Yesterday we sent Troy Olson out in a downpour with the GPS to record the course for this years 4th annual Pierre’s Hole 50/100 mile mountain bike race. This race is part of the National Ultra Endurance MTB Race Series. Troy took first place in 2009’s men’s 50 mile open class and also took a win for his age group in the Sea Otter Classic this year. I would’ve ridden it myself but… who am I kidding, this thing looks brutal.
Troy said that this year’s course is “all time” adding that, “all of the rain we’ve received recently has the trails in awesome condition”. He also likened the downhill on Bustle Creek to a “BMX track”, and mentioned that, “riders may want to watch their speed through the jumps on this section”.
Race coordinator Andy Williams says that, “with the addition of the resort’s new trails such as Lightning Loop and Colter’s Revenge, the race now has more climbing and singletrack than ever”. With more than 5000′ of vertical gain in nearly 26 miles the course has grown by at least 500′ and half a mile. Andy also noted that he expects the lead time to be around 2:15 per lap.
One Big Ride, Abundant Teton Beauty
Pierre’s Hole is a part of the National Ultra Endurance Series: www.USMTB100.com
Pierre’s Hole, a mountain valley tucked up to the WY border on the western side of the Tetons, was once known as the strategic center for fur trade in the Northern Rockies. Today it is known as the strategic gathering place to ski unfathomable deep powder and ride some of the best unknown single track in the nation. On August 4th, 2012 Pierre’s Hole 100 will provide this pleasure to the fortunate souls that have entered this epic race (journey). The race course is situated under the Le Tres Tetons, or the three Tetons (Grand, Middle, and South Teton); with single track loops at Grand Targhee Resort (GTR), the descending (Mill Creek) and the ascending of Teton Canyon via drainages wrapped with single track. The views are breathtaking as you will be racing under these magnificent peaks, albeit you may not see much of them while your HR reaches VO2 while climbing out of Teton Canyon.
Staging for the race is from the Grand Targhee Resort, where there is ample lodging and necessary amenities available for racers. The Pierre’s Hole 100 consists of a 25-mile loop, each lap features over 4600 feet of climbing on mostly single and double-track trails. Racers may register for the 50 miler (2 laps) or the 100 miler (4 laps). Only the 100 mile race is part of the NUE series. The village at GTR will be full of pre- and post-party events, including a band after the awards.
The 2012 Rendezvous for the Battle of Pierre’s Hole 100 will take place on August 4, 2012. Registration is now live for the first 325. Stay tuned here for details.
COME RIDE IT IF YOU CAN.
Staging for the race is from the Grand Targhee Resort, where there is ample lodging and necessary amenities available for racers. The Pierre’s Hole 100 consists of a 25-mile loop, each lap features over 4600 feet of climbing on mostly single and doubletrack trails. Racers may register for the 50 miler (2 laps) or the 100 miler (4 laps). Only the 100 mile race is part of the NUE series. The village at GTR will be full of pre- and post-party events, including a band after the awards.
After just three years in existence, after building a reputation as one of the most challenging MTB endurance races in the country, the Pierre’s Hole 50/100, held Saturday, August 4, 2012, will join the 2012 Kenda National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series.
“The races that have been added are outstanding, more western located venues,” said Ryan O’Dell, NUE Series Organizer to Cyclingnews.com. “With four races in the West, Western racers now have great opportunity to complete the four-race minimum without the necessity to travel to the East.” The change comes in response to racer requests for additional western venues. The races that have been added this year have been described by racers as well managed events along epic courses.”
Located on the western slope of the Tetons at Grand Targhee Resort the Pierre’s Hole 50/100 offers a 25 mile loop of mostly single-track gaining a blistering 4600 feet in elevation on each lap. Each loop starts at the resort, descends into Mill Creek and ascends through Teton Canyon, with distractingly spectacular views of the mighty Tetons.
Contact Information Name: Andy Williams
Phone: 1 307.353.2300 ext. 1309
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2012 Pierre’s Hole 50/100 Mountain Bike Race
Grand Targhee – Teton Valley, ID
Total time: 2:32:23
Moving time: 2:30:42
Average speed: 16.24 km/h (10.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 16.42 km/h (10.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 45.45 km/h (28.2 mi/h)
Average pace: 3.70 min/km (5.9 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3.65 min/km (5.9 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1.32 min/km (2.1 min/mi)
Max elevation: 2579 m (8462 ft)
Min elevation: 2004 m (6576 ft)
Elevation gain: 1545 m (5067 ft)
Max grade: 48 %
Min grade: -41 %
Recorded: 7/27/2012 9:24am
Rider: Troy Olsen