GORD Course is in Good Shape February 10, 2010Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Events, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, trails.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Brownlow Trail, duathlon, Go Off Road Duathlon, GORD, Mountain Biking, Pioneer Park, Prescott, single track, trails
Several of us went out and rode the course for the upcoming Go! Off Road Duathlon or GORD this last weekend.
The first running leg is 1.5 miles. The first third of that leg is on wide track trail that is part of the Brownlow Trail system in Pioneer Park. The other two-thirds is on single track trail that winds through the pinon, juniper and scrub oak trees.
The second leg of the race is he mountain 8.1 mile mountain biking leg. It too incorporates wide track and single track, but it is no walk in the park, it has about 900′ of climbing and some challenging twisty single track on the north end of the park.
The final leg of the GORD is another trail running leg of 2.2 miles. It starts out on single track, and ends with almost a mile of the wide track trail to allow racers to not have to concentrate so much on foot placement, but just let the dogs run.
There has been a lot of rain and snow here in the last month, so we didn’t know what kind of shape the trails would be in. To our pleasant surprise, the single track is in as good a shape as I have ever seen it. Some sections of the wide track are going to need some dragging, there are some places where the water washed a bunch of sand down over it, and a few fairly deep ruts.
With the race still five weeks away, I will be riding it many more times.