Big Hurt Mountain Bike
This is a 16.5 mile course that is a combination of dirt logging road, single-track trail, and paved road.
The course will start on a gated dirt road on the North side of Little River Road. Riders will go through the gate uphill to the start a little less than ½ mile up the logging road. From there the road will mellow about a bit for another ½ mile and then turn right onto a wide, rolling trail for the next 6 miles ending with an exhilarating downhill back to the start line.
From there you will go down the logging road to Little River Road and go right. From this point on you will be sharing the road with normal car traffic, and all rules of the road apply. You will go downhill on this road for just under a mile to Black Diamond Road where you will go right. Follow Black Diamond Road into town and it will turn into Pine Street.
Just before 8th Street the route will zig zag down a dirt trail to Valley Street. Go left on Valley Street and pedal out to First Street where you will turn right. To Oak Street go left. The finish line is at the intersection of Oak St. and Railroad Ave.
Downtown intersections will have traffic control in place—follow the directions of the police official on site.
The Foothills trail is a multi-use trail, including motorized use so watch for other traffic. It varies between smooth and flowy, to tight and rough with loose rocks. Some off-road riding experience is strongly recommended.
The bike racer must be capable of racing/riding on public roads that are open to motor vehicles. The racer is responsible for knowing the course. There are minimal signs and no mileage markers on the course.
Assistance along the course is not allowed. There will be a mechanic available at the start line for any last minute emergencies (emergencies only please, have your bike maintained and ready before the race!). There are no other services provided along the course. The racer should start with sufficient water and food for the entire course. The bike racer is responsible for providing a safe bicycle. The racer should be able to repair flat tires without outside assistance.
Cyclists competing on a TEAM are required to be dropped off at the start line on race day. IRON Division participants are expected to get a ride, but can sign up for a shuttle for $15. You can reserve a shuttle during the registration process, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The shuttle bus will leave from the Big Hurt HUB downtown at 9:00 a.m.
The race starts at 10:00 a.m.—allow 30 minutes to get to the gate from downtown Port Angeles. Plan to arrive at the gate by 9:30 a.m., as there is a 1/2 mile ride or walk uphill to the start line. There is a racer briefing at 9:45 a.m. before the 10:00 a.m. start. There is room to park for team members and spectators if they wish to watch the race start or stay to watch racers coming through after the first loop.
Directions from the Hub: Go South on Lincoln Street to 8th Street and go Right. Follow to the 2nd light which is Pine Street and go Left. After the stop sign, it will turn into Black Diamond Road, which you will follow several miles until you come to Little River Road where you will take a Left. In just under a mile there will be a gated road (yellow gate) on your left which will be clearly marked.
While there is a fair bit of dirt and paved road riding, the trail portion of the route is fairly rough, loose, and steep. Some mountain bike experience is highly recommended. It is also strongly recommended that you use a mountain bike, ideally with a little suspension and definitely good brakes.
Helmets are mandatory. Bikes must be in good condition. Motorized bikes of any nature are not allowed. Bicyclists may not receive assistance or spare parts from anyone after starting the race.
There are hazards along the route including narrow shoulders, truck traffic, dogs, etc. Pay attention out there!
No ear buds, earphones, or anything else that would limit hearing can be used during this or any leg of The Big Hurt.
Spectators are welcome but they must make their way up to the start line just as the riders.