You planned a lot of this route around climbing Cedar Ridge. Are they even going to have it open then? I’ve heard from Rangers they may be permanently closing it or rebuilding it because of constant runoff.
Ranger Duke approved the route so I would expect he would have nixed the idea if that was the case, but, to be sure I’ll follow up and confirm if the route has to be changed. If it is closed, I’ll post the alternate route by August 20th.
To transfer: send an email to email@example.com with your full name and category plus change request. If you can’t make the race, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so I can open a spot for someone on the waiting list. There will be no refunds in doing the transfer from 100 to 50 miles. If you upgrade from 50 to 100 miles, then you will have to pay the difference.
[…] Looking ahead: UGG: that’s the onomatopoetically appropriate acronym for the Umstead Gravel Grinder mountain bike races of 50 and 100 miles at Umstead State Park in Raleigh on Oct. 31. More info here. […]
Does the course start by going down and up those steps?
See I’m entered in the 100 mile…can I swap to 50?
I made the change, you are in the 50 miler.
Thanks! I have to be somewhere later in day…didn’t have the time for the 100!
i am on waiting list , just wandering if you already have a slot for 50 miles?
Hi, we have a lot of people on the waiting list for the 50 miler and no open slots. Think about next year!
I’m still on waiting list too. Did you not get my manila envelope with cash?
Got lost in the mail 😉
Can you post a more detailed description of the camp, lap start /stop area. I saw someone mentioned steps. Where are the steps?
The laps start right in front of the main large cabin at Camp Lapihio. The steps are to the left of the this main cabin and will be marked with tape on Friday 10/30. They are very low steps and you can walk/run with your bike up the steps if you don’t feel comfortable pedaling up them.
What kinds of food and drink will be available at the aid stations? Will there be bottles so we can grab and go, or will we need to fill our own bottles?
There will be water & Gatorade & cups available, you should plan on filling your own water bottles (or supply them to us and aid station volunteers can fill them for you) and we can transport them to the Cedar Ridge aid station before the race start (you will pass by twice in one lap) or have them ready for you near the aid station at the Campground. There will also be water at the turn-around at the ORC entrance. Food: M&Ms, trail mix, bananas, cookies, chips, peanut butter crackers, and a some energy bars.
What food will be available at the start/finish area? Last year there was ‘real’ food from the Flying Biscuit. Will there be similar this time?
Yes, there will be real food again, lunch in the cabin! This is for the racers & volunteers. If you have extra guests, please let me know (if you didn’t already buy them a meal ticket).
Great event. Kudos to the organizers and the volunteers. I am glad I went home and got my shoes
Thank you to the race organizers and all of the volunteers who made this a great race. I may not have done very well in the race, but I had a great time during the long long duration I was I was doing it. I have renamed Cedar Ridge “The Meat Grinder” and the top of that hill, where the “Slow” sign is for people going the other way is now “The Boneyard.” The name I have for the Graylyn trail hill is not fit to print. Cemetery Hill seems pretty apply named. Keep up the great work. Hope to get in to next year’s race.
There were several people taking photos. Were they official photographers? Will the photos be posted anywhere?
Thanks for a great race! My wife Shannon took a bunch of photos, which are here: https://www.facebook.com/mary.s.johnstone.9/media_set?set=a.10206986883058055.1073741884.1458587041&type=3&pnref=story
Awesome job from all the racers yesterday!! Couldn’t have asked for better weather either. Here are some pics I took, enjoy! https://picasaweb.google.com/111040328186140205329/UGG2015?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIaInteEoq3j5gE&feat=directlink
Awesome Job! Thanks for taking so many photo’s!
I thought it was a fantastic event. I am not primarily a mountain biker but it is tough but doable. The climb of Cedar Ridge really gives the race it’s character.
When will you have details for the 2016 event?
Date will be set soon (by Feb. 24th), working on the permit and camp reservations. Registration will open on May 1, 2016.
Hi all – I would like to throw one route option in the hat for UGG 2016. The route could go DOWN Cedar ridge–then at the bottom for 1/2 loop take a left on N Turkey, then on the other 1/2 take a right up S Turkey (or vs versa). Essentially, the reverse 2015 route. Just one option for democratic vote to keep it fresh and sassy.
is there a route map for this years route? just wondering how that works , thanks
I’d go up or down cedar ridge – either way 🙂
Didn’t see this. I just posted the same thing 2 years later 🙂
Yes, we will be changing the route to be safer and to not impede other park users.
cool. So, just the reverse of the old course, or something different? Thanks!
How is the course looking? Any damage or changes post-Matthew? I bet that creek is a disaster.
The creek was not bad at all on Wednesday. A few washouts, sand and loose gravel on the course, but I’ve seen it worse. Going down North Turkey Creek was a bit scary, almost skid off the trail a few times. The rain last night should help pack down the loose stuff though.
it says here that we have to purchase the jerseys by October 1st, so if I purchase a jersey now what will happen? Can I still pick it up at the race or is it too late?
You won’t be able to pick up the jersey at the event, it is a custom order so it will take 3 weeks to arrive. Will make arrangements to get it to you.
One year I may actually finish this race. I’d have paid $100 for a rear derailleur cable today. Too bad Performance support pulled our before first lap ended.
I’ll have to check with Performance and other bike wrenches to see what they can do for us next year (like do they need to have cables/hangars available!). And yes, that was a bummer, we will make an effort to get more bike support available next year. And have a basket of inner tubes on hand.
Not Performances fault I didn’t check my elderly cables for wear. Shifter was damaged anyway, perfect excuse to upgrade to 11 speed! It was an excellent race regardless, well organized and perfect weather.
Thanks for putting on a great race today Sarwat. Seriously good weather too.
Ditto. Once again a great event.
Not quite the epic quality of the first year’s weather but I definitely prefer this.
Anyone have any pictures?
Wurd…I remember my photo getting taken when I was bonking…should be funny…
Any word on photos?
Photo album here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1327537270613734.1073741839.179388852095254&type=1&l=bfee26b4ef
Are there any more photos on the way? Was curious as we passed the photographer and got snapped a few times on course and didn’t see any in the album.
Thanks to Sarwat,TORC,and all the volunteers for their hard work and for pulling this off once again. It did not look easy and I think we all sincerely appreciate your efforts.
Are there intermediate time limits for each lap?
No, but the last lap needs to be started by 5 pm.
how do we know how many people are registered for 50/100
On the registration page, click on the confirmation list link on the right: https://www.webscorer.com/registerlist?raceid=99157
any update about the waitlisted for 100 miles?
So far, no one has bailed yet, so the waitlist has not moved.
As a friend of a competitor who would like to watch a part of the race, do you have suggestions on parking? Viewing?
Sorry, didn’t see this until after, I think the most interest part to watch would be at the bottom of Cedar Ridge. They could park on Ebenezer church rd and walk down. Or park at the Black Creek Greenway lot and walk over to spectate.
As a local cyclist I was very upset when my wife came home from her run this morning and one of the riders said to her, “I don’t know why you f-ing runners have to come out during a bike race.” We both hope that the race went well and are thankful for the work the organizers have done to make it happen. We’ll likely participate in future years.
Hi, I apologize for the rude bicyclist, although I did ask people to be nice and courteous several times before the event started, not everyone adheres. If this happens in the future and you know the # the person had, please let me know so I can ban them from future UGGs.
The runners and families with dogs/strollers are probably scared to death of the speeding riders. The least we can do is be courteous and give them plenty of room to be safe. I hope the nasty cyclist is banned.
Thank you for the response. We live next to the park and many of our neighbors use the park in non-cycling ways. I work hard to be an ambassador to them because they can be quick to call the Park Office and advocate for banning bikes. I also have been on many start lines and am thankful that courtesy is always mentioned. Thank you again for organizing, I am sure this is not representative of everyone involved and this event goes a long way to maintaining and expanding bike access in the area.
Holy Moly…that’s awful.
Any thoughts on reversing the course this year? So we go down Cedar Ridge instead of up it?
I think this might be a little safer in terms of other people using the park. In that direction, on all of the sections with a lot of blind curves, North/South Turkey Creek, Corkscrew, we would be climbing and going much slower. I know it is the cyclists responsibility to ride safely, but I wonder if that might be better.
Could definitely change things up!
So any word on the 2018 course?
Working on it, should have something posted by Oct. 9th.
No singlespeed category? Boooo…
Singlespeeders: email me at email@example.com, if there are at least 6, I’ll make it a category.
Is there a way to see your position on the waiting list?
No easy way but i sent you a message.
Date is now December 16th (Sunday), but the notes still say Saturday in the “Date/Start” section. I’m going by the 16th date unless I hear otherwise.
Will correct my typos, the date is December 16!
Thanks for saving the race this year. any update on the course?
S, did I read somewhere you are considering reversing the course?
Yes, will be posting the course soon, we will go counterclockwise on Turkey Creek.
Yes, we will run the course counterclockwise on Turkey Creek and not do Cedar Ridge.
So no creek crossing? 🙂
just doesn’t seem right to not have the creek crossing and Cedar Ridge climb…..disappointed
I hear you, in the end it will depend on how much rain we get and how high the creek is. Normally the ranger does clear the creek area and they regularly fill in the washouts.
Certainly understand it being too deep to pass…… just don’t want it to be too easy! after all it is the Gravel Grinder yeah?
thanks for all the hard work you guys have put in for this…… I look forward to doing my first and definitely not my last UGG
Yes! We look forward to seeing you there!
So what is the route for the race? Will the rangers clear the roads of debris and filling in some washouts?
going to speak to the ranger this week to find out. I think one option is to do one climb up Cedar Ridge and then go left on Reedy Creek to do Turkey-Graylyn counterclockwise. Will be scoping it out this week to check the mileage.
Well heck. Did this (race closing down) stem from the poor behavior of a few cyclists that drew the complaints to the rangers in October 2017?
Their most important concern was safety: that people were riding very fast and very close to other park users without giving anyone any space and this could potentially cause an accident.
That is heartbreaking. I’m sorry Sarwat. Great job on 5 years of making UGG happen. It was very impressive for sure.
What about running it at night??
I asked last year to run it at night, he rejected that proposal.
Yes, I remember lots of folks out there, but I always made it a point to err on the side of their safety…always gave them a wide berth, announced myself, and said “excuse me”: and “thank you,” etc. Anyway, THANK YOU for putting on this wonderful event, and giving us a great event once a year! 🙂
Thanks for a great race. It’s understandable that the park has become just too busy on weekends to hold a bike race. People are going to ride fast, that’s the whole point of a race. But that’s incompatible crowded paths.
Pity the race is now defunct, but I can understand the reasoning. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it in 2017 after having to pull out in 2016 due to a broken ankle and missing out last year being wait listed. Very well organized race and an excellent venue. Any left over T-shirts from previous years? I’d be interested in a Male Large….
Hi Liam, yes, I have extra t-shirts, I need to set up an option to purchase via our online store, will get to it after Curse at the Crab!
Sad to see this race come to an end. The growth of the community has its benefits and challenges. I understand the rangers concerns as those accidents are becoming more common in this park. Accidents will happen without the race. Canceling the race to avoid accidents is easier for them. As riders we wish compromise could have been established.
I want to thank you/your team/ volunteers for all of the hard work. You have provided me with great gravel ride memories these past 4 years I have participated.
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