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Below is the FAQ for all registered riders and individuals curious about the  2015 High Cascades 100. Updates happen often!

 

Thanks for signing up or checking the event out to put it on your bucket list or coming back to have more fun in Bend year after year!

This race/ride is for people who have ridden bikes for quite a long time and understand the need for proper training/hydration  and Death can occur or serious injury. Please consult your physician before entering any event and especially a 100 mile mountain bike race. Once entered all entry fees are nonrefundable (see below)and will not be refunded past the 50% refund  deadline of June 1st for any reason including Rain, heat, national emergency, fire, volcanic eruption, bigfoot abductions, or alien encounters. Be aware that if fire were to threaten the event, I would refund you a portion of your entry fee or you could get in next year if the event has to be canceled. Please enter knowing this! In addition do to the remoteness of the course it can and will take depending on where you go down 2-3 hrs to get to you in most situations, so take care of each other out on the course and no your limits. This event is under a special event permit with the US Department of Agriculture US Forest service Bend Fort Rock Ranger District.

 

 

Mike and Family and Crew

 

 

 

 

 

F.A.Q

How hard is the event?

Answer:

That depends? We have averaged an 87% finisher rate over the history of the event and in 2014 an 94% finisher rate with 85 for a high temp and 45-50 at the start. Quite possibly the toughest part is all the amazing trails that can add up over the course of the day combined with  hydration are the biggest factors in finishing or finishing well. Last years fastest time was 7:30 hrs Cary Smith and just at 9 hrs for Amanda Carey (LIVGiant) with many including the onslaught of Boise riders finishing in 10Hrs or sooner and many over 10hrs…..this is not an easy event by any means but you can do this and with 25+ breweries in town if you DNF you have  a good back up plan.

2015 Course

After an amazing 94% in 2014 I hope for another 90% in 2015

2014 High Cascades 100 – Mudslinger Events from Local Stash TV on Vimeo.
What is at the aid stations?

Answer:

1000 gallons of water or 48 oz minimum for each person at each of 5 aid stations, last year we served up 120,000 ounces of water and Hammer HEED….amazing!

Bagels,  PB and J, Nutella,  Chips, COKE, (at Select aid stations) and most of all Hammer Nutrition (Heed and Perpetuem and Fizz) at all with Endurolytes also. We will have a twist at the final aid station to get you home that differs slightly from the others.

The best!

Plus the fact that you can drop a 1 gallon zip lock bag or cooler not to exceed 12×12 at 2-3 locations makes the event very high on support.

This is crucial when no outside support is available from your friends and family

Mechanics also to keep the wheels rolling and the rest is up to you. 90.9 % finished last year!

Where is everything at?

The Bend area can be confusing enough with all the round abouts and visitors to the area. Check this out to get a good feel for the area

MAP of Layout of Host Property including where to park (NO parking at the Athletic Club of Bend until after 2pm Saturday)

Key to finishing well:

Your timing on nutrition and experimenting while you are on long rides concerning how much and when you eat and drink to be your best the whole way through.

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To perform your best you need to take care of your body and our friends at Synergy Health and Wellness have a special place to be ready if you are coming in prior to or need that post event personal touch. They even can make a house or condo call and come to you! Now thats service!

Synergy Health and Wellness info

 

 

Does the event fill?

Yes and we may have a spot late so e-mail mike@mudslingerevents.com for available space. Last year the event was pretty full by Mid may

Special Notice
I will be holding 5 spots for top overall NUE series Riders competing in 2015 for men and women, so if you are in the top 5 this season heading into High Cascades 100 overall in Open Men, Open Women, 50+ Men or SS you will have a spot waiting. This way if the race fills you can still come with all your hard work prior to.

Does the High Cascades 100 allow outside support?

YES and NO, at all areas and aid stations except these if they are included in the 2014 Edition (new route for 2015) Lava Lake, Dutchman, Skyliners, Tumalo falls area are NO outside support zones no matter what course I have so please volunteer at volunteer@mudslingerevents.com if you want to support for the day or part of the day .

ALSO NO Outside support vehicles are allowed to leave Bend from 5:30am until 6:00am to  provide a safe start for the riders. Any vehicle on the road following the riders outside of official vehicles will result in a 1hr time penalty to the rider. Outside support will have plenty of time to get to aid #1 or other aid stations that allow outside support in plenty of time.

 

IF you want to support your rider, maybe you can volunteer

volunteer@mudslingerevents.com

How does the medical support work at the High Cascades 100?

Answer:

We have basic first aid available on course at each aid station and at the finish,including radio communication at each checkpoint we will have you covered.  Being that this course is very large it will take quite some time to get to you if you are seriously injured and with this knowledge please take care of each other on the course and make sure to alert aid station personal if someone is hurt and needs assistance.NO motos are allowed unless we need to dispatch local Search and Rescue and this can take 30 minutes to get ready to leave from Bend and combined with travel time to where you are hurt means that this is a serious endeavor on your part to maintain control of your bike and do what you can to come back safe.  While we have had some injuries such as Collarbones and puncture wounds and the typical loss of skin or concussion, neck trama, and or an IV from dehydration and would like to leave it at that or better said the average is 2-5 injuries requiring medical attention beyond what we can do in the field. Over my 20 years of putting on races I have rarely had to call for assistance but will do everything in my power to get medical support to you quickly. With all other recreation occurring in the forest from multiple user groups you can expect a 2hr to 3hr time to be rescued if you are seriously hurt.

Is neutral mechanical support available?

Answer:

YES, Sagebrush Cycles, Pine Mountain Sports and others for 2014 are involved in this event with excellent service to keep you rolling. We will lube your chain with lube (insert 2015 lube sponsor) adjust derailleurs, and provide assistance to the best of our ability. If by chance you do need a repair that requires payment please give the mechanic your race number and name and stop by Sunday the 20th to the shop that fixed your bike and settle up with them for the part allocated to complete your journey. In addition to service we will have some tubes and a tire or 2 at each aid area, but make sure to store some rubber patches/a tube a CO2 or other small parts in your drop bags to ensure your bike makes it to the finish line.

 

What are the cutoff times for this event?

Answer:

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You can drop the night prior at Mt Bachelor Village until 8 pm or the am of between 4:30 and 5am

While things do change year to year depending on the actual course, a time of 1:pm to 1:30pm at 50-55 miles is where the hard cut half way will be established to ensure your safety the rest of the way to the finish line. The average speed needed is about 7.5-8mph on average to make the cut off and to be well on your way to finishing without getting caught in the dark as even though it may be lite outside, the forest is much darker late in the day and Mudslinger Events will not compromise the safety of any participant in regards to cutoff times.

Justin and Misty Mitchel will be at the Key aid stations and if needed will cut you off if you fail to meet the time cuts. Good news is we finished 85%  on average for those that averaged 7.5 MPH to make the cut last year at 55 miles. Everyone who made this cut made it to the Finish line!

Pre-Ride with COG Wild!

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Come ride a key  section of the course without the hassle of setting
up a shuttle.

Pre-ride shuttle is now:
Meet at Cog Wild at 8:00AM Wednesday July 15th, $30 per person. 255 SW Century Dr.
A van will be at Dutchman from 11:30 until everyone gets back on. The section will be announced as soon as the Map is finalized and most likely if I get what I want, Dutchman to Lava Lake

Here is our local trail shuttle info:  LINK.

9am, 10:30am and Noon every day, $15 per person.
And our MRT shuttle info: LINK
If Folks want a guided tour, our Half Day LINK or Full Day options are great LINK

 

Where is the best place to Camp if the Host Hotel at Mt Bachelor Village Fills?

Thanks for signing up for one of the best courses and times you can have n your mountain bike.

So much more to come and make sure to reserve a room close to the start line at Mount Bachelor Village Resort
The 3rd week of July is super busy in Bend and our host accommodations are so close to the start and finish that you can reserve now with no advanced deposit required!  The number is (877) 394-8966, reference group code 291907.

Room rates expire on June 13th so get on it!

Our Host accommodations

 

Please take advantage of the rates provided until June 13th as the tourist traffic and other large groups do book and can push your chance to stay out the window.

Camping (Dispersed) is available 15 minutes away at Wanoga Snow park and please check local conditions for fire restrictions as most likely any fires in the woods will not be allowed at this time

For those not staying at Mt Bachelor Village alternate parking will be provided within 2 miles of the event at Deschutes Ridge off of Columbia and Disk Drive. Please park from 4am until 5:15am to make the start and or to get to the included hot breakfast in time at the Athletic Club of Bend.

Offsite parking location

Free entry offer

2 volunteers will get you in, just e-mail volunteer@mudslingerevents.com prior to June 1st 2015 while space remains!

1 volunteer such as yourself the day before at Packet pickup or maybe you want to help mark the course you can get 50% off!


Refund Policy (non offered after entry is accepted past the 50% refund date)

Until April 30th 50%

In the case of a serious injury you will be allowed to transfer to the next year if you notify mudslinger events before July 10th
Whats included in Entry

For your hard earned cash the best possible course I can come with (75 miles of trail) and amazing support to get you to the finish along with:

  • Custom Socks and Shirt
  • Pint glass
  • Finisher Growler for finishing.
  • Post event Deschutes Brewery Beer and Band
  • Custom Awards 3 deep
  • Great Raffle
  • Other great Prizes

A great post race meal consisting of:

New Meal for 2015

Plenty of Deschutes Beer

More info to come for 2015

 

Plus Deschutes Brewery Beer

All Category winners will receive a Growler Fill Certificate for the Tasting room post event.

 

When is the Mandatory meeting and Packet Pickup?

No Mandatory meeting for this event as everyone is on a time frame that suits your needs and has traveled long distances in most cases. I will post various videos with detailed information and the latest info

Packet Pickup (11-7pm at Mt Bachelor Village) Friday 7/18/15

I will be speaking Friday 7/17 at Packet pickup at Mt Bachelor Village  (19717 Mount Bachelor Dr ) from 1-2 pm outside of  the Twilight room and answering questions. Packet Pickup is from 11am until 7pm to pick up your swag or purchased items and sign a physical waiver/check your race info.

Every participant must come in and pick up your packet and confirm your emergency info and race info including Team Name prior to receiving your plate and swag bag to ensure that we have the most current info in the event of an emergency.

In addition your left calf will be marked after you are through the line with a O,V,M,S,C to let others know what category you are in. We also have the plates sequenced by category and this works well unless someone switches to SS or back to geared, which happens 4-5 times.

NO TRANSFERS……

AM packet Pickup is available no later than 5am at the Athletic Club of Bend for the last minute riders. Your friend can pick up your swag, but not your plate! It is highly advisable to come the day prior…..we will start on time on Saturday! Bathrooms are located outside and we have 10 of them.

 

Location of all things important to get you started the Day Prior

including day of parking (no parking at the Athletic Club or Mt Bachelor Village the day of unless you are staying there)

Google Map of Mt Bachelor Village/Athletic Club of Bend

Parking info the for the day of (parking is off site for those not staying at MT Bachelor Village and is a short 1 mile ride away)

Flagers will be on hand to direct you and reflective signs will guide you. This is a good thing to recon the day prior so you are relaxed driving to Parking and riding over.

LOCATION

Can I switch my T-shirt size at Packet pickup?

Answer:

NO or maybe?, sorry as the crew has done its best to accommodate quite a bit of large to medium switches over the years and it has left the event short in some years or close to short. We do over order, but even with over ordering this may leave us short. We do order womens specific shirts and mens to be as custom as possible so If you do need to change your size as your training progresses, please e-mail me at least 6 weeks out to guarantee the correct size requested. If we do have extras after you finish you may swap yours out.

Can I get a Custom 2015 High Cascades Jersey onsite.

Maybe? I do over order by 10 extra and these are on a first to show Friday for Packet Pickup basis. Order by April 15th when the online order closes for 2015 to have one waiting for you by event time.

Riding in Bend

Keep Single Track single.
Most vegetation is fragile and very sensitive to trampling. When passing others  the lead rider move over when safe and try to keep the single track single. This will avoid widening the trail unnecessarily. Use passing lanes whenever possible. When you stop for a break please remove your bike from the trail so others can pass without being forced to go off the tread of the trail.

3. Some trails can be crowded.
Runners, dog walkers, families, tour groups, racers, equestrians  and recreational cyclists all share the same trails. Please be courteous to other users, and extend a friendly nod or “hello” when passing. You are not any more entitled to use these trails than anyone else even though it’s a race please behave and be friendly regardless of what the other trail users are doing. This is especially true anytime a long descent exists also does the potential for 2 way traffic on short risers or blind corners.

Local resource for Bend

Everything you want to know about Bend. Great resource

Clothing Policy

Any clothing left over after Sunday, will be donated to Junior racing in Oregon no exceptions come cross season.  All left over clothing will be placed on one side of the race event trailer after the event Saturday and if not picked up by Sunday at 9am will be taken back to my house.

When dropping a jacket and or any article of clothing please label this gear prior to dropping it. While 95% of the Gear after the event is picked up, 5% on average does go missing or is accidentally picked up so please do not drop any item of value that will be missed as this gear drop is an honor system to which Mudslinger Events does not 100% guarantee that your cycling gear will be returned in any case no exceptions.

Event Jersey from Primal Wear (Racer Cut for men and women)

65.00 and these will be ready at packet pickup if you order by 4/15/15

NEW 2015 Design to come and great to have Primal Wear as the High Cascades 100 official cycling apparel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Dickies Mechanics Shirts available for $50.00 and Embroidered hats for $20.00

 

Race Starts and Finishes

Race starts at 5:30 am sharp on 7/18/15 from the Athletic Club of Bend, please park in any of the areas outlined at Deschutes Ridge off of Columbia and Disk Drive/Flagger will be on hand, proceed on the paved trail up to the athletic club. (closest business in the parking area is the High Desert bank at 1000 disk drive bend or. 97702 so check this area out prior to race day so you have a game plan for the am. LOCATION

Map online other parking prior to the event is on side streets across century drive where open to parking. Chandler Drive and other city streets are open and you can move your car to the upper parking lot in the Athletic Club after noon the day of the race to allow for Athletic club patrons. NO parking the am of the event at the Athletic Club!

Rider call up at 5:20, please be on time as if you miss the start you are on your own I will call up all local and not so local Fast people and Leaders of the NUE and defending champions who make the event.

Awards

7:30pm at the finish Athletic Club of Bend

Food (Catering) 10.00 per family member payable on site and Deschutes Brewery Beer from 1pm

Custom Sasquatch Medals 3 deep

Best State Competition award (Top 4 riders with 1 being a women from your state) Cumulative time

WILL IDAHO DEFEND?

3000.00 in Cash to the top riders, equal payout top 3 men and women

Great Raffle! Win a set of Rolf Prima Wheels!

 

 

Camping

At Wanoga only Friday and Saturday. Please watch out for areas where you should not park Dry Camping

(It is a 20 minute drive to the start if you are camping back to town) Please remember if we are in a fire restriction no fires and I will inform you if this is the situation.

Host Hotel is MT Bachelor Village in Bend. Do you want to be super close to the finish?   We will be finishing very close to the resort (.10 of a mile), so my best advice is to hit the link on my site and reserve now! As far as I know only a 3-4 bedroom is left. Another close hotel is the Entrada.

Litter

NO Littering or dropping gel packs. If you pull packs or anything out of one pocket, put the leftover in your garbage pocket and empty at the aid stations. I will DQ you if this happens and we know when no effort is made to stow your garbage. We do have gel flasks, need to do a complete inventory, but will be able to get you going and keep you going, so no tops of gel packets, or wrappers….please!

Other great ULTRA events. The NUE series is one way to go the distance. Please check out our friends at Ultra Marathon Cycling Association who will be posting your results in a points based format with other events across the nation.

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Thanks Guys

I will be sending out a Turn by turn directions with what to expect and official GPS tracks of the event as the snow melts and the course is cleared. I have ridden 3 sections of the course to date as of September 2014….good stuff!

For more info check the Race page for whats included ect and be safe on the trails

Mike and Family

 


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