FRISCO ROUNDUP MODIFIED TIME TRIAL June 23-24, 2020

WELCOME and GENERAL INFO

Welcome to the 2020 Frisco Roundup!

When we first announced the possibility of this event as an Individual Time Trial it was predicated on the State of Colorado and Summit County having moved to Stabilization Stage 2 on the Roadmap to Recovery (max. group size of 50).
Well, we’re still in Stage 1 which allows maximum groupings of 10. We thought long and hard about going forward and managing the group gathering size. Ultimately, we’ve decided to “walk before we run”.

Therefore, the format for the 2020 Frisco Roundup is a Strava-based Time Trial on a marked course.
Please recognize, this is NOT necessarily our format for the season.
We will take this one race at at time!

ALSO, we will NOT change the format of this race between the time you are reading this and the day of the competition (June 23-24). There’s a chance the State of Colorado and Summit County may announce an increase in allowable gathering size with regard to outdoor events before June 23. We’re not going to make another change. We’re launching the season with this format!

It’s been a wild few months…looking forward to seeing everyone…one way or the other!

MUST READ-REALLY IMPORTANT INFO

I hate to sound like the school principal (my school principals, not modern ones like Crystal Miller!)
So apologies in advance; it’s to make a point.
We’re being given a chance to get going with some bike racing. Is it the same as a traditional “line up, 3, 2, 1, GO!?”
No…nothing can ever replicate the richness of that experience.
However, the land managers and permitting agencies have given us the green light. And they’ll be monitoring. We’re the first out of the gate this summer. We have an opportunity.
What’s the biggest concern?  Bad behavior. 
Specifically? Riders being disrespectful to other users while putting in their effort on Strava.

Look, this is identical to any SMC event. We don’t close trails. They’re open to others when we race. The concern is that we are “racing” over a longer time period. This extends the impact window for the general non-racing public.
We’re going to do the same things we always do to alert the public. We’ll mark the course. We’ll post signage at trail heads. We’ll have a Public Service Announcement (PSA) in the Summit Daily. And there will be PSA’s on Krystal 93.

The rest, quite frankly, is up to you.
Let’s be honest with each other for a second though; there’s a sentiment out there that Mountain Bikers are rude, entitled, and dangerous; the bully in the playground. And you know what? Sometimes it really looks that way…and sometimes it’s actually true!

I’m hoping we can change that narrative. This is our chance folks. We can get started on this season and knock it out of the park. Or, we can validate the prevailing public sentiment and set our sport back. It’s up to us to chart the course and determine what it’s going to be.

Here’s the deal:
One of the reasons we’re going with Frisco is that it has good sight lines. It’s not 100% open but it’s pretty good. That gives all users a chance to see each other ahead of time. Even with that, however, you MUST ride expecting someone to be around every corner. JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SMC RACE. 
Look, I get it. I’m not asking for perfection because, as we’ve come to find out, the universe doesn’t work that way. I know what it’s like to be in the heat of competition. The adrenaline’s pumping, the focus narrows, the problems in regular life are forgotten for a little while…yes, I get all that.
I’m asking you to stay a little more “big picture” and consider other people…period, plain and simple.

And here’s another thing. You’ll be crossing two open roads AND a paved Rec Path.
They’re all open. It’s on you to navigate these safely. We will NOT be marshaling these spots during the “event”.
If you get hit, or hit someone else, it’s your fault.
If you get really shut down during your effort, ride it again. In fact, you may ride it as many times as you want in the Time period allowed. However, that would increase density and impact. So, if you feel your effort was a fair representation of your capability then just go with it.

Let’s go over a few basic rules of etiquette for those that may not be aware. These points are applicable to mixed use, bi-directional trails.

  • Cyclists yield to Hikers
  • Both cyclists and hikers yield to Horses (not applicable at Frisco)
  • In the event of two cyclists riding in opposite directions the rider who is climbing has the right of way.
  • When riding in a group, and you encounter other users, it is proper to tell that group how many are in YOUR group.
  • The last person in your group should say something like “I’m the last one” . This is common courtesy that we sometimes overlook, but it’s a simple act of thoughtfulness that’s incredibly appreciated by other trail users – it let’s them know that you’re aware and respectful of their experience as well as your own.
  • SMILE! WAVE! SAY “THANK YOU!” These simple acts of friendliness go miles in untangling the ill will that sometimes pops up between users, so keep them in your toolkit and whip them out frequently.
  • Emotional maturity: not all trail interactions will be positive even if you follow all of these rules. These are strange and anxious times for many and there are folks out there who may not be at their best. Assume the best about people and if things don’t go as you hoped, simply pedal on without engaging, knowing in your heart that you did the kind and adult thing by taking the higher road.

 

In the event of two cyclists riding in opposite directions the rider who is Climbing has the right of way.
When riding in a group, and you encounter other users, it is proper to tell that group how many are in YOUR group. And the last person in your group should say something like “I’m the last one” . This is common courtesy that seems to be sorely needed!

THE FORMAT

VIRTUAL?
No, not really. Riders will be on a real course.
It’s more ACTUAL or NATURAL.

So how about VACTUAL? Or VATURAL? (see what I did there?)

Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Create the segment
  • Mark the course
  • Inform the public what’s going on
  • Verify your ride
  • Compile Results by Category
  • Award prizes to Top 3 in each category
  • Compile Overall Standings

Here’s what you do:

  • Register at Bikereg.com.
  • Have a STRAVA profile (free versions available) and be familiar with how to use it.
  • Ride the segment accurately and in the permissible timeframe (from Tuesday June 23 at 5:00pm to Wednesday June 24 at 8:00pm NO NIGHT RIDING…insurance didn’t like that)
  • Be super cool to other users on the trail system.
  • Be super careful when you cross Peninsula Road, the paved Rec Path and Recreation Way

We’re also talking to long-time partners about coupons for you to go in, have a beer, get a discounted burger, buy a few things…you get the idea.

One of the things that may happen with this concept is that riders who have always been intimidated to race may choose to get their feet wet. Or, people who have always had conflicts on Wednesday nights may be able to play. Maybe they can “race” earlier in the day. Or how about my staff? They can take a shot too! Myself included!

STRAVA INFO

All racers will need a STRAVA user profile. If you don’t have a Strava account already I suggest getting one and becoming familiar with it. There is a free version.
There are two ways to use Strava:
1.  Download the App to your phone.

  • Make sure GPS is enabled
  • Phone is charged
  • Make sure Battery Saving mode is OFF
  • Hit Record…and then hit Start
  • A rolling start is necessary for accurate timing. Be sure to hit “Record” and “Start” before you go past the Start Segment Sign. And, conversely, ride past the Finish Segment sign before you hit “Stop”>”Finish”>”Save” (this terminology is Strava specific. We recognize that those riding with GPS head units have different steps and lingo)
  • Strava will recognize the portion of your ride that matches our Strava Segment and we’ll take it from there.
  1. Use a GPS unit from a company such as Garmin, Suunto, Polar.
  • Ride the segment
  • Upload to Strava after your ride
  • Strava will match your Ride to our Segment and we’ll take it from there.

LIVE SEGMENTS for PRE-RIDING and DURING EVENT Starred Segments
If you “Star” the segment the App will alert you as your getting close to the start of the segment.
This can be very useful for PRE-RIDING before the course gets marked.
There is a star next to every segment you look up in your dashboard. Simply click that Star.

Free Athletes:

  • Approaching a segment: You will hear an audible cue (a chime) if enabled, and see a notification when approaching a starred or popular segment.
  • Starting a segment: You will see your current progress on a map, but will not see comparison metrics (PR or KOM/QOM/CR)
  • Completing a segment: When you complete the segment, you will be shown your final performance results and will be transitioned back into the normal recording experience. 

Strava Subscribers:

  • Approaching a segment: When approaching a starred or popular segment, you will be transitioned from your recording screen to a Live Segment notification. You will hear an audible cue (if enabled) and see the segment name and your position relative to that segment.
  • Starting a segment: When you pass into a segment, you’ll be shown a bird’s eye view where you can follow your avatar as well as the avatars for your PR (if one exists for this segment) and KOM/QOM/CR progress. 
    • red = avatar is ahead of you, you will be shown your time behind
    • green = avatar is behind you, you will be shown your time ahead
    • gray = avatar will turn gray if they are offscreen 
    • 50% mark = will display when you are halfway through the segment
  • Completing the segment: When you complete the segment, you will be shown your final performance results and will be transitioned back into the normal recording experience.
CATEGORIES

Adult Racing age is what your age will be on September 13, 2020

MEN CATEGORIES

  • Beginner Men
  • Sport Men 19-34
  • Sport Men 35-49
  • Sport Men 50+
  • Expert Men 19-39
  • Expert Men 40-49
  • Expert Men 50+ (will ordinarily race the Sport distance)
  • Pro/Open Men
  • Singlespeed Open Men
  • Clydesdale Men (200lbs) 
  • Big Bike Open (minimum 5″ of travel and 30lbs…on the honor system)
  • Open Men 60+…an open category with no “Ability” distinction…

WOMEN CATEGORIES

  • Beginner Women
  • Sport Women
  • Expert + Singlespeed Women(One Category)
  • Pro/Open Women
  • Open Women 45+…an open category with no “Ability” distinction…

JUNIOR CATEGORIES-(Junior Racing Age is how old you will be on August 26, 2020)

  • Junior Boys 10 & Under (15-45 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Boys 11-12 (15-45 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Boys 13-15 (30-60 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Sport Boys 16-18 For juniors who are not up for racing the Expert distance against Expert racers, and for those racing Junior Varsity in High School
  • Junior Expert Boys 16-18 For racers ready for the Expert distance and competition, and who are racing Varsity in High School
  • Junior Girls 10 & Under (15-45 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Girls 11-12 (15-45 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Girls 13-15 (30-60 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Sport Girls 16-18
  • Junior Expert Girls 16-18
COURSE INFO
  • All riders Racing Age 13 and Older will ride a 7.5 Mile course…One Lap
  • All riders Racing Age 12 and Under will ride a 4.6 Mile Course…One Lap
  • The course will be marked with Yellow/Black Mavsports arrows.
  • The course will be marked and ready by 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 23, 2020
  • The course will be closed at 8:00pm Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • The Strava activity record that we use for Results must have a time stamp within those hours
  • Anyone using a Strava file that was ridden in darkness will not be eligible for results…it’s an insurance thing.
  • We will post a sign that reads “Start Segment” and another that says “Finish Segment”.
  • There will be one course split…all Juniors 12 & Under follow the KIDS’ COURSE sign.
  • Everyone else follow the “ALL OTHERS” sign.

“2020 FRISCO KIDS” COURSE DESCRIPTION-4.5 MILES
For the following Race Categories:
Junior Boys and Girls 10 & Under
Junior Boys and Girls 11-12
(Racing Age is how old you will be on August 26, 2020)

Search Strava for “2020 Frisco Kids’ Course” and here’s a link https://www.strava.com/segments/24430662

Start at the beginning of Phat Loop. To get to this spot, turn left out of the Disc Golf/Ballfield parking area onto the paved rec path heading uphill.
Phat Loop is the first single track trail you’ll see on your left about 30 yards up the paved Rec Path. If you haven’t already hit “Record” and “Start” stop and do so here.
Ride approx. 50 yards on Phat Loop and you’ll see the “Start Segment” sign next to the tan colored storage container.
Keep on rolling!
Stay on Phat Loop single track
At “T” Stay left
Ignore Peak One Trail, bear right staying on Phat Loop
Phat Loop enters an open area/two track road
Turn LEFT here and immediately cross paved Peninsula Road onto Balfonz Blitz (LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING)
Ride approx. 150 yards and you’ll see “KIDS’ COURSE/ALL OTHERS” signage.
All juniors 12 & Under follow the arrow for KIDS’ COURSE. (Do not go up the Water Tank climb)
After the signage, turn left onto paved rec path (LOOK BOTH WAYS)
Ignore dirt road on your left and take the 2nd Left onto Crown Point at “No Vehicle Access” sign
Crown Point Road to 2nd entrance of Buzzsaw
Right onto Buzzsaw
Left onto Scenic Loop
Scenic Loop to Buzzsaw Left onto Buzzsaw
Buzzsaw to Perimiter Trail, second section not the new section that was finished this week
Perimeter Trail to paved Rec Path (REC PATH IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC…LOOK BOTH WAYS HERE)
LEFT onto paved Rec Path
IMMEDIATE right off Rec Path and onto Buzzsaw toward Donut Hill
Ride through Boneyard area bearing right and past green construction fence
Ride around black metal gate and cross Recreation Way LOOK BOTH WAYS, ROAD IS OPEN
Just after crossing road climb a short distance
Left onto XC Trail
Stay on XC Trail and descend NO GREEN FLOW LINE THIS YEAR
Finish of Segment is adjacent to the 180 berm at the bottom of the Green Line


“2020 FRISCO ROUNDUP MAIN” COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR 13 & Older.
*Racing Age for Junior categories is how old you will be on August 26, 2020.
*Racing Age for Adult categories is how old you will be on September 13, 2020

Search STRAVA for “2020FRU” and here’s a link https://www.strava.com/segments/24602558
Start at the beginning of Phat Loop by the paved Rec Path. To get to this spot, turn left out of the Disc Golf/Ballfield parking area onto the paved rec path.
Phat Loop is the first single track trail you’ll see on your left about 30 yards up the paved Rec Path.
STRAVA should be RECORDING and STARTED by this point.
Ride approx. 50 yards on Phat Loop and you’ll see the “Start Segment” sign next to the tan colored storage container. Keep on rolling!
Stay on Phat Loop single track
At “T” Stay left
Cross over a two track staying on Phat Loop
Ignore Peak One Trail, bearing right tostay on Phat Loop
Phat Loop enters an open area/two track road which is a parking area in the winter for Two Below Sleigh Rides
Turn LEFT here and immediately cross paved Peninsula Road onto Balfonz Blitz (LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING)
Ride approx. 150 yards and you’ll see “KIDS’ COURSE/ALL OTHERS” signage.
Follow the arrow for ALL OTHERS
Continue on Balfonz and climb Water Tank Hill
Balfonz Blitz ends and becomes Jody’s Loop
Jody’s to Reichel’s Retreat
Reichel’s Retreat ends at Crown Point Road
Crown Point Road to Crossover
Right onto Crossover
Left onto Jody’s Loop
Jody’s Loop all the way to the end and LEFT onto Crown Point Road
Crown Point Road to 2nd entrance of Buzzsaw
Right onto Buzzsaw
Left onto Scenic Loop
Scenic Loop to Buzzsaw Left onto Buzzsaw
Buzzsaw to Perimiter Trail, second section not the new section that was finished this week
Perimeter Trail to paved Rec Path (REC PATH IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC…LOOK BOTH WAYS HERE)
LEFT onto paved Rec Path
IMMEDIATE right off Rec Path and onto Buzzsaw toward Donut Hill
Ride through Boneyard area bearing right and past green construction fence
Ride around black metal gate and cross Recreation Way LOOK BOTH WAYS, ROAD IS OPEN
Just after crossing road climb a short distance
Left onto XC Trail
Stay on XC Trail and descend NO GREEN FLOW LINE THIS YEAR
Finish of Segment is adjacent to the 180 berm at the bottom of the Green Line

 

REGISTRATION

Entry Fees:
All MTB Junior League members are AUTOMATICALLY registered. To see that list click here.
$20 Juniors
$25 Adults
You must register online. There is no in-person registration.

PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES

If you are experiencing any signs of illness please stay home.
All participants must have a Face Covering that can be pulled into place when Physical Distancing becomes a challenge. It is not necessary to wear a face covering while riding.
Group sizes are limited to 10 people max. and within those groups spacing of 6′ must be maintained.
Please be particularly aware of physical distancing in parking areas and at the end of the course.