One week to go. The ski course is in really good shape and with the warm weather predicted for next week it should be fast. The river is over 700 and the river section is very forgiving right now.
Which brings me to the bike course. The bike course is a little snowy. The start of the bike course is ok, south facing so it is pretty dry. Then there is about a mile of railroad grade that is a little snowy. We will work on this section next week and it should be mostly rideable on race day. Once you are at the top of the climb on county road 250 there is a fair bit of snow for 2.5 miles. I walked it today. There are places where it is drifted 3 feet deep and places that are bone dry. People doing the whole race, or the bike section on a team, should be prepared to hike-a-bike/ride combo through this section. This means you need to think about gear that is suitable for some snow. I know some guys down here are thinking about flat pedals. Whatever you want to do.
Pre-race meetings at 7:30pm on Friday the 18th and at 7am on Saturday morning. You must attend one. You can still register up until Friday night, print the form off of the website 3P Salida Poll Pedal Paddle
Looking forward to hosting you in the Ark Valley!