18 miles
Distance
4,432 ft
Climb
-4,475 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

*Overall altitude gain is overestimated. We estimate the actual climbing on the long course to be about 1100M.

Transition 1 (Sulfur Springs) - Don't burn yourself out on those climbs, save it for the timed sections.

Timed Segment 1 (Brakeless) - Loose and steep for the first 3 or 4 turns, then it moves to a much more gentle grade. It's not technical, but it also isn't smooth, it is a real test of your suspension. You will need to pedal, but also keep your head up for the turns and hidden roots. Longer than you expect.

Transition 2 (Highway 66, Sulfur Springs, Ninja Cow, Moose Road) - Please be careful on the short highway section, standard rules of the road apply. Stay single file on the shoulder. The entrance to Ninja Cow is a little tricky, but using it will save you about 80M of climbing over the day. When on Moose Road be aware that it remains open to traffic. Stay to the right and aware of traffic movements.

Timed Segment 2 (Toothless) - Classic Moose Mountain gnar, steep and loose with tight committing corners. There is a blue/black option near the top that is really black vs. proline. If you have not previously confirmed that you can ride the black line do not ride it in the race. It will not be faster if you have to walk it. One wooden drop near the end that will be marked as a drop.

Transition 3 (Ings Mine Road, Elbow Valley, Sulfur Springs, Ninja Cow, Moose Mountain Road) - The push up Elbow Valley is steep, but the most efficient route. Don't forget to make use of the Feed Station and Neutral Repair at the 2K parking lot.

Segment 3 (Top of Race of Spades) - Such a fun trail, tight with all sorts of terrain. Stunts will be marked as gaps or not, or taped off, and there is always a ride-around option. Some of the stunts will present serious consequence if messed up, so be aware and make good decisions.

Transition 4 (CF Climb) - Push the old line, or ride/push the new one. Your choice, they both will be painful.

Segment 4 (Bottom of Race of Spades) - The shortest stage but deserving of your full attention. A bit of pedaling through narrow trees that want to grab your bars. Then ribboned trail with many wooden features, either know the features or read the signs, you don't want to take an accidental 3M drop. Then a high speed section with poor sightlines to the finish.

Transition 5 (Tom Snow) - Please ensure the gate is closed after you pass through.

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Route Sections

1 Timed Segment 1 (Brakeless)
2 Timed Segment 2 (Toothless)
3 Timed Segment 3 (Race of Spades Upper)
4 Timed Segment 4 (Race of Spades Lower)

Details

  • Race Course
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for MooseDuro 2017 (Long Course) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,694 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,737 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,694 ft
  • Grade
    -0.044%
  • Grade max
    -48.791%
  • Grade min
    42.353%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,774 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Toothless
Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:28pm
Dec 13, 2017
Clear of ice until the drop at the end - icy in the corner after that, really clear for Dec 14, supposed to snow friday Dec 15 though so this report may change rapidly.
Sulphur Springs
Dec 10, 2017 @ 4:25pm
Dec 10, 2017
Lots of ice from the junction with Elbow Valley to the bottom of the climb. The climb is mostly dry. There is a tree across the bypass trail, but it's in a slow section. reporter
Elbow Valley
Dec 10, 2017 @ 4:23pm
Dec 10, 2017
Very icy from Station Flats to the junction with Sulphur. reporter
Brakeless
Oct 30, 2017 @ 5:51am
Oct 30, 2017
A fewer down trees from last storm
Race of Spades
Oct 28, 2017 @ 8:07pm
Oct 28, 2017
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. cleared all smaller trees on upper ROS with a couple of guys from Calgary. Lower ROS clear
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