Race Description: 125K (75 Miles) of Single Track in the Ozark Mountains of North Central Arkansas Race
Packet Pick Up: Packet pick up and rider check in will be available on Friday, May 17th from 3pm til 8pm, on the outdoor patio of El Tres Amigos Restaurant, on the East side of the square in downtown Mountain View. Pick up and check in will also be available at 6am at the Big Pavilion at Blanchard Springs on Saturday, May 19th.
Drop Bags: Each rider will be allowed to place a total of 2 drop bags at any of the 3 Check Points / Aid Stations. Bags must be left at Packet Pick Up / Check In on Friday night. There will be containers at registration for each checkpoint. Keep in mind that the Bad Branch Trail Head will serve as CP 3, CP 4 and CP 5. All drop bags must be in sealed 1 Gallon Ziplock Bags. It is the rider,s responsibility to clearly mark the bag with their rider number. Rider numbers will be posted on the website, and be available at check in..
Course Description: The 125K course will be identical to the Syllamo’s Revenge course up to the single track intersection with Blanchard Road, where the Syllamo’s Revenge competitors turn right on Blanchard Road to return to the Start/Finish. NOTE: The 125K begins at 7:00am
All Checkpoints will have water, HEED, Bananas, Oranges, and PB&J.
Approximate distance to checkpoints:
The 125K course will not turn right on Blanchard Road, but will continue straight across Blanchard Road onto the Jack’s Branch (Yellow) Loop. Riders will continue LEFT on this loop at it’s intersection with the Scrappy Mountain (Blue) Loop. (The first lap turns right on Blue and proceeds to CP 1. The trail to the right will be blocked with white trail tape to avoid confusion.)
Riders will continue on the Jacks Branch (Yellow) until they reach the Bad Branch Trailhead, which will be CP 4. (same as CP 3.) Riders will repeat the Bad Branch (Red) Loop, skirt the edge of the Bad Branch TrailHead, ride a short section of the Yellow Loop, turn Right on Blanchard Road, (The road that the climb to start the race), turn Left on the paved road at the bottom, and return the Pavilion area and the Finish Line.
Awards: Stone awards and cash prizes will be given to the Top 3 finishers in each of the following divisions. Payouts will be determined based on the number of entries in each division with a $250 bonus given to the Race Winner.
Web Site: Syllamo's Revenge
Registration: Register Here
Date/Time: May 18th, 2013 7am
Location: Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail, Mountain View, AR
Trail Description: IMBA Epic Designated Trail Rules: All NUE Series rules apply to the Syllamo 125.
Directions: Directions to Blanchard Springs Recreation Area
From Mountain View: West on Main Street from Court Square. Turn Right on AR 87 North at City Hall. (2 blocks from the square) AR 87 ends at AR 14. Turn left on 14, then right at Blanchard Springs Recreation Area.
From Little Rock: Take AR 67/167 North to AR 5 North. (Exit at Cabot) Follow AR 5 North all the way into Mountain View. Be careful not miss Hwy 5’s left turn 2 miles past Drasco, AR. At the first stoplight, turn right on AR 5,9, &14 and travel approximately 5 miles. You will go down the mountain and turn Left on AR 14 West toward Fifty Six, AR. This turn will be opposite Angler’s Restaurant. Blanchard Springs will be approximately 6 miles on your right.
From Springfield/Harrison: Take Hwy 65 S to Marshall, AR. Turn left on AR 14 East. You’ll pass through Harriet, Big Flat, and Fifty Six, AR. Blanchard Springs will be on your left as you leave the town of Fifty Six.
From Memphis: Take I-55 North to AR 64 West to Bald Knob. Take AR 67 North toward Batesville. Turn Left, at stoplight, on AR 14 West and follow into Mountain View. Turn right at the first stoplight on AR 5,9, &14. Go down the mountain and turn left on AR 14 West. This turn will be opposite Anglers Restaurant. Blanchard Springs will be approximately 6 miles on your right.
From St Louis: Take I-44 S to Rolla. Take MO 63 South to West Plains. Turn right on MO 160 West to a spot in the road called South Fork. (Approximately 6 miles south of West Plains) Turn left on Hwy E, which turns into AR 223 South. Follow AR 223 South through Viola, AR into Calico Rock. Turn Right on AR 56 West. Go though Calico Rock to the stop sign. Turn Left on AR 5 South and cross the White River. Turn right on AR 14 West. (Approximately 16 miles) Blanchard Springs will be approximately 6 miles on your right.
From Fort Smith/Conway: Take I-40 East to Morrilton. Exit on AR 9 North to Choctaw. Stay on AR 9/AR 65 through Clinton. AR 9 will turn right just out of Clinton, and continue to Mountain View, (road is very curvy, so be careful), ending downtown at the square. Follow directions above from Mountain View.
Course Description: The ride will start and finish at the Big Pavilion in Blanchard Springs Recreation Area. Directions to Blanchard Springs, and the Syllamo Trail Map can be found on the website under the MAPS tab.
Other than the road to and from the Pavilion to Blanchard Road, your tires will touch pavement only to cross Hwy 5 two times. If you find yourself on a paved surface, you’re off the course. In addition, if you find yourself riding on a road that is not explicitly mentioned in the route plan, and marked with white arrows, you’re off the course. There are a few places that the loops use short sections of old log roads to connect, but carsonite posts, with colored blazes that match the loop color, point riders in the right direction. The route will also be marked with white arrows in as many of these places as possible. There is some trail tape along the course that is left from anultra running event, but the Syllamo’s Revenge is not marked with any tape or ribbon.
The START (Blanchard Campground), is the Red Dot just above the Legend at the lower left section of the trail system map. Blanchard Road is outlined in a thin double black line, and parallels the left side of Jack’s Branch (Yellow) Loop.
Riders will leave the Big Pavilion at Blanchard Springs Campground and travel approximately 2/10ths of a mile, then TURN RIGHT onto Blanchard Road, which is a gated Forest Service Road. You will travel 9/10ths of a mile up Blanchard Road, at an 11% grade, until you TURN RIGHT onto Jack’s Branch Loop (Yellow). This will be the beginning of the single track, and from this point, you will not ride on any dirt road that is not well marked with white arrows, until you return to Blanchard Road, approximately 46 miles later, to return to the campground for the Finish.
Ride Jack’s Branch (Yellow) in a counter clockwise direction. At approximately the ½ mile mark, there will be a 90 degree intersection where the trail drops down into Blanchard Campground. TURN LEFT. DO NOT DROP DOWN INTO BLANCHARD! Approximately 1.7 miles later, another segment of the trail will VEER RIGHT and drop down into Blanchard. STAY LEFT! Proceed on Jack’s Branch (Yellow) until the intersection with the Scrappy Mtn Loop (Blue), and TURN RIGHT on Scrappy Mtn Loop (Blue). You will not pass by the Scrappy Mtn Trail Head at this point, so there will be and unmanned water station at the intersection. (It 4.5 more miles to the first Aid Station).
Proceed on the Scappy Mtn Loop (Blue) until it’s intersection with the Bald Scrappy Loop (Orange). Stay STRAIGHT on Bald Scrappy (Orange), (marked with white arrows) and proceed into the White River Bluff Trail Head, where Aid Station/Check Point #1 will be. All riders must make sure that the workers at Check Point 1 record your number.
Exit the trail head at the bottom right corner of the trail head on the White River Bluff Loop (Green). After a short section, you will come to Townsend Road. You will see a post with the WRB Loop Green Blaze on it straight across the road. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT ACROSS! Stay right on Townsend Road, which will be marked with white arrows, until it makes a right bend at approximately 150 yards, where white arrows on the road will point you RIGHT onto the White River Bluff Loop (Green). The loop will be ridden counter clockwise and return to Townsend Road. Follow the arrows to the RIGHT and then IMMEDIATELY LEFT onto GREEN ROAD for a 50 yard segment to a RIGHT TURN onto the Bald Scrappy Loop (Orange). (The trail is straight across Green Road from the White River Bluff Trail Head.)
Stay on the Bald Scrappy Loop (Orange), which will have two places where the trail has 90 degree turns onto old roads for 30-50 yard segments. Carsonite posts with Orange Blazes mark the turns at all intersections, so be sure to pay close attention. Continue on Bald Scrappy (Orange) to the next intersection, and turn RIGHT onto Scrappy Mtn Loop (Blue). Cross Livingston Creek and continue on the Scrappy Mtn Loop (Blue) and cross AR Hwy 5 into the Hwy 5 Trail Head, and Aid Station/Check Point #2. All riders must make sure that the workers at Check Point 2 Record your number!
Ride STRAIGHT through the Hwy 5 Trail Head, on Scrappy Mtn (Blue) up the gated path until the trail TURNS LEFT into the forest. The trail will come to AR Hwy 5, wher you will go straight across, cross Livingston Creek, and veer to the LEFT. This road will be marked with arrows, bend to the right, and then TURN LEFT, cross a small creek and head up the mountain. You will have a climb up the Scrappy Mtn Loop (Blue), then cross Green Road to the intersection of the Jack’s Branch Loop (Yellow).
TURN RIGHT on Jack’s Branch Loop (Yellow), which will cross Green Road, and bring you into the Bad Branch Trail Head and Aid Station/Check Point #3. All riders must make sure that the workers at Check Point 3 record your number!
Exit the Bad Branch Trail Head onto the Bad Branch Loop (Red), on the Green Road side of the trail head, and ride the loop in a Counter Clockwise direction. The loop has 4 “bail outs” that turn to the inside and dead end at Green Road. Stay to the OUTSIDE/RIGHT at each of these bail outs. The Bad Branch Loop (Red) is approximately 13 miles, and will come back into the Bad Branch Trail Head to the final checkpoint. Make sure that the workers at this Check Point record your number too!
Exit the Bad Branch Trail Head onto the Jack’s Branch Loop (Yellow), at the forest side of the trail head, and ride the loop approximately 1.3 miles to intersection with Blanchard Road. Continue straight across Blanchard Road onto the Jack’s Branch (Yellow) Loop. Riders will continue LEFT on this loop at its intersection with the Scrappy Mountain (Blue) Loop. (The first lap turns right onBlue and proceeds to CP 1. The trail to the right will be blocked with white trail tape to avoid confusion.)
Riders will continue on the Jacks Branch (Yellow) until they reach the Bad Branch Trailhead, which will be CP 4. (same as CP 3.) Riders will repeat the Bad Branch (Red) Loop, skirt the edge of the Bad Branch Trailhead, ride a short section of the Yellow Loop, turn Right on Blanchard Road, (The road that the climb to start the race), turn Left on the paved road at the bottom, and return the Pavilion area and the Finish Line.
Facilities: Blanchard Springs Campground has campsites and race director has both group camps reserved that will accommodate 80 tent campers. Rec area has Restrooms and Hot Showers.
Places to Visit: Blanchard Springs Caverns, The largest living cave in the United States
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