Ten hours filled with pedal pushing
Local cyclists will have an opportunity to test their pain thresholds next Saturday as the second Park City Perfect 10 puts tires on dirt at Deer Valley Resort.
The Perfect 10, an endurance event, starts on July 12 at 7 a.m. and ends 5 p.m. Athletes can enter the event in a number of different competitive categories. Those groups include: single, duo and relay teams of four. All team events are either single-sex or co-ed. As a total of 80 to 100 entrants are expected, all cyclists have a strong chance of taking home some schwag as winners in their respective categories.
Last year, the course took cyclists around The Canyons resort, but this year, the event winds through the Silver Lake area of Deer Valley. The seven-mile course encompasses the Mid-Mountain Trail, Big Bear, the Flagstaff Loop, and Deer Camp and works its way down Nail Driver. The course should have a total of 1,000 feet in elevation change on mostly single-track trails. The snow near the higher elevations on the course recently melted leaving the trail in good condition with surprisingly little dust.
Heinrich Deters, who helped organize the event for his second year, said that some of the trails have been adjusted and are now a little more gradual than before. Although many of the entrants will compete as solo cyclists and run out the 10-hour clock on their own, Deters said that more casual athletes can also enjoy the course and the race.
While singletrack can be intimidating for racers, the Perfect 10 will begin with a Le Mans style start which should effectively spread competitors. This style of start requires cyclists to dismount from their bikes at the start line and run a short lap on foot before returning their bikes and taking a running start before they push pedals. The first lap around the course will also integrate an initial climb up a wider fire road allowing stronger climbers to distance themselves from the pack almost immediately.
From that point forward, the ride will follow the circular course and, depending on each entrant’s category, riders will either pedal out for 10 hours or slap hands with teammates and ride it as a relay. Every cyclist in a team of four can expect several hours between laps making it a good option for novice or recreational entrants.
The event will benefit the Mountain Trails Foundation and Fidelity Investments will donate $2,500 to that non-profit organization in honor of the race winners who will be honored directly following the final lap. Prizes and participant schwag were donated by Jans Mountain Outfitters.
Following the race, cyclists are invited to stick around and enjoy and informal after-party at the finish line or join the crowd at the Royal Street Café. Others might also choose to cap off the day by attending the Aimee Mann and Marc Cohn concert at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater at 7 p.m., if tickets are still available.
Registration for the event closes on July 11 and participants may register online at http://www.parkcityperfect10.com until that time. Registrants can also pick up their packets and numbers on July 11 at the Silver Lake Lodge. There will be no onsite registration on the day of the race. Cyclists should show up for the race at 5:30 a.m. and Deters reminds all the athletes to eat a good breakfast and pace themselves. As long as cyclists keep themselves from getting caught in their "red-zone," it should be a fun, if not completely exhausting, event.
What: Park City Perfect 10 -an endurance cycling event
Where: Deer Valley Resort, Silver Lake Lodge and trails throughout the area.
When: July 12, cyclists should arrive at 5:30 a.m. and the event will continue to 5 p.m. with awards immediately after.
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