Main loop: about 4.2 miles. Shakeout loop 0.8 miles.
Shakeout loop. Doubletrack (sort of); pass on the grass or on the
opposite line. 0.4 miles out and 0.4 back, then uphill to start the main
loop. Equal amounts of uphill and downhill. Get position early!
Note 2015: Sherwood Hills Resort closed for a
time then re-opened as a drug rehab facility. No races have been held here
recently. The status of the trails is unknown.
|On the main loop, most of the riding is twisting turns in
the trees. The good news is the trail is fairly broad here. It's pretty
easy for another rider to move a bit off-trail to pass in the trees.
Watch the shoulder on the downhill turns. There are several turns on
the outgoing side of the loop that have a loose "berm" on the
downhill side -- if you hit this loose stuff, you'll be lucky if you can
recover and keep going. If you see tire-ruts on the side of a turn, slow
down quickly and move to an INSIDE line.
There are sections of straight and fast, but it's hard to
pass here because the trail is narrow, the trailside is bumpy, and your
opponent will be covering a lot of ground quickly. This is the high-speed
downhill after climbing up the steep spot at the start of the main loop.
In early June, trailside foliage can be ridden over. By July, it's a
jungle and you WON'T pass in the meadows -- especially NOT when the trail
is pointing downhill.
|The first 0.8 mile is the shakeout loop, which you'll do
only once. This is a grassy doubletrack. It would be good to work your way
near the front of the pack in this section. As the shake out loop ends,
the trail turns sharply and steeply uphill for about 100 yards. (You'll
pass the finish-line turn and the lap-return on the way up. Keep left
uphill.) After the top, the trail turns down and is very fast. Run like
the wind, but be on the lookout for the two sharp (especially the second)
left turns into the trees.
After winding through a long set of trees, you'll go across an open
meadow that first falls, and then climbs up the other side. The trail
through there is very narrow so if you pass (and or are getting passed)
try and stay on the trail as much as possible. As soon as you get off the
trail, your speed and momentum are eaten QUICKLY...
After you get to the top of the hill, you have to go through more trees
with a winding trail. The advantage here is that the trail is mostly
downhill and the turns aren't as sharp. Try pushing it through here. There
will be uphills and downhills. When you suddenly turn back southward and
downhill, you're near the end. Avoid being behind somebody slow here. As
you exit that set of trees (about 3.75 miles in) you'll cross a huge
meadow (mostly fast downhill) on narrow singletrack, then plunge into the
trees for twisty technical stuff for another 1/2 mile.
When you come out onto a doubletrack in the meadow, run like the wind.
But be aware at the bottom, it makes a sharp right. After the right turn,
the trail climbs slowly back up to where it loops. On raceday, you can
usually find a lane to pass on this long climb. If you've got leg left,
it's a good place to crank out some speed. There's one place where the
trail turns right up a paved service road for about 100 feet.
Map for printing
GPS track files: (note: mps and gpx files
can be imported into Google Earth)
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