Remember when bike racing was fun?
When it really didn't matter who won the race, just so long as you got to crush the hopes and dreams of your buddies and rub their faces in it? We do!
And we’re bringing it back.
How about when racing was affordable? Do you remember THOSE DAYS?! Yeah, it's been awhile, but we remember that also. And because we do remember, we really miss it! It was after a night reminiscing about the good ol’ days of racing that an idea was born. Why not host a chainless race and do it at Chuckanut? It’s got elevation. It’s got challenging terrain, and it’s got lots and lots of turns. It’s kinda perfect!
OK. OK. So, you might be wondering, what the hell is a chainless race? A chainless race is a mountain bike race where all riders remove the chain from their bikes before starting their run and do it - you guessed it - without a chain. No pedaling, just gravity and judicious use of brake to keep you rolling.
Sound like fun to you? Good. Sign up below and mark the date on your calendar. You still have a few months to practice!
Race Day - Saturday, October 19, 2019.
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Just a bit more information…
The Chuckanut Chainless is devided up into 4 categories with options for men and women. The first is “Don’t Know About This”. If you’re uncertain about racing at Chuckanut OR you’re uncertain about racing in general, this is the category for you. Though Chuckanut doesn’t really have anything that could truly be considered beginner trail, this would be the option if you’re uncertain and don’t know where to start. Racers in this category will race Double Black Diamond Trail. Don’t worry, it’s really not “Black Diamond” hard, but it is narrow and requires some measure of precision. You can expect fast turns, a bit of tech and a multitude of opportunities to pump trail to carry your speed. At it’s core, DB is super flowey and really, really fast if you want it to be.
Next up is “Faster Than You, Bro”. Wether you’re a guy or a gal, you still have an option to be “Faster Than You, Bro”, or at least faster than anyone else in your category. This category could be considered an intermediate category on advanced trails. Rider’s in this category will race down Double Black AND Double Down. Double Black is fast and flowey with a bit of tech, but once you get down to Double Down SHIT GETS REAL. On Double Down, you’ll find rock rolls of at least 2 to 4 feet that are mandatory, committed drops of 5 feet or more and some sidehill exposure that will definitely make you pucker, if you’re not used to that sort of thing.
After that we have, “Ludicris Speed.” Ludicris speed will be raced on Double Black AND Double Down, just Like “Faster Than You, Bro”, only at a much higher speeds. Riders in this category will be the type that even when they do go slow, they’re going to be moving fast - fully pinned, top to bottom, as fast as they can go, no need for a reason why - just cuz they gotta. ’Nuff said.
Last up is Caped Crusader. Caped Crusader is all about fun and nothing but the fun. Riders in this category are required to wear a costume. It can be a superhero costume or really anything you like. Just be sure that it’s pretty obvious what you’re going for. If you have to explain it, then you’re missing the point. Riders will be scored based on the speed of their run AND the novelty of their costume. You will of course be timed, but riders will get bonuses based on the quality and novelty of your costume. Have a really rad costume? You’ll be scored on it (on a scale from 1 to 5) and given the opportunity to roll a die that number of times and subtract the total from your time.
Q: How long is the course?
A: The course top from to bottom is just under 1700’ of descent and 2.4 miles. If you’ve entered the Don’t Know About This Category or the Caped Crusader category, the distance will be more like 1.4.
Q: How do I get to the top?
A: The climb to the top is approximately 3 and half miles and just under 1700’ elevation. You can climb up under your own power and then remove your chain OR you can ride the shuttle. If you do pedal up. there will be a mechanic tent at the top of the mountain to help you break your chain and stash it in your pack. You can also remove it yourself. Either way, your chain MUST be removed before you line up at the starting gate. Sorry, It’s mandatory. No exceptions.
Q: I don’t want to pedal up. How do I pay for the shuttle?
A: The cost of the shuttle is optional. If you don’t want to pay the additional $11, you don’t have to, but if you do want to take the shuttle up, be sure that you chose the shuttle option on the registration page.
Q: Where do I park the day of the race?
A: The race will begin and end at the Lost Lake Day Use Lot on Chuckanut. Parking at this location will be very limited, so we suggest that you park at the Larrabee Campground just north of the Lost Lake Lot.