!