Sharing some correspondence that I had with Matt Portfleet (race coordinator)…
Thanks for calling and getting some race details posted for us. We actually had a super quick meeting at The Bike Shop this morning to hash out the final details before they get widely publicized.
You’re correct, yes the loop will likely be approx. 4 miles, with multiple loops dependant on the racing category. There will be beginner, intermediate and advanced classes, likely 2 loops for beginner, and more for the other classes after we do some test runs and finalize the route here in a couple weeks. By the way, we still have 2 feet of snow in the woods at the mine site! We know the terrain well and the approx. routes, but we need some more melt to finalize the exact distances and difficulties. The loop will contain about a half mile underground. No lights are present at all underground, riders need to have their own. We may offer some discount prices on Black Diamond lights (we are a distributor) to registered racers, more details on that later.
The race is going to be a timed format. We had debated on a mass start, but with too many people it will become mass chaos underground if we don’t stagger the riders somewhat. So that is a change from what I had told you.
Camping will be primitive, porta-johns and water available. Camping is for registered racers and associated people. No fee for camping besides race entry. Basically one tent per entry, we just don’t want every racer to bring 20 friends with 5 tents as we don’t have the space.
Outside terrain is very hilly, great terrain. Inside is gravel/rocky with some tighter areas. There is plenty of outside viewing area, but no space for general public viewing underground. Basically race officials and probably some reporters/photographers for now.
We are working on getting the registration online at active.com. This should be ready very soon.
I’ll keep you posted with any changes or updates and if/when we get a website up and running. We’re working right now on adding a page to our site (www.adventuremine.com) but hopefully we can get a whole site just for the race itself up soon.
If you have any other questions, let me know.