Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Race

Be on the lookout for Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac!

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If you end up getting Poison Ivy, follow these tips.

We encourage you to come to town and pre-ride the trail, please join the trail FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/210611852037/ for trail conditions and company on your ride.  We have a group ride most Sundays at 2 PM, we start at Berends Landing 501 Wichita Street. 

Cat 2 Mountain Bikers time limit is 3.5 hours for the two loop ride.

Mountain bike loops distance will be 13.1 ish miles

Half Marathon run will be 13.1 ish miles 

Rug Rat Mountain Bike event on Friday- TIME CHANGE – sign up at 5 ride at 5:30.  It’s free to 12 and under, see below for more information.

On Hotter’N Hell Weekend in beautiful Wichita Falls Texas!

Wee-Chi-Tah Mountain Bike Race Friday and 10 K and Half Marathon Trail Runs Sunday Morning.

Free 12 and under kids Rug Rat Mountain Bike event Friday

Packet Pickup and Late Registration (Late Registration for run only)

If you are a Triple Threat athlete, please come to the Dirt PP first.

  • Thursday – MPEC in the Dirt Room 4 to 8 PM – Mountain Bike and Runners
  • Friday –All Mountain Bikers – Ag Barn 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM for Cat 1 & 2 – 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM for Cat 3, Jr, & 3B
  • Friday – Runs only athletes – MPEC in the Dirt Room – 1 PM to 10 PM –
  • Saturday – No Dirt Event PP!
  • Sunday – Ag Barn starting at 6 AM

Start Times – Mountain Bike – Friday

  • Cat 1 starts at 10 AM – Cat 1 and 2 rides 2, 12 mile loops for a total of 24 ish miles.
  • Cat 2 start right after Cat 1
  • Cat 3 starts at 2 PM – Cat 3 and Cat 3b ride 1, 12 mile loop.
  • Junior starts after Cat 3, before Cat 3b
  • Cat 3b starts at 2:30
  • Cat 3, 3b and Junior ride one 12 mile loop.
  • Free Rug Rat event Registration starts at 5, ride at 5:30 – New time as school has already started

Start Time – Trail Runs – Sunday – All distances 7 AM

Trail runs start and finish at the Ag Barn, same location as the Mountain Bike.

We will have pace signs posted in the start shoot, please group up at your intended pace.  Both distances will start together. The 10 K turn will be well marked, if you are wearing noise in your ears and you miss the turn around, you will get ‘bonus’ miles! Please pay attention!  We will announce where the 10 k turn will be the week before the event.

Rug Rat Mountain Bike event on Friday. Free 12 years old and under.  Sign up and Packet Pick up 5 PM, ride at 5:30 at the Ag Barn. New time as school has already started. No preregistration for Rug Rat event.  Helmets required.  Parent or Guardian required to stay on site.  This will be a short, 15 to 20 minute event.  Lots of fun and miles of smiles! All Rug Rats will receive the same awesome finisher medal that the adults get!

Water on Course – Mountain Bike – Neutral Water stop will be just past the start finish line.  If you have personal support this is the only place they are allowed to hand you anything. We will have an unmanned water table on the course as well. We encourage you to carry water and snacks.

Run – Water stops will be about every 2 miles, we encourage you to carry water and snacks.

Course Marking – Keep the ribbons and reflectors on your right, and you’ll be all right! This is a trail!  Please stay out of the Poison Ivy! Remember, if it’s green it will poke you or make you itch!

Awards                        EVERYONE GETS A FINISHER MEDAL for each event! Runners, Mountain Bikers, little kids – Everyone!

Mountain Bike – Cat 1, 2 and 3 – Medals in 10 year age groups in Categories, Male and Female and Overall and Masters (40 +)

Mountain Bike – Cat 3b – no age group awards. We do this to cut down on sandbagging.

Trail Run – Medals in 5 year age groups Male and Female and Overall and Masters (40 +)

Triple Threat Survivors – On Sunday, after the Half Marathon run, you will receive the coveted, the wonderful, I SURVIVED THE TRIPLE THREAT slice of wood!

My goodness!  That’s a lot of awards!  How many can I get in the HHH weekend?

Friday you will receive a finisher medal and maybe an age group medal in the Mountain Bike

Saturday you will receive a finisher medal after the HHH 100 Endurance Ride

Sunday you will receive a finisher medal and maybe an age group medal in the Trail Run

If you have Survived the Triple Threat you will receive an awesome, fabulous I SURVIVED THE TRIPLE THREAT award!

Time Limits, Start Times and Field Limits for 3’s and Juniors.

  • Cat 1 and 2 are combined – Cat 1 starts at 10 AM on Friday, Cat 2 starts right after.

1’s and 2’s ride 2 laps. Each lap is 12 miles. Time limit for Cat 1 is 3 hours for Cat 2 it’s 3.5 hours for both laps. You must complete both laps within the time limit. If you are on the course 3 hours after your start time you will be DQ’ed. If you are a Triple Threat athlete your first lap will count for your TT time. In an effort to keep the playing field level only athletes that ride the 100 mile endurance ride will be in the race for lowest overall combined time.  Pace Group riders are welcome to participate in the TT but they are not eligible to win the lowest combined time award.

  • Cat 3 starts at 2 PM
  • Junior starts after Cat 3, before Cat 3b
  • Cat 3b starts at 2:30
  • Cat 3, 3b and Junior ride one 13 mile loop.
  • Free Rug Rat event sign up at 5, ride at 5:30

Time limit is 2.5 hours for 3, 3b and Junior.  You must be off the course in 2.5 hours! You must complete your lap within the time limit. If you are on the course after 2.5 hours of your start time you will be DQ’ed. In an effort to keep the playing field level only athletes that ride the 100 mile endurance ride will be in the race for lowest overall combined time.  Pace Group riders are welcome to participate in the TT but they are not eligible to win the lowest combined time award.

We have increased the field limit for 3, 3b and junior to 300 each Category

Please carry everything you need to change a flat and know how to change a flat!  Last year we had several athletes that had to push their bikes because of flats.  With the time limits this year, you will be swept off the course!  Please have tubes, tools and know how to use them!

Beware!  Outside Aide is not allowed! From section 5A4 of the USAC Rule Book https://www.usacycling.org/usa-cycling-rule-book.htm … all repairs during an event will be performed by the individual racer. No outside support is permitted. Riders whose bicycles are not functional will be allowed to continue to the finish line, where they may be asked to withdraw from the race by the Chief Referee.… all spare parts and tools shall be carried by the individual racer, to be used only by that racer; cannibalizing other bikes is not permitted. A racer can only use spare parts or tools that he/she started with at the beginning of the race.

Please know how to change a flat!

Packet pick up for Trail Runs and Mountain Bike race Thursday – MPEC  4 to 8 pm. Packet Pickup for Mountain Bikers and TT moves to the J S Bridwell Ag Barn Friday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (see below).   Mountain Bikers if you pick up your packets on Thursday you must check in on Friday to have your leg marked for your Category. Don’t wait until the last minute. This should be done AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to the start of your event.

Packet Pickup on Friday for mountain bikers & TT will end at 9:30 AM for Cat 1 & 2 Riders and at 1:30 PM for Cat 3, 3B & Junior Riders. Juniors will start after the Cat 3 group, before the 3b’s. If we are working with a group that is about to start, we ask that you be patient with us and the other racers.

If you are a Run Only, your PP is still at the MPEC on Friday!

RUNNERS -Packet pick up & late registration: at MPEC, Thu 4 to 8 pm, Fri 1 to 10 pm, (we will not have run only packets at the Ag Barn on Friday) and Sunday at the Ag Barn from 6 to 6:30 am. No registration on Saturday, we want to ride too! Come out bright and early Sunday morning and we’ll take care of you! Late registration allowed for RUN ONLY – not Mountain Bike. 

Good information to know –

Mountain Bike registration will close on 8/23/2015 OR when groups fill; no on-site Mountain Bike registration. Yes, this means you! (Don’t make me use my mother voice!)

Cat 1 and 2 ride two 12 mile laps – Cat 3, 3b and Junior get to ride only one lap.

If you do not have a USACycling license you will be able to buy a One Day license with your Wee-Chi-Tah registration for $10.00.  You can race Cat 2, 3, 3b or Junior with a One Day license.

From https://www.usacycling.org/usa-cycling-rule-book.htm  Chapter One, page 10.

(c) One-day Beginner licenses may be purchased online through the USA Cycling registration system or onsite at any USA Cycling sanctioned event and are valid for a single day of racing. One-day beginner licenses may only be purchased by the lowest category of racer for that discipline; i.e., category 5 men for road, track, and cyclo-cross, category 4 women for road, track and cyclo-cross, and category 2 or 3 for MTB. One-day licenses may not be used for Championship events. No rider may purchase a one-day beginner license if he or she ever held an annual license with a category higher than any of the aforementioned.

5A4. Except as noted in section 5C, all repairs during an event will be performed by the individual racer. No outside support is permitted. Riders whose bicycles are not functional will be allowed to continue to the finish line, where they may be asked to withdraw from the race by the Chief Referee. 5A5. Except as noted in section 5C, all spare parts and tools shall be carried by the individual racer, to be used only by that racer; cannibalizing other bikes is not permitted. A racer can only use spare parts or tools that he/she started with at the beginning of the race. 5A6. The responsibility of keeping on the prescribed course

Q: What Category should I enter in the Mountain Bike race?

Well, that depends!

  • If you are a Category (Cat) 1 you know it.  You race a lot and win a lot. You have a yearly USA Cycling mountain bike license. Cat 1 gets to ride 2, 12 mile loops.
  • Cat 2 – You have two different ways to ride in the Cat 2 group.
    • You have earned you Cat 2 classification by working your way up from Cat  3 and you have a yearly USA Cycling license
    • OR you ride a lot, specifically on the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail and you know you can ride much faster than Cat 3’s.  You buy a one day license but you race only once or so a year. Your results while you hold a one day do not count towards ‘Catting up”
    • Cat 2 gets to ride 2, 12 mile laps.
  • Cat 3 – Yearly license, you are a beginning rider, you are working on becoming a Cat 2 by placing well in your age group in several races a year. Cat 3, 3b and Junior gets to ride only one 12 mile lap.
  • Cat 3 – One Day. You race only once a year and don’t care about accumulating “points” and ‘Catting up’.
  • Cat 3 “first timers” or 3b – Not a real USAC category, you will buy a one day license but you really don’t ride often or well.  You are in the mountain bike race just to complete the Triple Threat or it’s your very first race and the thought of riding on the trail scares you to death. You don’t care about age group awards (3b-First timers don’t get them) ; you just want to live through the event.  The thought of getting a finisher medal for a mountain bike race is total cool.

OK..  So I’m still confused – What group should I enter?

No worries, here is the short version-

You bike good – you’re fast, you have almost no fear – 24 miles on a mountain bike is easy – you are a Cat 2

You bike OK – you crash some, you push some you are not terrified to race, you think if you had to ride 24 miles on a mountain bike in the heat you would die – you are a Cat 3

You have few mountain biking skills.  You fall a lot, you crash into those silly trees that jump out in front of you, the x-ray tech at your clinic knows your first name, you try hard but gezzz this stuff is scary! You don’t care about getting an age group award but getting a finisher medal would be awesome! You are a Cat 3 first timer. (Cat 3b = same thing)

Still confused!  I can ride, I hardly ever crash – I think I need to be in Cat 2 or 3 but this is my first mountain bike race, should I be in the First Time – 3b -group?

No!  Base your Cat on your skills!  If you are Superman or Wonder Woman on a bike you are a Cat 2 or 3!

Great!  Well, I am ‘all that’ I am the best mountain bike rider this trail will ever see!  I’m going to enter Cat 1!

Well, no you’re not! You must earn you Cat 1 by winning many races against super stud bikers. You cannot race Cat 1 on a one day license.  Don’t be sad, we’re saving you major humiliation at the hands of super-fast, super skilled, non-human bikers.  (You’re welcome!) Sign up for Cat 2 and buy a one day license.