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Old 08-28-2014, 06:21 PM   #1
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2014 Albany Out and Back Challenge

Mark your calendars!

Saturday September 14th.

What is it?
At dawn, we leave camp and split into small teams or solo riders. It doesn't matter. Each rider chooses the team they are most comfortable with. Then we ride our dirt bikes on some of the tightest riding in the Rocky Mountain West. Every three to five hours, there are stops for gas and food. In between gas stops, 100s of logs, 150+ miles of singletrack and other mayhem awaits.

Last year only three people showed up. Two of us finished. 12 hours is the time to beat.

General Procedures
These are the running rules of the ride. Similar to last year.
-I am not leading any groups. For those that show up, a GPS unit is required. You will be given GPS tracks on Friday night.
-Pay attention to your GPS. It will save you precious gas and daylight.
-If you are fast, the ride is going to take 12+ hours. Likely to take even longer for the average person.
-Riders can team up, or ride solo.
-There is no official start time. Riders begin at their own discretion. Times of 4:00AM and 6:30AM have been mentioned.
-Dawn 6:05AM. Dusk 19:55PM. Around 13 hours 50 minutes of light occur on September 13th.
-You are responsible for yourself. Bring a spot if you have one.
-Bring 2 gas cans for remote gas.
-Headlights are encouraged
-Plenty of bailout options exist. Bring a map for best success.
-We meet Friday evening at the start.
-All gas cans, food, water and misc items will be loaded into a truck Friday night and placed at remote stops.
-Ride begins and ends at the Gravel pit.
-Crying towels available at the finish.

Prior Attempt
Here is a link to a report from last year's ride.

The interesting thing about Albany is that there isn't many obstacles that are very hard. But don't let that fool you. Plenty of surprises exist in 150 miles of trail.

You will come home bruised and bleeding.

Maybe you go for a dunk in the river?

Cross your fingers that it doesn't rain.

Don't be careless on the bridges. Many bikes have ended up just like this.

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