24 Hours of Snowshoe Update (3/27/02)
While the days may be getting longer, there are less and less of them as we plunge headlong towards The 2002 24 Hours of Snowshoe. It's been nine months since we all got together for the 2001 race and Granny Gear has been hard at work putting together a bigger and better race. The 11th Annual 24 Hours of Snowshoe is slated for June 29th & 30th, 2002.
A Community of Racers: This year we've stepped further into the electronic age and improved our website, offering online registration for our races. As a new feature to our website, registered teams now have their own web page to express themselves, complete with a listing of team members, a team logo/picture, anecdotes, sponsor listings and (available soon) a team theme song. Theme songs can be uploaded as MP3's which will be played during the race. With their user name and password, which is assigned when the team registers, team captains can add team members and keep information up-to-date. If you haven't had a chance to see the pages that have already been posted, then check them out (it's really fun to read the anecdotes and see the cool team logos/pictures that folks have made for their teams). For those teams that have registered but haven't taken advantage of your page yet, you can log in and update the page to reflect who your team is. Remember, your team page will be linked to the RealTime results and will become part of the historical record for years to come.
Trail Improvements: You can't have a race without a course. While everyone expects a challenging course and no one (we hope) expects a super highway through the trees, we know that it isn't much fun to spend a large percentage of your lap on a hike-a-bike. Conditions last year were far from perfect and we at Granny Gear are making sure you spend more time in the saddle this year. A thorough trail survey has been completed and we're organizing our volunteer trail work weekends. Trail Work Weekend #1 is April 26th-28th and Trail Work Weekend #2 is slated for May 3rd-5th at Silver Creek Resort (more details to come).
Three Ring Circus: In a continuing effort to elevate the art of mountain bike event production, we are adding new cycling related events and entertainment for the thousands of racers & spectators who make the annual trek to Snowshoe. Be sure to bring your friends and family for what will surely be one of the most exciting mountain bike extravaganza's in the East. Remember too, the NORBA National Championship Series is taking place the week prior to The 24 Hours of Snowshoe. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is offering 25% discounts for 9-day lodging packages for folks who want to make the most of this incredible convergence of these two major events.
Skills: John Stamstad, the king of endurance mountain biking, will kick things off with a special edition of his Singletrack Ranch, in the week leading up to the event. You would be hard pressed to find anyone with more experience than John, who has ridden more laps with Granny Gear than any other racer. The clinic will focus on skills, not on burning lots of miles, so you'll be fresh for the race and will be able to ride faster. Check out www.singletrackranch.com for more information.
Thrills: If you've been around mountain biking for the last several years, you know about the emergence of a new style of riding from the woods of British Columbia. To go beyond the pictures you've seen in Bike magazine, we're bringing Dangerous Dan's Flow Show to astound you with their North Shore skills. Don't miss this exciting display of raw talent and dare devil attitudes!
Spills: In what has become a tradition, the North American Trial Series Competition will once again be held at Snowshoe this year. If you think a track stand is impressive, you'll be blown away by these competitors as they hop/jump/pedal their way through some extreme trials courses in competition for a record $5,000 cash purse.
Music: No self-respecting 24 hour race would be complete without a jam session. Strains of banjos and fiddles along with bass, electric guitar and drums will fill the air at the Bluegrass Jamboree. Local musicians as well as other bands will be on hand to provide entertainment for the troops.
And in the Center Ring...
We're really excited to see everyone again at this year's big shindig. In the coming weeks, we'll be sending you more details on the trail progress, upcoming events and new developments. Our sincerest thanks go to all the teams who have registered. We appreciate all of the great feedback we've received on the ease of use of the new online registration and all of the new team features. We are constantly striving to improve our events because we love this sport and the gritty, fun-loving, hard-core racers that we get to hang with at the races. We're inspired by your incredible feats, indomitable spirits and intelligent, good-humored personalities to take this sport to entirely new levels and we really appreciate that you share the vision.
Best regards to you, your teammates, support crew, friends and family from everyone at Granny Gear Productions. Happy Trails!
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