Iron Daisy Enduro
September 9, 2017
The Iron Daisy Enduro is the new face of mountain bike racing in Montana. It’s a backcountry racing experience on raw, undiscovered singletrack in the heart of the Rocky Mountain west. It’s a big day of racing, but features creature comforts like rider shuttles, fully catered meals, and camping on the banks of the Clark Fork River.
This is a partner format enduro race. You and a teammate will traverse 25 miles of untamed singletrack in the Montana backcountry. The course is remote, the consequences are real. In the spirit of a backcountry adventure race you’ll need to look out for your teammate as well as the other racers.
In the spirit of blind racing, the course will be presented at the rider meeting on the evening of September 8th. Expect to see 2-4 timed segments over 20-30 miles, with 5000-7000′ of climbing and 8000-10,000′ of descending. The race will feature untapped singletrack in and around Thompson Falls, Montana. Some of these trails see little use, others haven’t been cleared for years. We’re pretty sure you haven’t ridden these trails.
The Iron Daisy Enduro is a partner format enduro bicycle race. The race is made up of several timed special segments, which are interspersed by un-timed transition segments. The winner will be the rider or team that completes each timed stage with the lowest combined time.
Buddy System Racing
Each rider is timed and scored separately. However, you may not begin a timed segment before your partner checks in, or begin the transition segment before your partner finises their timed run. Riders who arrive at timed segments separately will be assessed a 5 minute penalty.
In 2017 we are offering five categories:
Individual categories are just that: fastest rider wins. Team categories are the combined time of both team members. Riders race and are timed separately, and those times are combined for the team score.
Required Gear Checks
Please review the required gear and ensure that you and your partner are properly equipped. You will need to present your required gear in order to pick up number plates, and random checks will occur throughout the day. Teams who fail to carry required gear will be assessed a 10 minute penalty.
Spirit of the Backcountry
This is a remote backcountry race. While we feel that the team format will improve camaraderie at the event, it is intended as a safety measure. If you come across another team with an injury, we ask that you stop and assist them, even if you’re racing. If you interrupt a timed segment to assist a rider in need, you will be given the position of your highest placement in a timed stage.
This is a remote backcountry race. Weather in the mountains can be very unpredictable, and snow is never out of the question. Even a small injury or a mechanical can turn deadly serious in a hurry, and it would be irresponsible for us to send you out there without asking that you carry the essentials. Please have your gear ready when you arrive on Thursday, you won’t be able to pick up your number without it!
Personal Gear – required to be carried by each person
- 3L of water
- Spare tube
- Tire pump
- Wind/Rain jacket
- Light insulating layer
Team Gear – at least one per team
- Patch kit
- First Aid Kit
- Spare tire
- Chain link
- Arm warmers
- Leg warmers
- Warm hat
- Cell phone/camera
- Shock pump
FOOD AND CAMPING
We figure you’ve probably got a go-to recipe for a quinoa breakfast bowl or something to prime the pump before you race. The rest is up to us. Along the course you’ll find snacks, water, and a catered lunch, and when you make it back to camp you can count on the beer being cold and the dinner being hot.
We’re happy to offer basecamp style camping as a part of the race. Whether you’re sleeping in a tent, a van, or a trailer, we’ve got a spot for you to make your own. Race village is on the banks of the Clark Fork River and near the restaurants, bars, and fly shops of Thompson Falls.
If you’re interested in staying someplace a little more plush, there are a variety of rental cabins and hotels in Thompson Falls.
Forest Service maintenance budgets are a fraction of what they used to be and keeping trails open is increasingly falling on the people who use them. Some of the trails included in the Iron Daisy Enduro are not maintained every year. Some of them were on the cusp of being unrecoverable when we started working on this project. We’re working closely with the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District and the Lolo National Forest to raise money for trails budgets and focus volunteer maintenance efforts where they’re needed most.
The Iron Daisy Enduro is the latest effort by MTB Missoula to improve relationships between mountain bikers and land managers, and invest in the trail resources that we cherish. We encourage you to join us in Thompson Falls for a work weekend on July 22-23 to help bring these trails back to life.
Registration for the Iron Daisy Enduro is now open!
Your entry fee includes camping on Friday and Saturday night, an on-course lunch, catered dinner, shuttles to and from camp, and a fully supported backcountry racing experience.
$180 per rider until July 15
$200 per rider until August 25
This event is capped at 100 riders.