Battle at the Base

Joint Base Lewis McChord – JBLM, WA

April 9, 2017


 

Season Opener

WELCOME TO FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON!
 
We are excited to return to Joint Base Lewis McChord after a taking a season off from this venue. The course at JBLM is great first race of the season because the climbs and elevation are a little easier on the lungs then the rest of our courses!
 
The course is approximately 5.1 miles of double track, fast and flowing single track with a few new sections of single track climbing. Middle school grade categories and Beginners will have a slightly modified lap to make one climb a bit more mild.
 

COURSE 411:

There will be an open start on gravel to a slightly uphill winding double track. The middle school riders will split here and climb the ridge on a gravel road before joining back onto the main course. The others will have a steeper 150 yard climb transitioning into slightly twisting double track for 3/4 mile before hitting 1/2 mile of flat single track that flows through thick forest. Exiting this trail riders will have about 100 yards of wider road before entering a second section of flat single track, about 1/4 mile. This will be followed by about 200 yards of wide road leading into new section of single track downhill opening up at bottom

Into a side hill traverse that leads into a steep 100 yard single track climb followed by more single track, 1/8 mile, that puts you on a new single track downhill and into a 1/2 mile sprint to the finish on more open double track that twists a bit and finally opening onto a road. 

Each lap is 300 feet of climbing and 5 miles long.


The race is located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord property in an unsecured area. This means we will not need clearance to enter the property, but the property is not open to the riders before the Saturday pre-ride. Primitive camping is available (to those that book it – see below).
 
LOTS OF CHANGES THIS YEAR – Race day schedule, staging process and access to camping. See below for more information.

Race Day Schedule

NEW FOR 2017


Directions


The race site is located in an unsecured area at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (aka Fort Lewis). There is no physical address. If you are using navigational devices, best to search by coordinates: 47.137359, -122.599533

 

From I-5 South: Follow I-5 south towards Dupont, take exit 119 toward Steilacoom-Dupont Rd. Turn right onto Dupont-Steilacoom Rd. and go approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right onto East Dr. and continue for approximately .7 miles. Just before the East Gate (entrance to JBLM at East Drive and No. Gate Rd. SW) there will be a gravel road to the north into the race venue. Watch for signs.

From I-5 North: Follow I-5 north exit 119 toward Dupont-Steilacoom Rd. Turn left onto Dupont-Steilacoom Rd. (signs for Stelacoom Rd./Dupont Rd). Turn right to stay on Dupont-Steilacoom Rd. and continue for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right onto East Dr. and continue for approximately .7 miles. Just before the East Gate (entrance to JBLM at East Drive and No. Gate Rd. SW) there will be a gravel road to the north into the race venue. Watch for signs.

NAVIGATION:
47.137359, -122.599533

 

Lodging

Camping

NEW FOR 2017: Not all venues have camping. Most have limited camping spots! Secure a camp spot by booking online. If you do not book online, you are not guaranteed a camp spot.

Primitive on-site camping is available on Saturday for a $10 per overnight vehicle. Sanicans on-site, no water, no electricity. No fires allowed.

Please check in with the Race Director before setting up camp. Race Director can also be reached at 206-291-7773.
 
 
 

Hotels

FairBridge Inn & Suites
1609 McNeil Street
DuPont, WA 98327
253-912-8900

Special Group Rate for Washington Student Cycling League. Call and mention our organization for special pricing
 

Best Western Liberty Inn
1400 Wilmington Drive
DuPont, WA 98327
(253) 912-8777

 

F.A.Q.

  • I was awarded the Leader’s Jersey last season. Can I wear it to the first race this season?If you were the series overall leader last season, by all means, wear your leaders jersey!
  • Do I need to register for the race? No. When you register for the Spring Program you are automatically pre-registered for all of the races. It is imperative that you know what your race category is. You can verify your category here. Note that there are deadlines for filing a petition for changing your race category.
  • How do I get my race plate with my bib number? See Race Plate above.
  • What day is the race? Race days are always on Sundays. Course setup is on Saturday and course pre-ride is on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm.
  • How early should I arrive on race day? Team tents should be setup in the Village no later than 9:00 AM, but earlier is recommended. Often the course runs through the Village so setting up early is best. Student-athletes and parents, I would talk to your coach about when they would like you there.
  • Can we put our team tent anywhere we like? No. All team tents must be located in the Village.
  • What is the “Village”? The Village is where we build community! Located in the heart of the venue, the Village is where team tents are located, Registration, Volunteer Check-in, First Aid, Neutral Support and often time the Feed Zone or Hydration Station.
  • What is the Feed Zone? The Feed Zone is an area designated for providing riders with hydration and nutrition during the races in a safe, controlled manner. Designated coaches, riders, and volunteers can enter the feed zone and hand-off food and bottles, sun glasses, jackets, etc. to riders as they pass by. Bring your own water bottle.
  • Will there be food available at the race? Most races we will not have food vendors. If one will be available we will post on the race site. We will be providing snacks for our volunteers which will be available when you check in at the volunteer tent. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINK. We encourage parents to get involved with providing food for your team! Hang out, bbq, and meet your neighbors. If you do bbq, it is always a good idea to bring a fire extinguisher. Note: some venues may ban bbq’s. If this is the case, it will be clearly posted.
  • What time do I need to be at the start line? See the Race Day Schedule listed above.
  • Will there be rider call-ups? Yes. See Rider Staging above.
  • How does the scoring work? There are two competitions. Individual by Race Category and Team Competition. See the Rule Book for more information.
  • What I want to change race categories, how does that work? If you would like to change categories, you must file a petition by the deadline. The petition is reviewed by the Rules and Appeals Committee. If your petition is approved for an “upgrade”, for instance if you go from Intermediate to JV or JV to Varsity, your earned points will be carried forward to your new category. Unfortunately downgrade points do not follow.
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