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Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge

 

Race Description: During the past five years approximately $500,000 has been spent building mountain bike trails in the Carrabassett Region.  The goal is to construct an iconic mountain bike trail network that is on everybody's "must-ride" list.  To date there is approximately 80 miles of riding for all abilities.  This includes miles of super flowy, machine-built singletrack and old-school style trails that have been carved out with hand tools and sweat.  The Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge (CBCC) is your chance to experience some of this outstanding riding in a true point-to-point style race through the western mountains of Maine!  Profits from the race go towards construction and maintenance of new trails.

Web Site: 

Facebook and bikereg page are best sources of information for our race
Facebook -- CBCC on Facebook
CR NEMBA -- Website with past results and area riding info

 

2017 Race Report at MTBRaceNews

 

Entry Fee: $100, deadlines apply

Registration Limit: 400

Date/Time: Saturday July 15, 2017 - Participant check in Friday July 14, 2017

Location: Touring Center Road  --  Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Awards: 

Payout: Top 3 Open Female/Male, Single Speed, Masters 50+

Trail Description: 

Directions: 

From the South – Portland/Massachusetts/New Hampshire
• Option 1: Take I-95 N to Augusta, Exit 112B (formerly 31B). Follow RT 27 N through Farmington and Kingfield, straight to Sugarloaf. The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center is approximately one mile before the Sugarloaf Access Road on the left.
• Option 2: Take Maine Turnpike (I-95 S) to Auburn, Exit 75 (formerly 12). Follow RT 4 N through Farmington. Get on RT 27 N through Kingfield, straight to Sugarloaf. The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center is approximately one mile before the Sugarloaf Access Road on the left.
From the East - Calais and Maritimes/Bangor
• From Calais take RT 9 W to I-395 W to Bangor, to Exit 1A onto I-95 S to Palmyra/Newport, Exit 157 (formerly 39), then RT 2 W to Skowhegan. Get on RT 201 N to RT 148 W through Madison, turn right just after bridge and take RT 201A N to Anson. Take a left onto RT 16 Wt to North New Portland then take a left continuing onto RT 16 W to Kingfield, then cross the bridge and turn right onto RT 27 N to Sugarloaf. The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center is approximately one mile before the Sugarloaf Access Road on the left.
From the West - Montreal
• Head east to Sherbrooke to the end of RT 10. Take RT 112 E to RT 253 S to Cookshire. Take a left onto RT 108 to RT 212 E through La Patrie to Woburn. Take RT 161 S to the U.S. border. Sugarloaf is approximately 58 kilometers south on RT 27. The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center is approximately one mile after the Sugarloaf Access Road on the right.
From the West - Vermont/Western Massachusetts
• Head north on I-91. Take RT 302 E to I-93 S (for four miles) to RT 302 E again. Turn north onto RT 3. At RT 115 junction head east to RT 2 E. At RT 4 head north to RT 27. Continue north on RT 27 to Sugarloaf. The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center is approximately one mile before the Sugarloaf Access Road on the left.

Googlemaps Link: Touring Center Road - Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Course Map: 2015 Strava Link

Trail Description: 

During the past five years approximately $500,000 has been spent building mountain bike trails in the Carrabassett Region. The goal is to construct an iconic mountain bike trail network that is on everybody's "must-ride" list. The region is well on the way to making this a reality through the help of many organizations and individuals including over 5,000 volunteer hours. To date there is approximately 80 miles of riding for all abilities. This includes miles of super flowy, machine-built singletrack and old-school style trails that have been carved out with hand tools and sweat. The Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge (CBCC) is your chance to experience some of this outstanding riding.

The 2017 100K course will be very similar to the 2016 course (Strava link below), with minor tweaks and improvements. Newly constructed singletrack will be incorporated if possible. Initial miles will include great old and new single track at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center before climbing up towards the Sugarloaf Resort

This is a true point-to-point course, no laps here!! Approximately half the riding will be on sweet singletrack, with the remainder of the course being roughly 25% double track and 25% gravel. Total course distance is 100 kilometers (62 miles) with well over 5,000 feet of climbing. Don't burn all your matches at once as you will find some of the most epic climbing near the end!
Like all race courses, the final route is subject to change and may be modified and improved if necessary.

Lodging: 

Free Camping at the Outdoor Center- car camping will be in the lower parking lot area and tent camping in the "stadium" field (no cars on the field)
Sugarloaf Resort - Carrabassett Valley- 1-800-the-loaf
Spillover Motel-Coplin Plantation 207-246-6571
Stratton Motel and Hostels-Stratton 207-246-4171
Stratton Plaza Hotel- Stratton 207-246-2000
White Wolf Inn- Stratton 207-246-2922
Nestlewood Inn- Carrabassett 207-237-2077
The Herbert Grand Hotel- Kingfield 207-265-2000.
The Mountain View Motel http://www.mountainviewmotelmaine.com/
The Tranquility Lodge http://www.tranquillitylodge.com/
The Mountain Village Inn http://mountainvillageinn.com/
One Stanley Avenue http://stanleyavenue.com/

 

Places to Visit: 

Press Coverage: 

Video: 

2016 DirtwireTV Highlight Video

2012 Race Re-Cap Video  (Courtesy of WSKI-TV)