I went up to Park City this evening with a bunch of Mad Dog team members and rode the ICUP Deer Valley course. Boris joined us, and was sure to point out any E100 terrain that we covered.
The course is in good shape, and for some reason seems more fun this year. A big nasty climb, followed by a big nasty descent has been removed, due to a 5 start multi-bizillion dallor hotel being built. It will cut about 15 minutes off the lap. The weather wanted to be bad, but it could not quite muster enough to rain, but toward theend of our ride it did get pretty windy.
The loop has a lot of short steep climbs, and also some longer sustained ones. It is filled with switchbacks, roots, rocks, and tons of trees. It is classic alpine singletrack, and is why the E100 is growing to legendary status. This saturday will give just a small taste of what the series will offer.