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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Courtois Challenge

Ya buddy a new ride/race!!!

Since I'm down here doing work on the Ozark Trail all summer, I want people to see and ride it!

THIS RIDE/RACE IS TOTALLY SELF-SUPPORTED! (ie: no "official" aid stations, see below)

Courtois Challenge
MTB out and back ride/race
100% singletrack!
55 miles.
From Council Bluffs Lake to Berryman Campground, and back again!
Camping and riding all weekend at Council Bluffs Lake.

Saturday July 23, 2011
8:00 am start time
From Wild Boar Campgrounds, Council Bluffs Lake National Recreation Area.

However, there are plenty of trail heads between CBL and Berryman (Hazel Creek is about halfway between both) that you can have a support crew meet you at if so desired, or if everyone was smart, they'd find someone to lug a bunch of shit up to Berryman for everyone :)

How's this gonna work?
No money, no license, no excuses, and absolutely no bitching. PLEASE be prepared, I cannot stress this enough. I highly recommend a water filter/water purification tablets so that you don't have to carry 300 oz of water (which still may not be enough during mid-July).
We'll meet at 7:45 am in Wild Boar Campground, at the self-pay kiosk (entrance to campground) to make it easy on everyone. We'll then roll out neutral until we hit the actual Ozark Trail (I will be leading so it will stay neutral :) I will be camping both Friday and Saturday nights at CBL, I recommend you do the same and drink cold beer with me after this epicness.

and of course, I'll be single speeding it :)

This will be an amazing, no pressure ride/race and great training for the upcoming Berryman Trail Epic. I will have a clipboard stashed at Berryman. I will let people know where it is the day of the ride/race, once you find it, you will sign it, time stamp it and head back to CBL.

More details to come soon!!! I promise. I literally just thought this up as we were riding middlefork last weekend :)



  1. Nice work! Might just see ya there!

  2. This may help someone prepare.



    We stopped at the bridge so I'm a few miles short but it's moar than 55!