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Desert RATS MTB Classic

Desert RATS MTB Classic

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Desert RATS MTB Classic
Fruita, CO
May 9, 2020


“Happy positive staff. I mean how often in a race do you pull up to an aid station and have at least 2 staff members offer to hand you food and fill your water bottles.”

Due to escalating conditions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we will with a heavy heart be cancelling all three of our 2020 Desert RATS races; Desert RATS Trail Running Festival, 18 Road races (Rabbit Valley Half and Classic mountain bike race) and the Desert RATS stage race (we will be contacting all stage racers separate from this).

I can’t express how disappointed we are to have to do this. I’m sorry to wait so long for the cancellation on the Trail Running Festival be we have spent hours assessing, reassessing and modifying as the rapidly changing events unfold. I can list all the reasons we need to cancel including permits, volunteer help and social responsibility and the bottom line is that we need to accept that it is not a possibility this year.

While we know that you would all love to run the race, we have worked hard to give you some options that we feel are reasonable and fair. Many of our costs have already been laid out and we not only want to be able to continue this event but keep the businesses that we work with alive. These are difficult times for everyone and we ask that you keep that in mind as you look at your options.

1. Move 100% of your entry to our Mountain RATS race in Eagle, CO in September. This will save you deferment and processing fees and enter you in our first race back. We will have a 50K, marathon, half marathon and 50K mtb with a fun packet pickup party, racer party Saturday night and Eagle is an incredible community with amazing trails.
-Email us for a code and include all emails of individuals wanting a Mountain RATS entry @ reid_delman@geminiadventures.com
2. We will forego our no refund policy within a month of the event and keep available our generous early season refund policy where you can receive 85% deferment credit that you can use for any of our upcoming races.
-Go to your Ultrasignup account (or confirmation email), click on the “Edit Order” link and it will walk you through the steps.
3. Donate your entire 2020 entry fee. We hope you understand about sunk costs in races and how it affects small businesses. We work with almost 100% local vendors and we would like to make sure that everyone receives their fees and makes it to next season.
-No action required
We ask that you act upon your decision by the end of March. Any unclaimed entries will be assumed to fall into the #3 category. Again, we are so sorry to have to cancel. The spring trail season is the highlight of the year for us and we know that it is for you too. Best of luck to everyone and we hope you’re getting out there, safely and responsibly, wherever you are.

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2020 Registration is open

New Location and New Course!

The 2020 race will be a single 50K loop at 18 Road

Ride the Edge!
This is not just the name of the trail but it’s a description of the new Desert RATS Classic course. Uphill grinds, beautiful singletrack and some grueling hike-a-bike sections. You’ll ride on the edge of cliffs and the edge of your endurance limits. This course is tougher than the previous course with 3,400′ of climbing and WAY more rewarding.
Do heights excite you? You’re going to love the namesake section looking down at the start line area. Riding the Edge Loop!
This fun 50K course is an early season test of stamina and gives a reason to train through the winter. With the combination of many short ups and downs and a big climb up the mesa, this event will definitely test your fitness. Racers will have three aid stations and will receive a finisher’s memento and age group awards.
While weather is never a sure thing, typically in the Fruita and Moab area at this time of year, you can expect temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees with very little chance of rain.
Race Categories
Sport: Under 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+, Single Speed
Pro/Open
Pre-Race
There will be packet pick-up/registration on Friday evening, as well as Saturday morning at the Start/Finish area. Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration will be at the the Fruita Community Center (324 N Coulson St in Fruita) on Friday from 6:30-8:00p. 
Awards/Party
The party for all racers and Awards Ceremony will be at 6:30p on Saturday at TBA
Don’t miss the opportunity to socialize with other racers and win raffle prizes.
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each category.
Men’s & Women’s winners will receive comp entries to next year’s races.
Customized dog tag awards will be awarded to all finishers as they cross the finish line.
Placer’s awards will be distributed at the awards ceremony Saturday night.
Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.
Desert RATS MTB Classic Awards
Desert RATS MTB Classic Awards

Weather
While the weather is never a sure thing, typically in the Fruita and Moab area/s at this time of year, you can expect temperatures between 65-75 degrees with very little chance of rain.
Accomodations
This year’s host hotel is TBD. Check back soon!
Camping
There are 58 individual campsites and each site contains a fire ring and a grate and has a picnic table and parking for two to four vehicles. Campers must bring their own firewood and there is no electricity, shade shelter or garbage pick up. There are vault toilets within walking distance of the campsites. Dispersed camping is allowed outside of the trail system but requires use of portable toilet systems and fire pits.
Dropping Out
While we would love for there to be no drop outs, we understand that it happens. Please be self-aware and acknowledge your body’s needs, as you will most likely be the first to know. There are a number of ways to cut out sections of the course to get yourself back to the Finish Area and it is always an option to take a break for however long you need within the cut-offs. We will assist with transportation to the finish line if necessary, when vehicles become available. This is not an event where we leave you hanging. Be sure to tell a race official when you drop out; we will be out there until every racer is accounted for.
Bibs
Racers must display their race numbers at all times.
Medical
There will be radio contact available with a certified EMT, and each aid station will be stocked with a WFR-standard medical kit containing all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters.
Staying on Course & Leave No Trace
Racers must stay on the designated course. Any racer that goes off the designated course (i.e. shortcutting) will result in a disqualification.
All singletrack is designated as No Passing Zones (let’s keep singletrack single). There will be plenty of opportunities to pass as the trail opens up.
Cryptobiotic soil is the foundation of desert plant life. This dark, knobby crust is made up of many different living organisms and plays a vital role in maintaining the desert eco-system. However, this soil is extremely fragile and can take decades to grow. Even a footstep can damage the crust for decades, having lasting impacts on the desert environment. Stay the trail!
Unforeseeable Circumstances
In the case of unforeseeable circumstances due to weather or other extenuating circumstances that prevents the safe continuation of the race, race officials may end the race at any given time without a refund of unused portions. This rule will be implemented in the most extreme cases for the safety of the racers or officials.
Finish/Cut-Offs
8:00a – Race Start
1:00p – cut-off for official finishers
Local Laws
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.
Refund Policy
30 Days or more prior to the Event: 85% credit of registration fee (excluding UltraSignup fees).
Less than 30 days prior to the Event: No refunds or credit given.
Credits may be applied to any future Gemini Adventures race and will be valid for 12 months.
Registered runners may also switch between distances. No refunds or credit will be given for dropping down in distance. If stepping up in distance, the added current pricing of the longer distance will be charged (excluding UltraSignup fees).
To request credits, log in to your UltraSignup account, and go to Registration History. Select Edit for the event, and scroll to the bottom of the page where Cancel Registration is linked. Follow the prompts.

Course

New Location and New Course!
Ride the Edge!
This is not just the name of the trail but it’s a description of the course. Uphill grinds, beautiful singletrack and some grueling hike-a-bike sections. You’ll ride on the edge of cliffs and the edge of your endurance limits. This course is tougher than the previous course with 3,400′ of climbing and WAY more rewarding.
You’re going to love the namesake section looking down at the start line area. This single loop course combines the Edge Loop and Sarlacc Trails.
Riding the Edge Loop!
This fun 50K course is an early season test of stamina and gives a reason to train through the winter. With the combination of many short ups and downs and a big climb up the mesa, this event will definitely test your fitness. Racers will have three aid stations and will receive a finisher’s memento and age group awards.
Aid Stations 
A strict Leave No Trace policy will be implemented. Race management will supply aid stations with water, sports drink, Skittles, potato chips, peanut butter and jelly rolls, energy gels, and trash receptacles along the course. Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
Aid #1 Coal Gulch- 5.7 miles
Aid #2 Sarlacc- 17.3 miles
Aid #3 Mesa- 23.8
Finish- 31.8
Course Description
Total 31.8 mi
Elevation Gain: 3,440’+
Low Point: 5075′
High Point: 7298′
Start/Finish:
Take Interstate 70 west to Fruita (exit 19). Turn north onto Cherry Street and take the first right onto Aspen Avenue. Go through the roundabout and continue on Aspen to Maple Street. Take a left on Maple Street and then travel north. The street will turn into 17.5 road. Take a right on N.3 Road and then a left on 18 Road. Travel approximately 7 miles on 18 Road to the trailhead.

Schedule


Friday:
6:00-7:30p – Packet Pick-Up at Fruita Community Center

Saturday:
6:30-7:45a – Race Day Registration, Packet Pick-Up at 18 Road parking
8:00a – 50K Races begin
1:00p – Cut-Off for official finishes
TBA – Awards Party at TBA

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Results

Course Records
Desert RATS Classic 50K Mountain Bike Race
Male: 2018 Michael HAND 02:27:03
Female: 2017 Renee LOCKEY 02:51:06
Desert RATS Classic 100K Mountain Bike Race
Male: 2018 Oliver Zurbrugg 04:25:55
Female: 2019 Sparky MOIR-SEARS, Fruita, CO 6:09:52
Desert RATS Classic 100 Mountain Bike Relay
2016 – Male (2 person team): Folie A Deux TEAM, Cotopaxi, CO 8:57:01
Course Records
Desert RATS Classic 50K Mountain Bike Race
Male: 2017 Ryan KOHLER 02:27:30
Female: 2017 Renee LOCKEY 02:51:06
Desert RATS Classic 100K Mountain Bike Race
Male: 2017 Colby LASH 04:58:28
Female: Micki Harris, Arvada, CO 6:48:23
Desert RATS Classic 100 Mountain Bike Relay
2016 – Male (2 person team): Folie A Deux TEAM, Cotopaxi, CO 8:57:01

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