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. 

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

or enter here – 

Dirt events on Hotter’N Hell weekend –

Mountain Bike Race – start at 8 AM HHH Friday

Gravle Rides – start at 7:05 PM HHH Saturday

Trail Runs – start at 7 AM HHH Sunday

Information on each event below

Hello to all 2021 HH100 Mountain Bike racers:

First off, I want to say how great it will be to see everyone back for the 40th Anniversary of HH100. I want to address several course changes for the 2021 Friday mountain bike races and some new USA Cycling rules for 2021.

So, let’s start with the changes in course distances that mountain bikers will race on the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail in 2021:

The Novice and Hopeful Categories (previously our Cat 3 and Cat 3 Hopeful, respectively) will race 1 lap of the Trail, or 11.5-ish miles. Our new Clydesdale category (220 pounds and above – see info below on the Clydesdale Cat) will also race that same distance.

Cat 2 racers and the new Single Speed Cat will do 1 ½ laps (or 17.5-ish miles) of the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail. The first lap is one full lap of the Trail, but the second will bypass Camp Fillers. NEW DISTANCE

The Cat 1/Pro’s will race 2 full laps of the Trail, or approximately 24-ish miles. NEW DISTANCE

These lap changes for the mountain bike races are a result of us falling in line with USA Cycling’s recommended time(s) on the course (by Racing Category) with other mountain bike races in the country. Novice (and Novice Hopeful) races are 1 to 1 ½ hrs; Cat 2 is 1 ½ to 2 hrs; and Cat 1/Pro: are approximately 2 hrs or so.

The other reason for shortening our overall distances for each Cat beginning this year is for our multi-event challenges that feature a mountain biking component; they are the Triple Threat and Quadzilla. We want cyclists to be able to aggressively compete in either challenge without blowing themselves up in the mountain bike race.

  • Our 2021 Mountain Bike start times will stay the same as in 2019.  
  • Our Novice and Clydesdale cyclists will start at 8 a.m. Friday in order to Beat the Heat.
  • Our Novice Hopefuls start after all of the Novices and Clydesdales have started.
  • Cat 1’s will start at 10 a.m. and race two laps. NEW DISTANCE
  • Finally, after the Cat 1’s have left the start line, the Cat 2’s, the Single Speed, the Cat 1 women and the Cat 1 men (60+) will start and ride their 1.5 laps (17.5-ish miles.) NEW DISTANCE
  • Juniors start with the Cat their license says they are.
  • Our 2021 Mountain Bike start times will stay the same as in 2019.  
  • Our Novice and Clydesdale cyclists will start at 8 a.m. Friday in order to Beat the Heat.
  • Our Novice Hopefuls start after all of the Novices and Clydesdales have started.
  • Cat 1’s will start at 10 a.m. and race two laps.
  • Finally, after the Cat 1’s have left the start line, the Cat 2’s, the Single Speed, the Cat 1 women and the Cat 1 men (60+) will start and ride their 1.5 laps (17.5-ish miles.) NEW DISTANCE
  • Juniors start with the Cat their license says they are.

FYI:  The following is TRUE for all Mountain Bike races and racers

  • All mountain bike starts are by category and age group.
  • All mountain bikers MUST have at least a One Day USAC license.  
  • All mountain bikers must report to start area at least 30 minutes before their start time to have their legs marked, and give them the time to locate their start group (and start on time).

The following rules are new USA Cycling rules:

If you choose to race Cat 1, but you are not actually a Cat 1, you are now allowed by USA Cycling to purchase a one-day Cat 1 license – but only one time a year – and the cost is $25. Normal one-day licenses are $10. That is not a new HHH rule, but a new USA Cycling rule.

Cat 3 is now officially called Novice. We now have both Novice and Novice Hopeful categories (previously Cat 3 and Cat 3 Hopeful, respectively).

Juniors: Your parents can apply for a free annual license for Juniors (ages 9 to 18) through the USA Cycling website.

We will offer two new Categories this year: The first is the Clydesdale: 220 lbs and above. You DO NOT HAVE to race as a Clydesdale, if you happen to qualify for those weight requirements: It’s entirely your option. Also, to avoid embarrassing arguments about weight, Clydesdales are on their honor to register with their honest-to- goodness weight. Clydesdales start at 8 a.m. Friday – along with the Novice Category – and race one lap.

The second new Cat is Single Speed:  The Single Speed Cat is a new Category, and they ride single speed mountain bikes, racing 1.5 laps (17.5-ish miles) along with the Cat 2 mountain bikers.  

That’s it for now. We’ll update you with any further changes. Please let us know -message Jimmy at wfff74@yahoo.com or Sandy at info@weechitah.org if you have any questions.

                                                                  See you on the dirt,

                                                                  Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Crew

Trail Runs – 10 K ish and Half ish Marathon

Start at 7 AM – it’s a trail so distance is as close as we can get it. The start is in the field by the Wichita River in-between the MPEC (1000 5th St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301) and the AG BARN (111 N Burnett St, Wichita Falls, TX 76306). Sunday morning park at the AG BARN.

Packet Pickup is at MPEC on Thursday for everyone – if you are a “Run Only” person you can still get your packet at MPEC on Friday – if you are mountain biking as well as running Packet Pick up moves to the AG BARN for Friday. We DO NOT HAVE PACKET PICK UP ON SATURDAY! We are helping with the HHH or riding!

We will have several rest stops with water, some sort of electrolyte replacement drink, and snacks — but you may not like anything we offer so I encourage you to carry your own!

STAY ON THE TRAIL! We always have a lovely crop of poison ivy!!

Questions? Email me at info@weechitah.org or call the office 940-322-3223

Gravel Rides

Gravel Grind start time is 7:05 PM HHH Saturday in Beautiful Downtown Wichita Falls at or near the Wichita Falls Brewery – 701 Indiana Ave, Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Three distances – 25 ish miles, 43 ish miles and 100 K ish

All bikes must have a front and rear light – a real one, not the silly little ones!

We will have reflective signs marking the course – BUT – you MUST have the map from RIDEWITHGPS downloaded will you get lost without it?? Most likely! We are very lightly marking the turns, but come on.. it’s the country, things happen, signs get stolen by kids, cows and Chupacabras!

The friendly folks from Garmin will be on hand to help you load the maps on your device.

Maps are here –

Grewibe

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35604913

Party Loop

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35604886

Sasquatch

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35604708

This is an unsupported ride! You must carry all you need for drinking, eating, changing a flat and any thing else you may need! (OK, we MAY have a few rest stops, but.. come on.. it’s a Gravel ride, Y’all are tough, self sufficient and capable!)

We will have some check points that you will need to have your bib number recorded by the volunteer. We don’t want to leave anyone on the course!

NEW THIS YEAR!! ONLY THE 100 MILE ENDURANCE RIDE COUNTS FOR A CHUPACABRA!

If you ride the Hotter’N Hell 100 MILE endurance ride, AND the Gravel Grind 100 K – you will be a Chupacabra! We will have a very cool award for the first overall female and male for the Chupacabra! All finishers get an awesome patch!

Want more? Are you doing the Triple Threat? Why not add in the 100K Gravel and be a QUADZILLA — That’s right, 4 events in 3 days – Do you feel lucky??

After the event we will have food and beverages. Your bib number will have pull tags for free beer or soda and food, you can buy more it you want.

Grewbie – about 24 miles.  Riders must be at least 16 years old.  Exceptions may be granted by the Race Director BEFORE the event. 

Party Loop – about 43 miles. Riders must be at least 18 years old.  Exceptions may be granted by the Race Director BEFORE the event. 

Sasquatch – about 67 miles. Riders must be at least 16 years old.  Exceptions may be granted by the Race Director BEFORE the event. 

Please email David, the GG RD at dcoleman1634@gmail.com to request an exemption or ask any questions you may have. All gravel riders under 18 will also require a signed waiver from a parent or legal guardian to ride any of three routes.

After all – it’s going to get dark and the hogs, coyotes, Chupacabras and Sasquatch will be out!