Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Race FAQ

Presented by Wichita Falls Streams & Valleys

DUE TO TRAIL ADDITIONS CAT 1 AND SINGLE SPEED RIDE ONLY 2 LAPS – ABOUT 23 MILES – NO ONE RIDES 3 LAPS THIS YEAR!

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

Good places to park to pre ride

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 that are NOT in August, keep the ribbons on your left but be aware of folks riding the other way!)  Wrong Way Wednesday is suspended for the entire month 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.

 

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. 

 

Registration is at 

Wee-Chi-Tah Dirt and Gravel Events

The Gritty, Dirty events on Hotter’N Hell weekend in Wichita Falls, Texas

Presented by Wichita Falls Streams & Valleys

Mountain Bike races and Trail Runs start at J S Bridwell Agricultural Center 111 N Burnett St, Wichita Falls, TX 76306

Gravel events start at Wichita Falls Brewery 701 Indiana Ave, Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Mountain Bike races—all day Friday—Cat 1, 2, 3 (Novice), 3 Hopeful, Junior, Single Speed and Clydesdale 

Gravel Grinds—7:05 PM Saturday – 3 courses—fun for all!

Trail Runs—Sunday 7 AM—Half ish Marathon and 10K ish

Chupacabra – 100 mile Endurance Ride + 100 K ish Gravel

Triple Threat – Mountain Bike race Friday, 100 mile Endurance Ride Saturday and the Half Marathon Trail run Sunday morning!

Quadzilla – The Triple Threat plus 100 K ish – Sasquatch- Gravel

For more information go to https://weechitah.org/ or email Sandy at info@weechitah.org

To register go to https://www.bikereg.com/48595

Mountain Bike Race – All starts are by Cat and age group, your start time will be on your bib.  All mountain bikers MUST have at least a One Day USAC license.  Report to start area at least 30 minutes before your start time to have body marking and find your start group

Course is well marked and about 12 miles long.  We like to call it flowy with punchy climbs.  We have many wood bridges and elevated structures.

Cat 1 (super-fast) rides 2 laps, Cat 1 start at 10 AM, Cat 2 start right after.

Female Cat 1 get to ride only 2 laps

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

What Cat should I ride in?????

Cat 2 (you ride a lot but the Cat 1 folks zip by you) rides 2 laps, start after the Cat 1 group that starts at 10 — Single Speed rides with the 2’s

Cat 3 – now Novice (you just love riding your bike and do ok but never are in danger of setting any land speed records) rides 1 lap, Cat 3 start at 8 AM, Cat 3 Hopeful start right after Clydesdales start with the Cat 3/Novice groups

Cat 3 Hopeful (we totally made this one up!)  If you are terrified to ride a MB race – this is for you!   Rides 1 lap Cat 3 Hopeful start right after Cat 3 HOPEFULLS DO NOT GET AGE GROUP AWARDS! YOU’RE NOT HERE TO RACE, JUST TO HAVE A GOOD TIME!

Juniors will start with your Cat

Are you terrified of Highway to Heaven? 

Once again we are leaving the “go around” open!  It’s longer but stays ON THE GROUND!

Gravel

Saturday evening – starts at 7:05 PM at the Wichita Falls Brewery, 701 Indiana Ave, Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Everyone must have lights front and back – real ones, not those silly ones. And of course, helmets. It’s also a great idea to have back up batteries and to have ridden at night a few times to make sure you can see with your lights! 

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.

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. 

SUNDAY Trail Runs

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

Are you terrified of Highway to Heaven? 

Once again we are leaving the “go around” open!  It’s longer but stays ON THE GROUND!

What has changed for 2021?

Added open Single Speed category to the Mountain Bike race. They will start together, open category –we will award 1, 2, and 3.  Single Speed will start with the Cat 2 groups and ride two laps. If any women enter before I order the awards, I’ll get a set for the women!

Added an open Clydesdale Category to the Mountain Bike race– They will start together, we will award 1, 2, and 3.  Clydesdale starts at 220 LB – honor system. If any women enter before I order the awards, I’ll get a set for the women! Woman weight starts at 160 – honor system. Clydesdale will start with the Cat 2 groups and ride two laps.

Chupacabra is now 100 MILE Endurance ride and 100K Gravel ride

Changed the name of the 100 K ish GG to the Sasquatch

Juniors – start with their Category – racing age 9 to Under 18.   USAC has added a FREE Junior License, a parent just needs to go online to https://membership.usacycling.org/ to sign up! Please sign up before the event!

Juniors age 9 to 18 pay half price for the Mountain Bike race!   

USAC changes –

USAC has changed Cat 3 to Novice

USAC now has a One Day for those that were a Cat 1 but do not hold a yearly license – for $25 you can get a One Day Cat 1 license.

Remember – EVERYONE has to have at least a One Day USAC license.  Either buy one when you sign up, or stand in line at packet pick up. (You don’t need one for the Virtual mountain bike – that’s all on your own)

Are you a “Bling” hound?  Love finisher awards?  How about age group awards?  This is your weekend!  Here is what you can snag;

Friday Mountain Bike race—finisher award and maybe an age group award.

Saturday, the marquee event, Hotter’N Hell Hundred – the largest one day, 100 mile endurance ride in the country, maybe the world!  Ride with 10,000 to 14,000 of your new, best friends. Choose from 6 distance routes!  Everyone gets a finisher medal.

Saturday night—the Gravel Grinds—to combat the Hotter’N Hell heat this ride starts at 7:05 PM!  Ride past farms, orchards and oil wells in the summer night! Three distances to choose from.  Finisher patch to all that can beat the 2 AM cut off!

Sunday morning—a Half Marathon ish or 10k ish Trail Run—finisher and maybe an age group award! 

You want more? 

Do the Triple ThreatMountain bike race + 100 mile Endurance Ride + Half Marathon ish trail run. Get all the finisher awards for each event PLUS a SLAB OF WOOD with I Survived the Triple Threat.  The Fastest male and female in the Triple Threat will receive a CLOCK made from one of the awesome slabs of wood!  (First lap of MB count for TT time, you must finish the MB race for your time to count)

How about the Chupacabra100 mile Endurance ride Saturday morning + 100 K Gravel Grind Saturday evening. Get the finish award for the Endurance ride and the Chupacabra patch!

Does the Quadzilla sound like fun?  It’s the Triple Threat + the 100 K ish Sasquatch Gravel! You will get all the Triple Threat bling + a Quadzilla patch

Rug Rats FREE- 12 and under – must have a helmet – parent or guardian must fill out waivers and stay on site during event. Event starts at 5:30 Friday evening – registration from 4 to 5 at the J S Bridwell Agricultural Center 111 N Burnett St, Wichita Falls, TX 76306. No early reg.

Running along with your small person is a great idea but not required.  Any kind of bike; training wheels and balance bikes welcome.  Laps of about 1.5 miles – you choose if your little person rides one or two laps.  This is a super fun – everyone is happy event.  Finisher awards for all.  No age group awards. 

Definitions

Chupacabra – 100 mile Endurance ride Saturday morning + 100 K Gravel Grind (Sasquatch) Saturday evening

Triple Threat – Friday Mountain Bike Race (any cat) + 100 mile Endurance Ride on Saturday + Half Marathon Trail Run Sunday morning.

Quadzilla – The Triple Threat + the 100 K Gravel Grind! 

Grewbie – about 24 mile Gravel Grind. 

Party Loop – about 43 mile Gravel Grind

Sasquatch – about 67 mile Gravel Grind.

Gravel Maps are here –

Grewibe

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35604913

Party Loop

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35604886

Sasquatch

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35604708

Enter here –

PACKET PICKUP

  • 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

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

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.