Just a couple of additional notes; Everything is pretty much ready to go. Note that during check-in, we will have live music brought to you by Paul Siebert from 4-7 with the riders meeting to follow. Look for the awnings on the North side of the KOA office.
We have some great items from out sponsors to give away in addition to prizes for the top finishers and the cool awards below.
The Paxton Coyote has the awards almost complete . . .
Rider check in 4-7 pm at the Gothenburg KOA Campground
Rider Meeting at 7 pm
6 am start time
Half-way cutoff 4 pm (10 hours after start)
- Headlight and Rear Blinky
- Computer or GPS on Bike
- Cell Phone (note that it should remain off unless you are calling to end your participation)
- Enough Food and Water for 60 Miles
- Compass is Highly Recommended
3 Drop Bags Allowed
- one the first checkpoint, one at the halfway mark, and one at first checkpoint on the second leg
The first leg of Odin's Revenge will take place in the hills to the South of Gothenburg. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking, but this part of the course is constantly changing elevation. Very little of this area is flat.
I had a chance to drive the North Section of the course last night with the family and have a few observations to share;
The course is in awesome shape. With the exception of two corners (which will be flagged) is fairly straightforward to navigate.
Here are a few pictures that show the variety of the terrain. I think riders will love how the course tosses in the unexpected. CQ really did a bang up job on the course layout. I have to say it elicited a menacing laugh or two as I drove it in the family truckster.
Thus begins the general ramble on all things Odin's as we get close to the event; If you have burning questions, post them in the comments and we will address them.
The pre-race meeting will be at 8:00 P.M. at the KOA Campground on Friday, June 29th. This is a mandatory meeting. There will be live music and general shenanigans as well.
The Ride Itself
There are two legs to the course, one to the South of the start/finish point and one to the North. There are multiple checkpoints on both legs of the course. You must pass through every checkpoint along the way. Directions for two checkpoints will be given to support crews to help you resupply. You may forego this option and have a drop bag at these checkpoints. The first resupply checkpoint will occur around the 70 mile mark. This means that you must have enough water and provisions to make it 70 miles self supported, you will pass through the start/finish point halfway through the event (97 miles) and may resupply there as well. During the second leg, one support/resupply point will occur at 42 miles. The second leg will conclude back at the start/finish point at almost 82 miles. Support personnel are ONLY allowed at the two "support" checkpoints and the start/finish line. If riders are being assisted on the course at any other time, we will assume it is for a bail out and the rider will be disqualified. Be advised that you must finish the ride on the same bike that you started. Although we are allowing limited support, you are asked to keep the grass-roots, self supported nature of the event in mind.
Remember that the event will start in the dark and many folks will come across the finish line in the dark as well. We require, in order to be visible, that you have a rear blinky and some sort of front illumination as well.
We have some great items to share with riders from our generous sponsors. We'll toss out a lot of swag at the pre-race meeting. Thanks to Revelate Designs, the overall winner will get a really nice set of frame bags.
We have plenty more to cover in the upcoming days and weeks, so stay tuned.