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.
Friday, September 8 Event Time Location Camping Check In Noon-7:30pm Thompson Falls State Park Racer Check In 6-9pm Big Eddy’s Mandatory Racer Meeting 8pm Big Eddy’s Load Bikes for First Shuttle 9-10pm Thompson Falls State Park Saturday, September 9 Event Time Location First Shuttle Departs 7am Thompson Falls State Park Second Shuttle Departs 9:30am Thompson Falls State Park Time Cutoff 1 2:30pm TBA Time Cutoff 2 6:30pm TBA Happy Hour(s) 5-8pm Shuttle Pickup, Thompson Falls State Park Dinner, Awards 8pm Thompson Falls State Park
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.
In order to ensure participant safety, we ask that individuals and teams carry certain equipment.
- Helmet – Full face not required
- Pack (backpack, framebag, etc. – capable of carrying all required gear)
- 2L water capacity
- Spare tube
- Patch kit
- Wind/Rain jacket
- Tire pump
- First Aid Kit
- Tire boot
- Chain Tool, spare link
Food and camping is on us. Please join us Friday and Saturday night at the Thompson Falls State Park. We’ve got the place to ourselves, and we’re looking forward to soaking it all in on the banks of the Clark Fork River. Lunch on Saturday is provided by our friends at Burns St. Bistro, and dinner Saturday evening is from the local smokehouse at the Highlead Saloon.