Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cooking in the Kettles

Just a few more details on the Cookin' in the Kettles mountain bike race starting at Ft Ebey State Park on Sunday, April 5th. It's the same popular "Cookin' in the Kettles" race like last year's, except that it's now part of the Singletrack Cycles West Side Mountain Bike Series. Because of its location in the "Olympic rain shadow" and sandy soil we've been seeing dry trail conditions on all of the 7-mile long course. Each lap has 1,500' of short climbs, swoopy descents, tight switchbacks and fast straightaways. In other words, this one has it all!
The distances are Beginners-7 miles, Sport-14 miles and Expert-21 mile. Just the thing to test the fitness and endurance. There will also be a 1 to 2 mile free kids' race. Sport riders start going off in waves at 10am, with Beginners shortly after. Experts go off at noon, with the Kids race immediately following. Results and times for all racers will be available at the finish and at www.BuDuRacing.com. There will also be an awards ceremony following the event.
To get to the race take the Mukilteo ferry (http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/schedules/current/index.cfm?route=muk-cl) to Clinton and follow Hwy 525/Hwy 20 for about 27 miles, and turn left onto LIBBY Road. Coming from the north follow Hwy 20 about 25 miles south of the turnoff by Anacortes and turn right on Libby Road. Then follow the signs to Ft Ebey State Park. The course will be flagged on Saturday afternoon for pre-riding. Excellent camping (with showers) is available at the Ft Ebey campgrounds. (A special note: the Park's system for charging to credit/debit cards should be back on by this weekend, but bring cash or check just in case.) http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?selectedpark=Fort+Ebey&pageno=1
Thanks again to all the groups supporting this event: Skagit Bicycle Club, Bicycles Northwest (of Oak Harbor), Skagit Cycle Centers Racing, BuDu Racing, Island County Parks and Ft Ebey State Park.

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