Please join us for the 2ndAnnual Methow Valley Off-Road Duathlon, held at the iconic Sun Mountain resort on the MVSTA trail system and brought to you by
We will use the same course as last year, meandering through aspen and
pine forests above Patterson Lake, starting and ending at the Chickadee
trail head in the beautiful Methow Valley.
Paul Smotherman- Race Director
2013 Course Details
MOUNTAIN BIKE PORTION
The course will start with a short 1km run down to Patterson Lake where
the bikes will be staged to start the bike portion of the race on the Winthrop Trail. The course will continue north on the Black Bear Trail and connect to the Fox Loop for a descent down Little Wolf Creek Road. Racers will continue on the Overland Trail and begin the climb up Thompson Ridge Road. After a tough climb racers will slalom down the single-track on Pete’s Dragon and the Lower Inside Passage Trails connecting
back to Thompson Ridge Road. Racers will pass Chickadee Trailhead
parking lot and ride down Patterson Lake Road for a second loop.
The route above is a TOTAL of 40 KM of biking.
TRAIL RUN PORTION
After bikers complete the second loop they will stop short at the
Chickadee parking lot to drop their bikes and begin the running portion
of the race. Participants will run down Patterson Lake Road cutting
south through the Patterson Cabins parking lot which connects to Patterson Lake Trail for grand views over looking the lake. Racers will then climb west up Radar Creek Trail to Criss-Cross Trail passing over Thompson Ridge Road and back up Yellowjacket Trail. The final leg down Rodeo Trail finishes at the Chickadee Trailhead shelter with keg beer, pizza and celebration.
The TOTAL trail run will be 10KM.
Please check back for updates. Final course changes will be noted at pre-race meeting.
Driving Directions to the Methow Valley:
you're coming from Seattle/Bellingham/Vancouver you'll probably take
HWY 20 (North Cascades Hwy) East from I-5 to get to Winthrop.
you're coming from Tacoma (Olympia/Portland/Etc.) take HWY 18 East to
I-90 and go over Snoqualmie Pass, Blewett Pass (Hwy 97) and follow the
Columbia River North to the Methow Valley which means you'll get to Sun
Mountain via Twisp (You can always go over the North Cascades Hwy
instead, but you may risk hitting Seattle traffic).
you're coming from anywhere East of the mountains (Eastern BC, Spokane,
Tri-cities, ID, MT, Yakima, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, etc.) you'll get to
Sun Mountain via Twisp.
Driving directions from Winthrop:
From the four-way stop sign in downtown Winthrop, go east on HWY 20
about a half mile and turn right after crossing the bridge onto Twin
Lakes Road. Follow Twin Lakes Road about 3 miles to Patterson Lake Road
and turn right. Follow Patterson Lake Road about 5 1/4 miles to
Chickadee Trailhead/Thompson Ridge Road and turn left into the parking
lot. Allow 20-25 minutes for drive time and watch out for deer!
Driving directions from Twisp:
From Twisp River Pub in downtown Twisp, head west on HWY 20 for about
5.5 miles and turn left onto Twin Lakes Road. Follow Twin Lakes Road
about 2 miles and turn left onto Patterson Lake Road. Follow Patterson
Lake Road about 5 1/4 miles to Chickadee Trailhead/Thompson Ridge Road
and turn left into the parking lot. Allow 25-30 minutes for drive time
and watch out for deer!
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 1
$35 Solo/$65 Team until September 1st.
$40 Solo/$75 Team after September 1st.
$15 Race shirts are available for purchase until September 7th.
**$7 Pasta Feed Paid COD on Friday September 27
during packet pickup starting at 5pm
includes race fee, prizes, the knowledge that you are a badass, and
after party with free local micro-brew and gourmet foods.
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