The 2008 Wasatch Classic will take place on Saturday June 28. The start and finish will be in Midway, Utah. Estimated mileage will fall somewhere between 80 and 100, with 20k-25k of elevation gain. This year’s route will be be a little more friendly than last year’s, but will still include nearly all of the classic Wasatch singletrack, as well as lung busting climbs. You will ride, among others, The Ridge Trail 157, Tibble Fork, Mill D North, Desolation Lake, The Crest, and the Mid-Mountain trail in Park City.
The entire route will be included on what I think is the very best trail map of the Wasatch area. It is a new map by Adventure Maps, and it is to this area what the Lat 40 maps are to Moab.
As I finalize the route, I will provide a GPS, or a TOPO! file for those who are interested. I will also be happy to mark the route on any map. If you are not local, send me your map, and I will mark it, and send it back to you.
This ride is an unsupported group ride. Individuals will be responsible for their own food, water, repairs, navigation and anything else you need. In the classic words of MC, “bring what you need or do without”. Finishing times will be provided, and some people may wish to compare those times afterward.
There will be plenty of places to filter water along this route. There are rivers, creeks, lakes, and campground spigots. There will possibly be one store along the route, at Brighton Ski resort.
As I finalize the route, more details will become available.
If you have any questions, post them in the comments at the TWC blog.
Today’s weight: 182
UtRiderFebruary 20, 2008
Will you be offering a Wasatch Classic Lite? You know, like what the e50 is to the e100? 🙂
KeithFebruary 20, 2008
Yeah Adam, how about a realistic version for those of us who only have a mild form of self-abuse and would like to be home in time to eat pizza and watch a movie with our kids?
Adam LisonbeeFebruary 20, 2008
Don’t you guys remember last year’s route? This IS the mild version!!
KanyonKrisFebruary 20, 2008
I think I have a good idea of your route. Here are my thoughts:
– I like the start in Midway.
– Have you biked Ridge 157 all the way over to Brighton? I’ve gone as far as Mill Canyon and cherry picked a section north of that and it was pretty rough. I can only imagine it gets rougher farther north. Will it be too much hike-a-bike?
– You could zip down the Poleline Pass road back to Midway (this would make a nice end to WC lite) then go up Springer Hollow to Guardsman Pass. From here you could just take the Wasatch Crest trail north.
– Going up Mill D is quite a grunt, and this will be after 30-40 miles of tough biking.
– With the big snow winter this year, will those high trails be clear by June 28?
I like your enthusiasm for linking up all these great local trails into one epic route, but it’s rugged, mountainous country up there.
Dave HarrisFebruary 20, 2008
Sounds awesome Adam. I just don’t see how I could not do this one….
FWIW, since ’06 the best events I’ve done have had a greater than 50% DNF rate. I’m not saying this should be the case…I’m just saying.
Keep it hard and burly and let riders choose how much they can bite off. It’s the decision making under duress that really sets these self-supported epics apart from the rest of the crowd.