There are no changes planned for 2018. The course is the same as the 2017 route.
The race will start and finish in downtown Santa Clara. The first mile will be on pavement past tree lined shops and historic buildings. The venue location will allow for a fun and lively finish line atmosphere we are sure the whole family will enjoy.
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The dirt portion of True GRIT takes place in the desert south west of the City of Santa Clara. You will travel through sandy washes, over sandstone and rock out-cropping’s, through and around large boulders, over fast and flowy single track, up steep climbs to the top of 4 different ridges, you will see miles of of beautiful desert plateaus, red mountains, and white cliffs . It will be one of the toughest , most technically demanding courses you have ever raced – and the most beautiful.
The Course travels through 3 riding areas in St George – Red Bluff, Curly Hollow, and Boomer Hill area of the Santa Clara River Reserve – to create one long epic ride. The course uses the Red Bluff Competitive Area, the Barrel Ride, the Zen trail, the Bear-Claw Poppy Trail, Stucki Springs Trail, The Rim Runner, Cove Wash Trail, and the Barrel Rolls Trail.
The course is very technical and should be pre-riden, especially the Zen and Barrel Ride trail section. There are several steep drops, climbs, and turns that may require riders to get off their bike. ( please watch the videos ) There are also 3 ‘step over’ gates that require dismounting to lift your bike to the next region of trails and terrain.
The course travels in a generally clockwise direction ( except for the Zen loop which is counter clockwise) .
Over the years the course has been modified based on racer feedback. The changes have greatly improved racer satisfaction but have shorted the course slightly. Although billed as a 50/100 these are not the exact distances. However, finish times are comparable to other NUE events due to the “Toughness” factor of this course.
The Epic 50 -Course:
The ’50 ‘
The course is 46 miles in length with 43 of it on dirt. There will be check points at each of the loops. There will also be 2 aid stations with food, water, first aid, and repair services that can be accessed at approximately miles 13.7, 19.6, 36.5, and 41. Total elevation gain for this course is 6197 Ft .
The Epic 100 – Course:
The 100 course is a full 2 laps on the course. The second lap is exactly the same as the first. Once racers finish the Barrel Roll and drop down to Gates Ln/Stucki Spring Road, they will make a right turn, instead of left, and head back down Cove Wash the same as the starting lap. Feed Zones are accessed at miles 14.4, 20.8, 38, 43.2, 57, 63.8, 81, and 85.8 .The actual course distance is 88.6 miles, with fast finish times around 6.5 hours. Total Climbing is 12295 Ft ( BLM GIS Accuracy) . Start elevation is 2739 ft and the highest point is 3615 ft in elevation.
+ Note. Strava uses minimal points to be able to provide a small file for their platform. This course has numerous elevation changes as you flow up and over rocks. Strava does not pick these up and will therefore show a shorter distance and elevation. This is also why Strava can not be used to as a accurate timing device.
Bad Weather Plan
In case of in climate weather we may have to close down the lower Bear Claw Poppy Trail. No other changes to the course will be made. We will only close this section of the course either prior to or after all racers have completed their lap. There will be NO double Barrel rolls Substitute, just a shorter course.
Course subject to change based on yearly permits