Copper Harbor Trails Festival, Sept. 4-6

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2015

source: www.copperharbortrails.orgĀ 



MTB enduro is a relatively new mountain bike race format which takes some inspiration from both car rally and motorbike enduro racing. It is a stage-race format where the winner is the rider who accumulates the lowest combined time from the various timed sections. The Trails Fest enduro conists of either 2 (short enduro) or 4 (long enduro) timed “special” stages which take place on technically demanding, generally descending terrain. These special stages are linked by predominantly ascending transfer stages. Although a rider’s specific performance on the physically demanding transfer stages does not affect his or her result, the transfers are associated with an overall time cut-off. The enduro race courses are run on a mix of intermediate and expert mountain bike single track. Stages for the Enduro events will be announced the week of the event. Awards will be given to the top 3 men and top 3 women in each event.


The Trails Fest Downhill event will be held on the demanding, expert level Bell Built Overflow Trail that descends from Brockway Mountain Drive. The trail has large natural and man-made features that will challenge the most advanced riders. Shuttles to the start of the event are included in the entry fee and are provided by the Keweenaw Adventure Company. Best 1 of 2 timed runs will determine winners. Practice time will be available prior to the event.


The junior mountain bike races include a 40 yard (for the little ones), 1-mile, and 3-mile event for ages 13 & under. The races start and end in the Copper Harbor Park and the race route loops between the town of Copper Harbor and Fort Wilkins State Park. The course is a mix of gravel pathway, singletrack, and doubletrack with very little elevation change. This is a very kid friendly event!


This fan favorite is held at the Harbor Haus dock on the Copper Harbor waterfront. In memory of our friend Dan Wissman, the event features riders on special mountain bikes hitting a wood jump into Lake Superior. There is no fee to take part and sign up is on site. Awards for best tricks!


The length of our short and long XC races vary each year but always feature challenging singletrack and elevation change that are the trademark of the Copper Harbor Trail System.

Both short and long events for 2015 will roll out east (via staggered start times) from town along US41 before hitting the singletrack of the new Keweenaw Point Trail. After the Point Trail racers will climb Manganese Road for a short distance before reentering singletrack. The short race will climb up to the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge property via an assortment of singletrack trails and then descend back to town via Dancing Bear, Red Trail, Mango, and Ma Maki. The Long Race will also climb to the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge property but then proceed across US41 to hit Garden Brook, Woopidy Woo, and Bullwinkle, return across US41 and hit an assortment of trails before also descending Dancing Bear, Red Trail, Mango, and Ma Maki.

Overall the short race will feature one significant climb to the Mountain Lodge and the long race will include two significant climbs to the Mountain Lodge. Intermittent passing will be available on both courses but we also ask that races be courteous and allow faster races to pass as safe and convenient. There will be a couple splits and merges that racers will need to navigate. Maps will be posted on the Copper Harbor Trails Fest website when they are available.