Mountain Bike Race - Saturday, August 13, 2016
Marathon & Half Marathon - Sunday, August 14, 2016
In 2016 we are proud to announce the sixth annual, Steamboat Stinger. The Steamboat Stinger, now a Colorado classic, aims to provide a challenging backcountry race experience showcasing some of Steamboat Springs' finest singletrack. The Steamboat Stinger is also a fundraiser for Partners in Routt County (Local Youth Mentoring Group) and Routt County Riders (Local IMBA Chapter).
Steamboat Stinger Donation to Partners in Routt County
Steamboat Stinger Donation to Routt County Riders
In addition to the mountain bike race, we will also feature a full and half trail marathon. These two events can be separate, or if you wish to take the ultimate challenge, you can particiapte in both events - the 50 mile solo mountain bike race, and then the 26.2 trail marathing the next day - to be crowned King Sting or Queen Bee of the Steamboat Stinger.
These events are true to Steamboat Springs' tradition: epic fun with an added bit of western flair. Giddy up!
Steamboat Stinger is a zero waste event!
THE MOUNTAIN BIKE COURSE:
You can expect singletrack…lots of it. Beginning at the Howelson Hill Ski Area right in the heart of Steamboat, the course takes an extended detour deep into the beautiful backcountry of Routt County before returning to the transition/finish area. Racers will wind through open meadows, deeply-cupped, aspen-lined, narrow Colorado loam and wild sage gardens offering incredible views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. It's a 50-mile race, plus or minus a bit, composed of two 25-mile loops - 100% of which are on dirt featuring 90% singletrack.
THE TRAIL MARATHON COURSE:
The course for the Full Trail Marathon will be exactly the same as the Mountain Bike Course which is posted very close to the 26.2 distance.
The Half Marathon trail will not include Ridge Trail, Cow Creek or Beall Trail.
All roads and trails will be open to the public on race day so please be mindful of other trail users. Trail litter will not be tolerated so Packet In. Packet Out.™
START TIME & SCHEDULE:
**Schedule still subject to change, stay posted for updates
Friday, August 12 - Packet Pick Up
12:00 pm -7:00 pm - Packet Pick Up for mtb race and run open at BAP!
(The Little Red House on 735 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477)
Course open for pre-riding and inspection from 8am-8pm (Howelsen Hill)
Saturday, August 13 - Mountain Bike Race
**No packet pick up for Mountain Bike Race
7:45 am – Mandatory Racer Meeting at Base of Howelsen Hill – Start/Finish Line
8:00 am – Pro/Open Men start
8:10 am – Pro/Open Women, All Duo Categories and Single Speed Start
8:20 am – Citizen Men, Citizen Woman, Clydesdale Start
12:20 pm – Second Lap Cut Off Time
2:00 pm – Awards
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Packet Pick Up for Running Races
Sunday, August 16 - Marathon & Half Marathon
**No packet pick up for running race
7:15 am – Mandatory Racer Meeting at Base of Howelsen Hill – Start/Finish Line
7:30 am – First wave start - Marathon
7:40 am – Second wave start – Half Marathon
12:00 pm – Marathon Cut Off Time at Half Marathon Turn Around
1:00 pm – Awards
2:00 pm – Marathon Cut Off Time
We may alter the race course slightly at any time up until race day but we promise it will still be a hard day in the saddle or on foot! A rain cancellation is possible as well as the City of Steamboat Springs has final say on race day conditions. Slick mud on Howelsen Hill is not good for riding or for trail health.
Earthquake, rain, plague, locusts, hellfire, etc policy: sometimes there are just things beyond mortal control, Depending upon our options at the time we reserve the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule the event. Nobody is going to be stoked about a cancellation, least of all us, but we'll make the decision on-site with all of the information.
We offer a tiered refund policy. 60 days prior to the event you will be reimbursed your full entry. Beyond June 14, you will receive 75% off your entry. Any refunds issued after July 14, you will only receive 50% of your entry. So please keep these dates in mind and plan accordingly.
Also, please remember that Registration closes July 31. So this means no changes, refunds or transfers.
TRANSFER & WAITLIST POLICY:
This year, we are using a waitlist policy, so if you no longer are able to race, you will be given a refund and then we will pick from the waitlist to fill your vacant spot.
This also means the following requests will not be accomodated:
• Transferring from Solo to Duo or vice versa.
• Transferring from Running Race to Mountain Bike Race or vice versa
Mountain Bike - Due to the constraints of our permit, we will have a cut off time of 12:20 pm at the Start/Finish for riders leaving on their second lap.
Trail Marathon - We will have a 12:00 pm cut off time at the top of the Half Marathon course acting as the cut off point for Marathon runners.
Mountain Bike Race:
• Solo categories will ride two 25-mile loops.
• Duo categories (teams of two) will ride one 25-mile loop each.
Trail Running Race:
• Full Trail Marathon Distance 26.2, one full loop.
• Half Trail Marathon Distance 13.1, one short loop.
Mountain Bike Race Solo:
• Solo Pro/Open Men
• Solo Citizen Men
• Solo Pro/Open Female
• Solo Female Citizen
• Solo Male Singlespeed
• Solo Female Singlespeed
• Clydesdale – 200lbs+
Mountain Bike Race Duo:
• Duo Male
• Duo Female
• Due Co-ed
Trail Running Race:
• Full Trail Marathon Male
• Full Trail Marathon Female
• Half Trail Marathon Male
• Half Trail Marathon Female
• King Sting (50 Mile Solo MTB, Full Trail Marathon)
• Queen Bee (50 Mile Solo MTB, Full Trail Marathon)
Pro/Open - If you hold a Pro or Cat 1 license, this is the class for you.
Citizen - Looking to have fun, or not much of racer. Remember, sandbagging sucks.
Cyldesdale - If you're 200lbs or over, this is your class.
Mountain Bike Race:
• Solo categories: $90
• Duo Categories: $160
Trail Running Race:
• Full Marathon: $60
• Half Marathon: $45
If you sign up for the MTB races, but also want to add the run, you'll get $10 off.
Does not apply to King Sting of Queen Bee.
The race is limited to 500 Mountain Bikers and 400 runners. This event will sell out so please plan ahead!
The Steamboat Stinger is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to your safety and health. Race day event medical services will be provided by Event Medical Solutions Unlimited (EMS Unlimited). Mobile rapid response event paramedics and EMT's will be strategically placed, ready at a moment's notice, to provide life-saving emergency treatment even in the most remote corners of the course. Two medical aid tents provided by EMS Unlimited, equipped with everything from IV's and EKG machines to ice packs and wound irrigation fluids will be available to race participants and spectators alike. EMS Unlimited is Colorado's premier provider of event medical services that specializes in destination/mountain communities and remote access events, visit them at www.ems-unlimited.com for more information.
Sanctioning for the Mountain Bike race will be provided by USA Cycling. Competitive Permit #2014-2144. A One Day License payment of $10 is included in your mountain biking race registration fees.
ANY MORE QUESTIONS?
Shoot us an email at SteamboatStinger@HoneyStinger.com
2014 STEAMBOAT STINGER RESULTS: