As (hopefully) everyone knows, the Crazy 88 is currently postponed, and I’ve had a lot of questions about what’s going through my head about what that ultimately means. Well, for the actual Crazy 88, I’m still not sure. But…….
I’ve had a lot of enthusiasm from everyone who was planning on doing the 88 this year to still do a ride the weekend of August 7th. I’ve been putting some thought into it, and although we’re not going to do a full-blown race, I’ve got some ideas for a ride put together.
Since this is relatively last-minute, this isn’t going to be any sort of official event. I’m going camping and I’m gonna ride my bike on August 7th. I suggest you come out and do so with me and whomever shows up. I’ve got some ideas for a a couple loops which will be a TON of fun, and on trails that many of you have probably never done before.
Will it be 88 miles? Probably not.
Will it be epic? Most likely.
Will there be beer and food? You bet your ass.
If you’re interested in coming camping and riding with me, email me at nathan (at) handlebarsandwich (dot) com and I’ll give you the camping location that I’ll be at that weekend and any additional details that you may need to meet up for some camping, some beer, and some damn fun riding. Lets make it happen.
p.s. For those of you who weren’t up for the full 88, I’ll have a shorter route laid out as well, so don’t think just because you weren’t up for the full epic you should find anther option.
Well, I think we all suspected it was coming at some point or another, but I finally got the email today and it sounds like several of the trails we were going to use on the east side of the peaks are going to be closed for a very long time, putting a huge thorn in the side of the 88.
Here’s the email I got from the forest service today. I have responded that I would like to discuss the possibility of utilizing some of the trails and road on the east side of the peaks as well as re-routing the beginning of the second loop around the bottom of elden to access the AZT. We will see if the time crunch is getting a bit close or if that’s a possibility.
Hello, Nathan. I have to inform you that the Crazy 88 race as presently configured won’t be able to occur this year. The Schultz Fire, as you probably are aware of, has led to a fire closure area that encompasses the whole eastern side of the Peaks. Plus, Much of that area will be closed to the public until at least the end of the monsoon season in September. Portions of it might be closed for a longer time. for example, the Waterline Road probably will be closed to public use (and maybe to the City of Flagstaff water department) for a very long time, because of the threat of fallen/falling trees and rocks. The fire burned all the way uo to the very top of Schultz Peak on the east side, and much the same for Doyle Peak, exposing the Waterline Road to continual falling debris for maybe years to come. The hope is to be able to reopen Lockett Meadow in time for the fall color season, after the monsoons are over. The same goes for the portion of FR 418 that is now closed from 552 to the 419 junction. The amount of rehabilitation that can be accomplished by the BAER (Burn Area Emergency Response) Team now currently working in the Schultz Fire area will have a big impact of how the situation develops in the near (as well as the long range) future. Please give me a call if you want to discuss this further. Thanks
If we don’t work something out, I’ll get everyone’s registration fees back to them who have already paid. If we can work out a new course, I’ll let you know as soon as I have more info.
Back in college, a friend of mine by the name of Tom did a bitchin’ ninja sketch for a t-shirt we made. Despite years of not being in contact, he jumped at the chance to do up a logo for this year’s 88.
So, without further delay, I present the 2010 crazy 88 logo.
That’s right, it’s a ninja with a bike helmet.
That. Just. Happened.
I promptly made up handbills which will be distributed to the local bike shops in the next day or so. I decided to go with a ‘ticket’ theme this year Here’s what an individual one looks like, there should be a stack at each of the shops around flag. Feel free to distribute as you see fit.
In case you have the urge to print out a sheet of them, I gots a .pdf all ready to roll and you can get it here.
As I’m sure you’ve all heard, the schultz fire which is burning right now is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the crazy 88 course. My current plan is to hang tight for the next week and see where the fire crews are at and make a call to the forest service at that point to see if they have any sort of inkling on how the permit was looking before this whole debacle erupted.
We’ve already got sponsors committed and at least 20-30 people committed to the race. Plans are in motion, and I would like to still have the event, even if it means some venue/course changes. I have some contingency ideas for courses that would generally avoid the area that the fire is in, but we will have to wait and see what transpires and what trails are still in existence after this whole thing gets contained.
I encourage everyone to leave the weekend open and plan on riding up here. The options run the range from minor course modifications to complete venue changes. Fear not, though, no matter what happens, I’m gonna put together some epic riding up here. We’ve got plenty of trails to go around. I’ll keep everyone posted as we move forward.
The first round submission for the forest service permit application is in. 5 pages of details surrounding the race plan and 3 pages of maps are finished and submitted. The forest service has been very responsive so far, so I am hopeful that the permit process will go fairly smoothly.
In light of the good initial reaction from the forest service, and the other pieces starting to fall into place, I’ve decided on a $25 fee for the race. After crunching the numbers this should be enough to cover permits, insurance, food, and some other assorted goodies I have in mind. I’ve added a paypal ‘pay now’ button to the registration page if you want to pay that way. I will also take a check or cash in hand if you would prefer it. Instructions for both are on the registration page as well.
The details are coming together, and it’s getting exciting.
Well, even though we’re still working on permits and insurance, we’ve lined up the first couple official supporters of the race. I just hope that the forest service is as responsive as these companies were….
Hammer Nutrition will be generously donating plenty of gels, HEED drink mix, and enduralytes for the race. This will be in addition to any other snacks I come up with for the aid stations.
We also have a verbal from New Belgium for some tasty post-race beverages (or even mid-race for you 88ers). Not sure exactly what we’ll be getting from them, but I’m sure they won’t disappoint.
If you’re looking for information on the 2010 Crazy 88 mountain bike event, you’ve come to the right place……. There’s just nothing to read yet. Due to the fact that the event got large enough to get the attention of the City of Flagstaff and the Coconino National Forest, we are pursuing permits, insurance, and other official-sounding things. There will probably be a small registration fee this year to help offset the costs, but it won’t be much, just enough to cover costs and have some fun with the extra.
This ain’t no big-production race. I’m not here to make money, hit the big time, or any other illusions of grandeur. Just a man, a dream, a bike and some bitchin’ trails……..
Rest assured, the 2010 Crazy 88 will happen, and rest assured, it will be the most fun you can have on two wheels this summer…… or at least the most pain.
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