August 15th - August 16th, 2015
This year we are proud to announce the fifth 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. Like in years past, 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
Just like in years past, in addition to the mountain bike race, we will also feature a full and half trail marathon as well. 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 MTB 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 or Beall Trail. Full Course Map below.
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 14th
12:00pm -7pm - Packet Pick Up for mtb race and run open at BAP! (735 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477)
Course open for pre-riding and inspection from 8am-8pm (Howelson Hill)
Saturday, August 15th
NO PACKET PICK UP FOR MTB RACE
7:45 am – MANDATORY Racer Meeting at Base of Howelson Hill/Below Ski Jumps – 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
2pm – Awards
2pm - 6pm – Packet Pick Up for Running Races
Sunday, August 16th
NO PACKET PICK UP FOR RUNNING RACE
7:15am – Mandatory Racer Meeting at Base of Howelson Hill – Start/Finish Line
7:30am – First wave start - Marathon
7:40am – Second wave start – Half Marathon
2pm – Awards
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 Howelson 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.
For 2015 we will offer a tiered refund policy. Prior 60 days out from the event ( June 16th) you will be reimbursed your full entry. Beyond June 16th, you will receive 75% off your entry. Any refunds issued after July 16th, 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 31st. 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 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 lap each.
Trail Running Race:
• Full Trail Marathon Distance 26.2, one full lap.
• Half Trail Marathon Distance 13.1, one short lap.
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+
• Duo Male
• Duo Female
• Due Co-ed
• 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
Registration Bundling Prices:
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)
This year’s field limit is the same as last year, 500 Mountain Bikers, 400 runners. This race fills up quickly 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. All racers must have a valid USAC license or purchase a One Day License (additional $10).
ANY MORE QUESTIONS?
Shoot us an email at SteamboatStinger@HoneyStinger.com
Also be sure to follow us on twitter @sbsstinger
2014 STEAMBOAT STINGER RESULTS: