Wee-Chi-Tah Trail FAQ

Presented by Wichita Falls Streams & Valleys

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. 

Want text updates on the trail?  Text intheknow to 84483

For entry and information on Hotter’N Hell weekend, go to hh100.org 

Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Races

Hotter’N Hell weekend

NEW for 2019

New Start times!  Get done before it gets REALLY HOT! 

Cat 3 start at 8 AM, Juniors start right after and then Cat 3 Hopeful start

Cat 1 start at 10 AM, Cat 2 start right after.

Cat 1 ride 3 laps

Cat 2 ride 2 laps

Cat 3 and Hopefuls and Juniors ride one lap

Female Cat 1 get to ride only 2 laps

Male Cat 1 over 60 also get to ride only 2 laps

Both the runs on Sunday will start in the meadow just like a Cross Country race start!  Exciting!!!  The Half will start at 7 AM and the 10 K will start at 15 of so after 7

Are you terrified of Highway to Heaven? 

For the FIRST TIME EVER we are leaving the “go around” open!  It’s longer but stays ON THE GROUND!  

For entry and information on Hotter’N Hell weekend, go to hh100.org 

Want text updates on the trail?  Text intheknow to 84483

 

Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Races

Presented by Wichita Falls Streams & Valleys

Hotter’N Hell weekend

NEW for 2019

Are you terrified of Highway to Heaven? 

For the FIRST TIME EVER we are leaving the “go around” open!  It’s longer but stays ON THE GROUND!  

New Start times!  Get done before it gets REALLY HOT! 

Cat 3 start at 8 AM, Juniors start right after and then Cat 3 Hopeful start

Cat 1 start at 10 AM, Cat 2 start right after.

Cat 1 ride 3 laps

Cat 2 ride 2 laps

Cat 3, Hopefuls and Juniors ride one lap

Female Cat 1 get to ride only 2 laps

Male Cat 1 over 60 also get to ride only 2 laps

Both the runs on Sunday will start in the meadow just like a Cross Country race start!  Exciting!!!  The Half will start at 7 AM and the 10 K will start at 15 or so after 7.

Mountain bike laps are 11.2 ish miles each

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, no early sign up, just show up!

Wee-Chi-Tah Mountain Bike Race Friday

10 K and Half Marathon Trail Runs Sunday Morning.

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

Packet Pickup and Late Registration

(Please make our lives and yours easier by signing up on line before it closes Aug 18, saves money too!)            https://www.bikereg.com/hotternhell101

  • Thursday – MPEC in the Dirt Room 4 to 8 PM – Mountain Bike and Runners
  • Friday –All Mountain Bikers – Ag Barn opens at 7:00 AM
    • Cat 3, 3 Hopeful and Junior Packet Pick up/Late Reg 7:00 – 7:30 AM Friday
    • Cat 1 and 2 Packet Pick up and Late Reg 8:30 to 9:15
  • 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 AMCat 1 rides three 11.2-mile loops.  Time limit is 3.5 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 8 AM 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 after the Juniors – Cat 3 Hopeful ride one 11.2-mile loop. – Time limit is 2.5 hours. (no age group awards for Hopeful)

For multiple lap mountain bikers the time for your first lap will count towards your Triple Threat time.  You MUST finish your race within the time limit.

  • 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 and encouraged to run with your Rug Rat.  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!

Sunday Trail Runs – 10 K and 1/2 Marathon

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.

Trail runs will start under the pedestrian bridge in the meadow between the MPEC and the Ag Barn.  The Half Marathon will start first at 7 AM ish, the 10 K will start about 15 minutes after the half.   

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! 

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.

Mountain Bike – 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 on the course, you will be swept off the course!  Please have tubes, tools and know how to use them!

Course Marking – We have installed trail marking signs just like the Texas State Parks system, Please run and ride towards the picture of the mountain bike on the sign, not the runners!

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!

To complete the Triple Threat you must complete the Mountain Bike race, the 100 mile Endurance ride and run the  half marathon,  you must have a valid time in all three events and complete all three events to receive a I survived the Triple Threat award!  Your first lap on the MB counts as your TT time, but you MUST complete your race, you must start behind the start line in the endurance ride and have a complete 100 mile time and you must complete the entire half marathon to become a Triple Threat athlete!   Cheaters are bad!  Sandy does not like cheaters and short cutters!!!  Do not make me use my mother voice!  

Mountain bikers – 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!

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 – 2 laps of 11.2 ish  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.

 

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

 

 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

 

Updated 2019