Tuesday 03rd June 2014,

Rattling Off Road Weekend


NoTubes Rattling Offroad Weekend featuring Lupine’s Descents into Darkness

Saturday, August 09, 2014 to Sunday, August 10, 2014

MTB Marathon
MTB Half-Marathon
50 Mile Experience! Option

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(Rattling Creek was named an IMBA Epic in 2011)

2014 Maps!!

The 2014 maps have been added! Right here on the Maps page.

25 and 50 Mile Courses complete one full lap of everything, 50 milers keep going around all the yellow bits a second time. Holy singletrack batman.

The start will be from the Lykens Borough Building. The finish is at the Lykens Glen Park and a short cool down ride back to the borough building will get you to the post race yum yums and liquid replenishment.

Registration and sign-in for mountain bike events:

Saturday morning (8:30-10am): at Lykens Borough Building
Address and map for Lykens Borough Building/Race Start
200 Main Street, Lykens, PA 17048

Link to map.

Special thanks to Lykens and Dauphin County parks for hosting camping at the beautiful Lykens Glen park and to the Lykens Borough for furnishing all participants with post race pool access!

Event Categories:

50 mile “All Shook Up” MTB Marathon: Men, Women, Masters 45+, SS
25 mile “Shake Rattle and Roll” MTB Half Marathon: Men, Women, Masters 45+, SS
50 Mile Experience (see below for more)

The 50 Mile Experience Category is for riders who want to give a 50 a go but aren’t sure they’re into the racing bit. You get all the same stuff the racers do as part of the Experience and a couple extra hours to enjoy the incredible Rattling Creek trails. The check point cut offs are still in effect for Experience riders, but you get lots more time to get there by starting 2 full hours before the racers. Note – drop bags for Experience riders will not be available the first time through checkpoint 1.

Entry Fees:

Special Offers through July 1
All MTB Saturday Events: 55

Pre Registration Pricing through August 20:
All MTB Saturday Events: 65

On-Site Registration on Aug 23-25:
Saturday MTB Events: 75

ON-LINE Registration closes on Tue before the race at 11:45pm.
NO pre-registration will be accepted after this time.

Proceeds from the event benefit PA trails!

 

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- Promoter reserves right to make changes as needed to protect trails, improve the event and for pretty much any other reason he deems necessary.
- Event is Shine or Rain – Rain conditions may result in course alterations to protect trails where warranted.
- No refunds or transfers

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Friday Night Schedule – Lupine Descents into Darkness!

2-3 of Rattling Creek’s Best Descents as night falls on Lykens.
Individual starts with timing via SportIdent Timing System
Lights Required
(we recommend Lupines of course!)

7:00PM – Ride to first start location
8:00PM – First rider starts first segment
Riders progress through 2-3 segments finishing back at the edge of town, 1/2 mile from the Glen. Riders will need to ride back to the Glen along the road. Please bring a taillight with you for the ride out of the woods.
10:00PM – All riders done and back to the campground.

Saturday Race Day Schedule:
8:30-10:00 AM – On-site registration
9:00 AM – “Experience” start
10:30 AM – 50 Mile race MTB Marathon race start
10:30 AM – 30 Mile race MTB Half Marathon race start (staged just behind Marathon riders)
(Checkpoint cut off times TBD with new course routing)
3:00 PM – 30 Mile Race Awards
4:00 PM – 50 Mile Race Awards
MASS Endurance Finals Awards follow All Shook Up Marathon Race Awards whenever they get wrapped up.

Included in ALL Marathon and Half Marathon MTB Event Entries:
“The Best Endurance MTB Course in the Mid-Atlantic!”
Camping on Fri. and Sat. Night at Lykens Glen Park
Pool and Shower access at the Lykens Borough Pool
Fully Stocked Aid Stations with all sorts of good stuff
Post Race meals and refreshments

Event Categories:
50 mile “All Shook Up” MTB Marathon: Men, Women, Masters 45+, SS
25 mile “Shake Rattle and Roll” MTB Half Marathon: Men, Women, Masters 45+, SS
50 Mile Experience (see below for more)

The 50 Mile Experience Category is for riders who want to give a 50 a go but aren’t sure they’re into the racing bit. You get all the same stuff the racers do as part of the Experience and a couple extra hours to enjoy the incredible Rattling Creek trails. The check point cut offs are still in effect for Experience riders, but you get lots more time to get there by starting 2 full hours before the racers. Note – drop bags for Experience riders will not be available the first time through checkpoint 1.

Entry Fees:

Special Offers through July 1
All MTB Saturday Events: 55

Pre Registration Pricing through August 7:
All MTB Saturday Events: 65

On-Site Registration on Aug 9-10:
Saturday MTB Events: 75

Why is the cost the same for the 30 and 50? Because everyone gets the same great finisher prizes and post-race food and camping and swag is included with every entry! You get the same checkpoint and same incredible singletrack…you just don’t have to do it twice…

NO pre-registration will be accepted once BikeReg closes – bring it to the table on Friday night for the Descents or on Saturday for the marathons.

All Proceeds from all OEO events go to PA Trails!

No Refunds – if you can not make it to the event know that your entry fee will be put to work on PA trail creation and enhancement.

No Transfers or deferrals starting 1 week before the event

COURSE INFORMATION

We are very happy to be working closely with Lykens, IMBA, DCNR, DCED, and the Friends of Weiser and more in creating a new trail linking Lykens directly to the incredible trail network at the top of the ridge.

2014 Course information coming. New trail under construction for even more singletrack thrills this year.

In 2013 we will be using some temporary connections to bring the racers back close to town with the effort ongoing to create the final links that will make Lykens the place to start and finish any rides on the Rattling Creek network. You can help us make these connections and close to 40 more miles of trail a reality by being a part of the fund raising for the Lykens Valley Trail Network! Join us in building this new mountain bike destination and helping to create a positive economic force in the region through outdoor recreation!!

Pick up a ticket for the “Raffle for PA Trails” presented by the Outdoor Experience Organization! Tickets are $10 and proceeds will go to the Rattling Creek project and other trail creation and enhancement projects in PA!

The course is lollipop style in layout, but the stick is a lot shorter than last time – in other words you go out the stick, do a lap of the candy goodness and then return on the stick. Only the candy at the end is more like lumpy rough rock candy than a nice round tootsie pop. The stick is a bit of pavement, but it is over damn quick.

There are two checkpoints for the 50 miler at about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way through the course. The 25 miler will hit one checkpoint.

CAMPING OPTIONS

Glen Park in Lykens is open for camping for event participants on Friday and Saturday evening as is the Lykens Community Park.

There is no cost for the camping – it is included in the entry fee for all marathon and half marathon participants!! There is a small fee for non-marathon racing campers of $3/person.

Camping is by way of special consideration from Lykens and Dauphin Co. Parks! Neither park is typically open for camping – this is special just for us!

Please be on your best behavior and Leave No Trace!!

CAMPING OPTION #1
First, get yourself to LYKENS, PA where racers and hangers-on may camp at Lyken’s Glen Park

To get to the Glen Park:
From the traffic light in Lykens at Rt 209 & Market St.

GPS – Longitude 76.696528, Latitude 40.561724
From Main Street in downtown Lykens turn south on Market Street. Go four blocks, cross the creek and bear left onto Park View / Powells Valley Road. The park is on your left.
CAMP AT THE EAST END OF THE GLEN PARK
The easiest way to make sure you’re in the right place is to go to the furthest park entrance furthest from Lykens and turn in there.

If you google “Lykens Glen” or “Lykens Glen Park” you can find it just fine. Also, here is a linky-poo to the Dauphin Co site about the Park
http://www.dauphincounty.org/parks-recreation/parks/lykens-glen-park/

Link to map.

NOTE ON ALL CAMPING
You are solely responsible for your possessions
The promoter, staff and Boro of Lykens is NOT responsible for your personal items and belongings.

Please be sure to throw down some coin in the businesses in Lykens and Northern Dauphin County during your visit to show your appreciation for the community’s support!

There are showers available at the park in the pool area for all racers (see directions to Boro Park above).

From the swell folks at the Lykens Boro:
“Lykens Boro council is making the showers at the Lykens Pool available to all the racers. The council members are very willing to do whatever we can to accommodate the bikers.”

See, told you they like you. Now buy some stuff in their town!!

Checkpoints

The 50 miler will pass through the same checkpoint twice approximately 1/3 and 2/3rds of the way through the race.

The 25 mile race will pass through the checkpoint once.

The checkpoint will be stocked with the usual array of “power” food and some more regular fare. We will have both water and HEED from Hammer Nutrition available at the checkpoint for fluid. The supplies will be a mix of things. If you have particular requirements you should pack your own.

We will transport one aid station bag for each participant. If you are preparing your bag in advance use a 1 gallon ziplock style plastic bag. You will need to put your race number on the bag on race day.

Rattling Creek Trail Network

The Rattling Creek Singletrackers (RCST – google “Rattling Creek Singletrackers”) have done a stellar job creating an incredible network of trails on this wide ridge in central PA. RCST got on board with the IMBA way of trail building early on and built a showcase of what can be accomplished when mountain bikers and property owners and governmental organizations work together.

Directions to Race Start

The race start is at the Lykens Borough Building. Parking is available at the park and borough office and surrounding streets – DO NOT PARK ACROSS THE BRIDGE it is private property and you will likely find your car damaged if you park there…yep… – please see the map above for directions to the start location.

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- Promoter reserves right to make changes as needed to protect trails, improve the event and for pretty much any other reason he deems necessary.
- Event is Shine or Rain – Rain conditions may result in course alterations to protect trails where warranted.
- No refunds or transfers

Register here for the 2014 Rattling Off Road Weekend!


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