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Firebird 50 mtb

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Firebird 50K & 25K MTB Races

Eagle, CO
September 17-18, 2022

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Saturday Festival photos

Sunday Festival photos

2022 results

Firebird 25K- now you can choose between the full or short course.

A Colorado end-of-summer outdoor celebration! Come celebrate the beginning of fall in the mountains with a mountain bike challenge! An exciting weekend of festival fun and adventure on the trails near Eagle, Colorado. With the start/finish line right in the heart of Eagle friends and family can enjoy themselves while you ride this rugged mountain race. Enjoy a weekend of relaxing with a beer, hot meal, music and a massage at the recovery station. Join the runners at the Saturday night party!
Experience uphill grinds and beautiful singletrack. Both the 50K and 25K courses are a great test of stamina and give a culmination of summer training. With the combination of many short ups and downs and a couple big climbs, this event will definitely test your fitness. Racers will have three aid stations (one for the 25K) and will receive a finisher’s memento and age group awards.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Cycle Effect, a local non-profit with the mission to empower girls through mountain biking.
Our packet pickup and start/finish area will be well provided for by our incredible sponsor – Color Roasters.
In order to be environmentally friendly and cut down on the amount of trash we produce, we will not have cups at the aid stations. Please carry a water bottle on the course.

Accommodations
Our host hotel for the weekend events is the Quality Inn & Suites Vail Valley. When you call to reserve please mention you’re booking for “Mountain Rats races” to receive the best rate. They will sell out, so be sure to book soon.

Start/Finish Area and Parking
Color Roasters (717 Sylvan Lake Rd) will host the packet pick-up on Friday evening. The start/finish line will be at the corner of Capitol and Sylvan Road. Your race number and packet will be available at this location Saturday morning and Sunday morning before the race start.

Parking will be at the Brush Creek Elementary School parking lot. It is located at 333 Eagle Ranch Rd, Eagle, CO 81631 and is a very short walk across the street to the start/finish area.

Cut-offs

This 50K will have a 7 hour cutoff for official finishers. Anyone completing the course after this time will receive an unofficial time up to 8 hours.

There will be a cut-off at mile 17.5 for the 50K where racers will not be allowed to go into the second loop if they don’t get there by 12:30. Riders will be asked to ride 1.7 miles to the finish line.

Pricing

50K
Early (until March 31st): $95
Standard (until June 30th): $105
Late (until September 16th): $115
Race Weekend: $125

25K
Early (until March 31st): $85
Standard (until June 30th): $95
Late (until September 16th): $105
Race Weekend: $115

Finish Line
All registered racers will get their choice of a free beer or Color Roasters coffee.

Weather
Weather in Eagle can vary. The averages for September are a low of 42F and a high of 73F degrees.

Awards
Finisher’s mementos will be handed to you as you cross the finish line and awards will be given out at our Awards Ceremony on center stage.
Don’t miss out on a chance to win raffle prizes and socialize with other riders.

King of the Mountain primes: We will have a $100 bill for the fastest male and female to ride from the Firebox aid station to the Spring Creek aid station as recorded by aid station staff. This will be presented at the awards ceremony on center stage.

Men’s & Women’s winners will receive comp entries to next year’s races.
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race in each of the following age categories:
Sport: Under 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+, Single Speed
Pro/Open
Racers will receive customized dog tag finisher’s awards as they cross the finish line. Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.



Medical
There will be emergency vehicles throughout the event and all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters will be at the start/finish area. In addition, a certified Emergency Medical Technician will be in attendance. Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.

Staying on Course
Racers must stay on the designated course. Short-cutting will result in a disqualification. If you go off course, you must return to the same point you exited in order to continue.

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. This rule will be implemented in the most extreme cases for the safety of the riders or officials with no refund of unused portions.

Local Laws
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.

Transfers & Cancellations
There will be no entry transfers. If you regrettably need to cancel your registration, please use UltraSignup. Cancellations are given credit of their registration payment toward any Gemini Adventures event within one year’s time, minus a 15% fee. Login to your account, go to Registration History, “Edit Order” for the event, and Cancel Registration

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 Order” for the event, and scroll to the bottom of the page where Cancel Registration is linked. Follow the prompts.

Course

The Firebird 50 course will be challenging, beautiful, and almost 100% dirt.
Aid Stations
We will have three aid stations located throughout the course.
Aid Stations will have: Hammer gels, potato chips, peanut butter and jelly rolls, chocolate, bananas, water and HEED by Hammer Nutrition.
To reduce waste, cups will not be provided at the aid stations.
Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
50K
31 mi with 5700’+ of climbing
Low Point 6607′ – High Point 9142′

25K
14.4 mi with 2350′ of climbing
Low Point 6607′ – High Point 7930′

Firebird 50

You will begin in the heart of Eagle, next to Color Roasters. Start by riding 2 miles on the bike path along Eagle Ranch Road and Haystacker Drive, where a right turn onto the Turniphead Trail marks the start of dirt miles until the finish.

Just shy of a mile after turning onto dirt, you will pass through the Arroyo trailhead, at mile 2.4. From Arroyo, the course continues steadily up, first on double track on Third Gulch Trail, then veering left onto singletrack on Pipeline Trail. Throughout this climb you will ride from sage-covered high desert into beautiful aspen groves on the Pipeline Trail. 1300 vertical feet above Arroyo you will reach aid station #1, Firebox, at mile 6.5.

You’ll leave the aid station and continue uphill on Hardscrabble Road briefly to a hard right turn onto the Firebox Road hike a bike . After 2 miles with some steep climbs through forest and pastureland on Firebox Road you’ll veer left onto singletrack and descend to toward Dead Cow.

A very steep but short hike-a-bike awaits you as you leave the aid station onto Mike’s Night Out. The course rewards with sweeping views as it continues on Mike’s Night Out bombing down on beautiful singletrack to aid station #2, Spring Creek, at mile 13.0. A short and beautiful ride on Itch will take you to the World’s Greatest downhill much of which is fast and flowy and some is just steep.

After a sharp left turn at the Schoolhouse trail the course brings you back up to the Spring Creek aid station through Star Wars and Easy Rider. After Reaching Spring Creek #2 you will once again get to experience World’s Greatest.

From here, the fun isn’t quite over, as the course heads up one final 200-foot climb. From the top of this punchy climb, the trail makes a serpentine descent to the Horton Street Trailhead. Head down the neighborhood street and turn left onto the bike path. A short 0.4 miles along this path lead to the finish line and after party at Color Coffee Roasters.

Firebird 25K

The new 25K starts in the heart of Eagle, next to Color Roasters. A short stretch on bike path and up Horton Street leads you to singletrack on the School House Rock Trail. Upon accessing dirt, you will climb a quick 200 vertical feet over 0.7 miles, followed by a similar descent to the School House water station, at mile 1.7.
Ride straight before taking a left toward Hockett Gulch. With some steep ups and downs the course eventually climbing consistently through Star Wars and Easy Rider to the Spring Creek Aid Station.
A short and beautiful ride on Itch will take you to the World’s Greatest downhill, much of which is fast and flowy and some is just steep. After a turnoff onto Elmer’s the trail continues downhill to the School House water drop.
From here, the fun isn’t quite over, as the course heads up one final 200-foot climb. From the top of this punchy climb, the trail makes a serpentine descent to the Horton Street Trailhead. You’ll ride down the neighborhood street and turn left onto the bike path. A short 0.4 miles along this path leads to the finish line and after party at Color Coffee Roasters.

 

Schedule

Weekend Event Schedule 2022

Thursday:

6:00p – Adam Palmer Fund Trivia Night at Color Roasters. Register here

Friday:

5:00p -7:00p – Packet Pick Up at Color Roasters breezeway (west side of Color Roasters)

5:00p – 8:00p – Live music at Color Roasters

Saturday:

6:00-7:45a – Packet Pick-Up and race day registration at start line on Capitol St.

7:00a – 55K Ultra and Marathon start

8:00a – Heavy Half start

9:00a – 6:00p Endorphin gym open to all registered participants

10:00a – Endorphin Boot camp on Capitol Street. Register here

10:30a – Cycle Effect bike clinics on Capitol Street. Register here

11:00a – Kids “sprint race” on Capitol St. (10 and under). Register at start/finish area

11:30a – Heavy Half awards at start/finish

11:40a – Spring Creek Aid 55K Cut-Off

12:00p – 6:00p Live Music on stage on Capitol St.

2:00p – School House Aid 55K Cut-Off

2:00p – Amazing Race start on Capitol St.

2:30p – Spring Creek Aid Marathon Cut-Off

3:30p – Easy Rider Aid Marathon Cut-Off

4:00p – Marathon/55K Race Awards at start/finish

4:30p – Amazing Race Awards at start/finish

6:00p – Marathon/55K Cut-Off

Sunday:

6:30-7:45 – Packet Pick-up and race day registration at start line on Capitol St.

8:00a – Firebird 50 Mountain Bike Start

8:30a – Firebird 25 Mountain Bike Start

9:00a – 6:00p – Endorphin gym open to all registered participants

10:00a – 1:00p – Live music on stage on Capitol St.

11:00a – Super Strider event (4 years and under). Register at start/finish area

12:00p – School House Aid Cut-Off for 50K

12:00p – Firebird 25K Mountain Bike Awards at start/finish

1:30p – Firebird 50 Mountain Bike Awards

3:00p – Firebird 50 Mountain Bike Final Cut-Off

Register

Gallery

Results

Course Records:
50K Female – Shaneis Kehoe – 03:30:51 (2021)
50K Male – Tom Herman – 2:53:21 (2020)

Volunteer



Thank you to our 2022 Mountain RATS sponsors!