For 2014, we will be meeting on Friday, October 10 at 7:00am in Flagstaff, downtown at ‘The Place’ (21 S Milton Rd). We eat a big greasy breakfast, chat a bit and then we ride! The actual starting time for the first stage (and every stage) is open-ended.
The 250-mile route has about 40-50% singletrack, some of which is pretty darn technical, and about 33k of climbing. The route is: Flagstaff-Sedona-Mingus Mountain-Williams-Flagstaff. Those that have never ridden in this area, you are in for a treat!
Live tracking link: http://trackleaders.com/coconino14
Carrying a SPOT tracker is optional. You can add your own SPOT to the tracking map, or rent a spot from trackleaders.com at the following link: trackleaders.com/coconino-signup.
For help uploading the track to your GPS see TopoFusion’s uploading tutorial.
Please note: it is very important that you upload both the GPS track (line) AND the waypoint file. The waypoints define where stages start and end, as well as help everyone regroup at the end of each stage.
Self Supported Stage Bikepacking
The Coconino 250 is a self supported stage bikepack. The usual rules for self-supported bikepacking apply (see AZT 300, CTR for examples), with one exception: there are locations on the route where stopping is allowed and as long as you are there, the ride clock is not ticking.
This makes the event into a quasi-stage ride. Riders may ride from one stopping location to another, then rest the night before the next ‘stage.’ However, stopping is not required at any of the points. The option of a non-stop ride is still open.
There are 4 stages, with 3 “stage stop” locations. The first two are camp sites, with no water or other services available (but fantastic views!). The third is the town of Williams, where most racers opt to share motel rooms. You can also camp on nearby national forest, if desired.
Each rider’s time will be computed as = the total time on course minus the total time spent in designated stopping locations. Because of this it is important that you carefully log your time in and time out. Bring a piece of paper to do this, and if you can collect a GPS track for backup, even better.
The idea is to promote camaraderie, lessen the physical ‘impact’ on participants, and also experiment with a new format.
The stage stops are marked as waypoints in the course GPX file and also denoted in RED on the cue sheets.
You can drool over some pictures on Scott’s website: http://www.topofusion.com/diary/2009/06/29/coco-ming-o-bob/
Please use the signup form below, and post in the bikepacking.net forum if you plan on attending.
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