There is a lot in here so please read completely! And we can't wait to see you all soon.
PRE RACE LOGISTICS:
Teams arriving before the 20th - we have been unable to contract a shuttle for you, as I know some of you were asking. Standard price for a taxi to Bend is about $35-40USD.
Team arriving on the 21 and 22 that are expecting a ride, we have trucks coming driven by great staff! We'll be looking for you curbside (it is a tiny airport), so once you get your gear just head on out. We'll see you, you'll see us. If there are any problems, txt 541.227.3953.
The LOGE Bend and Band Racing have invited chef Rudy Garcia and his bistro food truck to be onsite for the 22nd and 23rd. There are countless other options in town (2 miles along a nice bike path or via car), but as some teams will not have a car or would rather relax in the amazing LOGE environment, there will be food onsite. Prices are very reasonable, and he can cater to any food allergies. Coffee is also available in all the rooms and the office.
Teams Check in schedule will be published on the 21st.
Bus pick-up will be 6 AM on the 24th. Teams will need to check out (pay for outstanding balances) on the night of the 23rd (you can still sleep in your rooms). We will have a room for storage during the event.
FREE CHIROPRACTIC CARE:
During the main check-in day of the 23rd, Bend Racing is pleased to offer their team Chiropractor Dr. AJ Garis and massage therapist Becky Snead for complimentary treatments. Dr. AJ has been helping the team stay aligned for over 2 years, and now he and Becky want to send you off feeling good (at the start line at least) for EO!. More details to come, but he assures us that he and Becky will do there best to see everyone that wants a short session. http://www.discoverbendchiro.com/
POST RACE LOGISTICS:
There will be a big party on Sunday the 28th with Bend's famous El Sancho providing all the street tacos and fried plantains you can eat. Last year we set the record for the most tacos eaten by 100 people in 2 hours...and this year the race is even longer. We expect big things. And there will be Deschutes beer and Humm Kombucha on hand too. And don't worry if you finish earlier....we'll hand you something warm and filling when you cross that finish line.
We'll also be coordinating rides for those that need transport to the airport on Monday.
The course is vetted, most of the points are already in position. And we have some things we want you to think about as you pack.
Bring kit to stay warm. The temps are currently forecasted to be highs in the upper 50's to low 60s, and lows in the mid to high 30s. And only a passing scattered shower or two. Typical high desert springtime. The mountains may be quite different. Below are some recommendations based on our time out there.
tent instead of bothy bag (or bring both and make decision based on strategy once you know more)
pogies (for paddling sections). We find these way warmer than neoprene gloves. Cold hands stop working after awhile, so have a plan. https://www.amazon.com/Stohlquist-Waterware-Toasters-Pogies-Toaster/dp/B004ZR9EN8
trekking poles with snow baskets. Those of you that ordered poles, should have these coming with them.
Warm clothes. This is not a lycra race for most of the course.
Gaiters and shin guards. And maybe more snow gaiters for the first leg.
Lots of good warm socks - a new pair for every leg.
A few pair of shoes. The lava section might eat an entire pair on it's own.
Chalk bag (if you are not a super confident climber)
Drysuit (if you can). Wetsuits are allowed, but if you are on the fence, I promise you will be happier with a drysuit. We've tested these and they are good value for packrafting. https://www.mythicdrysuits.com/collections/drysuits
Packs that can carry a lot. At some point you will be carrying: tent, sleeping bags, packrafts, paddles, PFDs, drysuit, food, helmet, and whatever else you have. We LOVE DCF packs (dyneema composite fabric) like Hyperlite Mountain Gear or Z-packs. Game-changers. But pricey.
Sense of Adventure
Expectation of proficiency:
Just a quick word on our expedition adventure racing philosophy. Rely on your team, and your own skills. There is no way for us to guarantee your safety, as an inherent part of this sport is self reliance. If a route choice seems too dangerous - take another. If a rapid seems to hard, portage. Nothing is mandatory. Except honest self-assessment and teamwork. Those are the cornerstones of this sport. Take care of each other. Our job is to get you out as quickly as possible if you hit the SOS button. Your job is to work together with your team so you never hit that SOS button. Our job is to put together a challenging and memorable course that will test some of the world's best adventure racing teams, and still give most teams a chance to experience an amazing expedition. Your job is to be accept those challenges as best you can.
In the spirit of the above, we want to make clear that our medical staff are not here to make your race faster or more pleasant. They are here to help you in the case of serious medical need. And to be clear - blisters or macerated feet are not medical emergencies. The expectation will be for teams to take care of themselves - especially the normal "wear and tear" of AR. Ask for advice, or consultation. But do not expect walk battered into a TA, lay on a medical cot and sleep while the medic fixes your feet.
But if you suffer any traumatic injuries, please do not hesitate to seek our medical staff when available.
Race Bins, bags and boxes:
In addition to the gear storage listed in newsletter #2, teams will be allowed a Snowshoe bag (big enough for all 4 pair of snowshoes), and a climbing bag (big enough for all climbing gear).
EO will run a point-to-point race with a few notable unique rules as follows
Short course will be self selected, in order for teams to not miss the various technical cut-offs in the event. Teams will have many opportunities to move themselves ahead (all human powered) to control their overall pace and make it to the finish in time.
There will be three types of checkpoints:
Mandatory points. If you miss one of these, your team goes to unranked, but can continue the journey.
PRO points. These are optional. They count the same in the final checkpoint tally (for ranking purposes) as mandatory points. Usually PRO points will take an 1-2 hours for team to get in addition to following the mandatory course.
O-points. These points are also optional. They are on certain sections only. 3 O-points = 1 PRO point. If you get only 2 O-points, you do not get credit for a PRO point. O-points are cumulative throughout the race, so if you get 2 O-points in one area and 4 in another, you have a total of 6 O-points = 2 PRO points. O-points are generally clustered closer together and several can be found in an hour or two with good navigation.
That said, the course is designed with the expectation that top 5 (maybe more) teams will clear the entire course in the time allotted and will be ranked based on time.
We expect all racers to be kind and courteous to each other, (help each other if a team is in need), yield to other recreational users, and be good stewards for our sport. Be nice, make friends, race hard, play fair.
The course is looking great with so much snow melting over the last 2 weeks. Things are looking fast on much of the stages! You'll be traversing quite a range of landscapes and climates, so if things feel tough, keep going and they will change!
Questions? Ask. But we'll be pretty busy for the next week. And then it is your turn
See you soon.
Oh yeah. I almost forgot. The climbing is gonna be awesome. Historical. Seriously. Not hard. Just awesome.