Pedaling the Peninsula
360 Park – Gig Harbor
April 23, 2017
Key Pen Parks are doing some major construction where we typically hold our event. The usual “Village” is currently occupied by dump trunks and construction materials making way for a new parking lot, restrooms and tot-lot. However, the trails that we all know and love are still here and waiting for us! For 2017 we will be staging our event out of Horseshoe Lake Golf Course (see more below). Yes, think driving range as our village!
This will be a unique and fun start/finish! The start line will be in the middle of a golf course driving range. It will be a flat start with a slight drop onto a cart path, .35 miles, leading you straight into the 360 Park single track for 1.5 miles (THINK HOLESHOT). There you will have about 1/8 mile of uphill gravel road to double track for another 1/8 mile and then onto a downhill flow trail. Coming out of the downhill trail, riders will have a brief uphill double track, 1/8 mile, before plunging down a short single track and immediately climbing up a 150 yard unimproved road and entering a new twisting trail that contains banked turns and numerous pumps. Riders will then dive down to the upper meadow and will complete a one mile inner loop of the park that consists of single tract, double tract and 2 short road sections before punching back into the golf course where you finish on the driving range.
The course is about 5.7 miles long with lot of fun rolling climbs.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RACE
PARKING IS LIMITED – please carpool. There will be very limited team parking (1 car per team, and we will have a checksheet for parking attendants – so please make sure you coordinate your one team car before arriving). The main parking will be located at Horseshoe Lake Park and parallel along the road to the golf course, however parking here is still limited. If staying at a nearby RV Park, we ask that you shuttle to the race venue. Please be careful crossing the road. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation and we ask that treat your parking attendants nicely.
CHECK OUT THE VENUE LAYOUT HERE.
COACHES AND PARENTS – JOIN US SATURDAY FROM 4PM to 7PM FOR A COACHES SOCIAL IN THE CLUB HOUSE. This will be a great time to connect off the bike 🙂
Race Day Schedule
NEW FOR 2017
Coaches, we encourage you to collect your rider’s plates at the end of each race for safe keeping. Many plates are left on the bike and fly off when being transported on the vehicle. HOWEVER, not that riders need their plate for pre-riding.
FOOD & DRINK
BBQ Burger Bar will be available on race day at the Club House. Beef, chicken and veggie burgers with side.
NOTE: The coaches meeting is held at the same time as the Course Marshal Briefing. This means that your team representative can not be a Course Marshal, Sweep or Rover volunteer for the 10:00 AM race.
Horseshoe Lake Golf Course
1250 SW Club House Ct.
Port Orchard, WA. 98367
From I-5: From I-5 northbound, take exit 132, keep left and follow signs to WA-16W/Gig Harbor/Bremerton and continue onto WA-16 W.From I-5 southbound, take exit 132B for WA-16 toward Bremerton, keep left and merge onto WA-16W toward Bremerton.
From WA-16W: Take exit WA-302 W/Purdy Key Center onto Purdy Dr. NW. Continue for approximately 1/2 mile and turn left onto WA-302W. IN about 2.6 miles, turn right onto 94th Ave. NW which eventually becomes Sidney Rd. SW. Turn left onto SW Club House Ct.
Sorry, no camping is available at this venue. The closest RV Park is Gig Harbor RV Resort located 8 miles from the race venue. C
- I was awarded the Leader’s Jersey last race. What do I do with it?WEAR IT the next race. Receiving a Leader’s Jersey is a highly coveted honor, be proud to wear it.
- 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 Sunday’s. 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.