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Old 2019-11-05, 01:31 AM   #1
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Desert MUNI Race Ridgercrest, Ca

Just wanted to get the word out for this event in two weeks. This is the first year they will have a MUNI category.

https://www.earangels.com/RallyData/...Type=NewSingle

It should be a fun event!
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Old 2019-11-05, 06:59 PM   #2
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I would love to do this just to support our sport. But I already have plans that day. I hope they have a great turnout and I'll look for this next year.
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Old 2019-11-06, 01:38 AM   #3
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This mountain bike race has been going on for quite a while. They even get some pros to come out for the event. I bugged them about adding the MUNI category this year and they did which is great. I expect with more notice we could get a good gathering out here. I definitely plan on continuing this next year if the organizers are OK with it. I know there are a lot of riders out there and not enough events. Maybe I'm just not in the know

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Old 2019-11-06, 02:19 AM   #4
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Basically interested in joining, but is it correct that the unicycle category is only 3mi? Not really convinced that's worth the drive from LA and the $40 fee. Any chance we can ride with the bikers on one of the longer courses?

Still, I have to say that it's awesome that there's a unicycle category, so thanks for organizing!
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Old 2019-11-06, 03:44 PM   #5
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This is the first year so we are trying to figure things out. The race is 3.2 or so miles. The first half has some climbing and the second part has more down hill. The 40 dollar fee isn't bad since you get a free shirt if you enter by this Saturday. Where in LA are you from. I think it's about a 2 to 2.5 hour drive when I go to LA.
I would encourage you to come out and you can help shape this event for future years.
The organizers are flexible so we can work with them to make the race better.
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Old 2019-11-07, 07:37 PM   #6
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I contacted the organizers and they were kind enough to allow me to pick any course I want. I'll be there!
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Old 2019-11-08, 02:30 AM   #7
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Fantastic!
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Old 2019-11-08, 05:37 AM   #8
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I am intrigued! However the registration form doesn't tell me much, such as date, time, location. I tried to deconstruct the URL, but it appears to be a store for earplugs. Can you provide more info? It's unlikely I would be able to make it, but possibly in the future?
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Old 2019-11-08, 05:42 AM   #9
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Old 2019-11-08, 12:21 PM   #10
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I contacted the organizers and they were kind enough to allow me to pick any course I want. I'll be there!
That's great. The Bump N Grind race they do a few hours from me has a muni category, but it's a mini loop, mostly in front of the spectators, and not even the same day as the cross country MTB races. It never felt worth doing. Nice to see somebody let you do a real course!
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Old 2019-11-08, 02:39 PM   #11
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Ridgecrest Desert Classic info

Here is a link to the website for the race.
https://www.highsierracyclists.club/...desert-classic
It has lots of info about the race, including course descriptions, maps and gpx files. The unicycle part of the race is new this year so we do not have anything on the 3.2 mile Unicycle only course, but Jose's post explains that course pretty well and I can try to dig up the gpx file if that would be useful.
Jose already posted a link where to register, but this link can also be found on the desert classic website above, as well as dates for the race for the next several years. The cutoff day to get registered and still receive a shirt is this Saturday.
As far as the courses go, due to lack any rain this fall, the courses are a little sandier than usual. I recommend to the bikers to use wider tires for this race. I would assume that this would also be a good idea for Unicycles.
Someone noted that the registration page piggybacks on a store for earplugs. This is because the guy who built our registration site uses his daughters site to host it. It does not have anything to do with the race, it is just what we had available to us.
Let me or Jose know if there are any more questions and we will do our best to answer them. We are excited to have the Unicycle category added to our race. Hope to see you guys out there.
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Old 2019-11-08, 06:07 PM   #12
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I have a friend who would be interested in the 3.2 mi course, but would like to see the gpx file first. Thanks!
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Old 2019-11-09, 02:16 AM   #13
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Ben,
Since the 3.2mile MUNI course is a new addition there isn't a gpx file. Hopefully next year we can get a more established course with gpx files up.
Half the course is gradual climb with a few intense climbs mixed in. The last half is mainly down hill with a few shallower climbs. Your friend should do fine.

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Old 2019-11-09, 03:57 AM   #14
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I forgot to mention that there will be an informal kids unicycle race at noon. This will consist few laps around a coned off circuit in the main race area.
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Old 2019-11-09, 05:37 AM   #15
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Ridgecrest Desert Classic info

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I have a friend who would be interested in the 3.2 mi course, but would like to see the gpx file first. Thanks!
Here is the garmin link to the unicycle course. I rode it with my bike to get an accurate estimate of the mileage.
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/4234968013

Also the deadline for getting a shirt with your the registration is tomorrow since we have to have the shirt order in on Monday and the registration price increases by $5 on Thursday.
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