28 mile Off-Road Mountain Duathlon over Dixville Notch

Race along the Cohos Trail, summit Table Rock, run past hidden waterfalls, and bike twenty-one miles of backwoods multi-use trails for a chance at $750 in prizes.

When: September 10, 2016 - 12pm start

Where: Balsams Wilderness Ski Area-Colebrook, NH

 Who: $89/ individual and relay team member*

$250 cash prize each category: Male, Female, Team

May be run individually or as a relay by a team of up to four racers.

Can be run without a support crew.

Estimated race time: 4-5 hours

Registration includes:

  • Pre-race pasta dinner on September 9th (optional)
  • Participation in Sprint-length race and chance to win $250 cash prize for each category
  • Post-race brew from Woodstock Brewery
  • Finish line awards meal featuring local foods, grown in Colebrook by New Earth Organic Farm
  • Quick-dry 2016 tee shirt and additional swag

Not to mention exploring the off-the-map destination of New Hampshire's northern border region. 

 Local Racers get $45 off registration fee! Click for info

 

 

 

2016 Course Description

Leg 1: Trail Run 3.3 miles

Starting from the former Balsams ski resort hill, racers will run up the ski mountain and follow the Cohos Trail past Table Rock with view over Lake Gloriette before following the streambank down the steep Three Brothers Trail - 1,198 ft. ascent.

Leg 2: Mountain Bike 13.3 miles

After departing from Huntington Cascades, racers will briefly travel Rt. 26 before diving back into the woods for some gravel grinding on former logging roads winding over Kelsey Notch - 1,498 ft. ascent.

Gear advice from Jonathon Dodge of Spoke 'n' Word Bike Shop:

A great stretch for riders to who absolutely hate flat sections of trail. The climbing starts early on and seems to last a very long distance--at places quite loose and other places quite rocky. The descents are able to be run fully open on a full suspension rig (our suggestion for the leg due to the added traction ascending and descending--preferably a full suspension bike that can quickly and easily be locked out or opened up). Hard tails will get a bit beat up on the descent, but frankly, in a different way, F.S. bikes will beat you up on the climbs if you are bobbing up and down the entire time. I can't imagine anybody LOVING a CX bike on this course.

 

Leg 3: Mountain Bike 7.6 miles

Starting from Diamond Peaks in Millsfield, this last biking leg will bring you back to the town of Colebrook and closer to that specially-prepared local meal - 1,070 ft. ascent.

Gear advice from Jonathon Dodge of Spoke 'n' Word Bike Shop:

A fairly rugged pitch sees you on your way on the second-to-last leg of the race.  ATV traffic has loosened up the soil and exposed some ledge and other large stones.  Tired legs will appreciate the lower gearing of a mountain bike--and with the limited amount of technical terrain, a hardtail would be a preferred choice.  BUT...there is a lot of gravel road where a significant amount of time can be made up by a confident CX bike handler who isn't over-cooked yet, and is keen on racing all the way to the podium.  There is a descent or two that will make you check your brakes of the CX bike, where a mt. bike is more likely to ride full gas, but those are brief moments compared to the miles of ground covered riding in the drops, multiple miles per hour faster than any mt. bike is going to travel.  Still, if you are already wasted, or question your bike handling skills, then a hardtail is your most reasonable choice.

 

Leg 4: Trail Run 3.5 miles

Leg 10 - Town ViewTrail running from Fish Hatechery Road, through winding trails just outside of town, finishing at the Colebrook Country Club. 

Total Run: 7 miles - Total Bike: 23 miles

Course Subject to Change