Wee-Chi-Tah Trail

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

poison

poison-ivy

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Want text updates on the trail?  Text intheknow to 84483

Join our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/210611852037/

Just keep the ribbons on your right and you’ll be alright! 

Want text updates on the trail?  Text intheknow to 84483

 

Good places to park –

On the far right of the trail at 105 Wichita Street at the Wee-Chi-Tah Statue

In the middle of the trail at the Texas Info Center just off I-44

The trail is a loop – one way – except on Wednesday then it’s WRONG WAY WEDNESDAY!  (On Wednesday, keep the ribbons on your left but be aware of folks riding the other way!)  Wrong Way Wednesday is suspended for all of August. 

When you get to the RV Park, keep going north across the park and you will see the trail entrance.

Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Map

All Dirt Events start at and finish at the J.S. Bridwell Ag Center, 111 North Burnett Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76306.  It’s on the North side of the Wichita River from the Multi-Purpose Event Center – Headquarters for the Hotter’N Hell Hundred.

Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Races

Hotter’N Hell weekend 

Mountain bike loops distance will be 11.2 ish miles

Half Marathon run will be 13.1 ish miles 

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

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 

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, we are either riding or helping with the HHH!
  • Sunday – Ag Barn starting at 6 AM

Start Times – Mountain Bike – Friday

  • Cat 1 starts at 10 AM – Cat 1 rides three 11.2 mile loops.  Time limit is 3 hours
  • Cat 2 start right after Cat 1 Cat 2 rides two 11.2 mile loops. Time limit is 3 hours
  • Cat 3 starts at 2 PM ish  – Cat 3 ride one 11.2 mile loop. Time limit is 2.5 hours.
  • Junior starts after Cat 3, before Cat 3 Hopeful – Time limit is 2.5 hours.
  • Cat 3 Hopeful 2:30-3:00 ish – Cat 3 Hopeful ride one 11.2 mile loop. – Time limit is 2.5 hours. (no age group awards for Hopeful)
  • Free Rug Rat event Registration starts at 5, ride at 5:30 

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.  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!

Trail Runs – 10 K and 1/2 Marathon – Sunday – All distances start at 7 AM

Trail runs start and finish at the Ag Barn, same location as the Mountain Bike, same trail.  Runners get to run the neat “race only” part on private land.

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.

 

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, all categories 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 3 Hopeful– no age group awards (you will receive a finisher medal). We do this to cut down on sandbagging.

Trail Run – 10 K and Half Marathon– 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! Hand made – sanded and branded – by the Trail Crew! 

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!


 

 

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 for the 10 K and Half Marathon run starts at 6 AM Sunday

Good information to know –

Mountain Bike registration will close on near Midnight 8/20/2017 OR when groups fill; on-site Mountain Bike registration MAY be accepted with an additional fee. 

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, 3 Hopefull 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 3, 11.2 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, 11.2 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, 3 Hopeful and Junior gets to ride only one 11.2 mile lap.
  • Cat 3 – One Day. You race only once a year and don’t care about accumulating “points” and ‘Catting up’.
  • Cat 3 Hopeful – 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 (3 Hopefuls 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 totaly 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 – 22.4 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 22.4 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 Hopeful.

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 3 Hopeful group?  (don’t forget, Hopefuls do NOT get age group awards)

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.