This unique two part relay combines a Super D downhill course of upper and lower hide and seek on the Sandy Ridge Trail, and a Class II-III+(IV) whitewater paddling race. This event finishes at one of the regions most significant geographic landmarks- The Former Marmot Damsite. This race is the first of its kind in the Sandy River Basin, and will highlight this unique area for biking, and paddling. What better way to enjoy the beginning of summer than to test your metal against an outdoorsy racing crew. This event is being sanctioned by eNRG Kayaking, the American Canoe Association, and OBRA.
Downhill Mountain Bike – Upper & Lower Hide & Seek downhill trail – 3 miles, 1200 ft. descent.
Whitewater Kayak/raft race- 8 miles Class II-IV-, 32.5 ft/mile
The start will be at the top of the Sandy Ridge at the information kiosk next to upper hide and seek. The downhill mountain bikers will drop into upper & lower hide and seek trail system which descends 3 miles, and 1200 ft down to the trailhead parking lot. The finish will be at the Sandy Ridge Trailhead. The start of the whitewater race will be at the Salmon and Sandy River confluence. Paddlers will race the 8 miles of class II-III (IV) whitewater including Alder Creek rapid (class III-IV). The finish line at the former Marmot Damsite. The last mile of the race winds through a section of river that was reservoir for 80 years prior to 2007.
Paddlers can race in a one-person kayak, or an R2 raft race. All paddlers must have helmet, PFD, and wet suit/dry suit with proper footwear. At least one of the paddlers must have been down this river section once, or petition the organizer with documented class IV/V paddling skills.
We will have safety and hydration stations at each transition, and we will have an ambulance on site. Our whitewater rescue crew will be staged at the critical sites along the whitewater race course. All racers are expected to stop and help a fellow racer in distress. We will have water and clif bars available for racers on site, and entry will include a yummy post race lunch. Camping & music will be available on site Saturday night at the Marmot Damsite.
The two stage race is expected to take approximately 20-30 minutes for the bikers, and 30-40 minutes for the paddlers. The Super D race will start promptly at 10am with a pre race meeting at the trailhead at 9:00 am. On site registration will be from 8am-9am for the mountain bike event. On site registration will be from 11-12pm at the Sandy Ridge Trailehead. A pre-race meeting will take place at 12:30pm, and the whitewater race will start promptly at 1:30pmpm. Awards and a raffle will be held at the Marmot Damsite promptly after the last racers finish.
Give yourself 1 hour to drive from Portland if you have never been to the Sandy Ridge Trails. See website for directions.
The following categories will be available to race:
Iron Man (1 person completes the whole event)
Iron Woman (1 woman completes the entire event)
Mens Team Kayak / Raft
Womens Team Kayak / Raft
Coed Team Kayak / Raft
There must be 3 entries in each class to create and official category.
Super D- $40 ($5 off for OBRA members)
Whitewater race- $40 ($5 off for ACA members)
Iron Man/Woman – $75 ($5 off for OBRA members and $5 off for ACA members)
Team Event – $70 ($5 off for OBRA members and $5 off for ACA members)
Entry fee includes 1 night camping, snacks, and a post race hot meal.
Add $10 for day of registration.
Add $15 for dinner Saturday night at Marmot Damsite
Add $5 for breakfast Sunday morning
Add $10/pp for camping for non racers
Any net proceeds will be donated to We Love Clean Rivers to help clean the Sandy River Basin.