This last weekend’s warm weather and the continued warmer weather over the last few days have rendered the race course for the Cuyuna Whiteout a bit icy.
Because of that, the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew are HIGHLY RECOMMENDING that all racers and riders have studded tires. Studs can be home-made, screw-in or factory studded tires.
We will be working over the next few days to try and mitigate the icy conditions on the race course, but ultimately, we will have to operate in an environment of safety. That means recommending studs in the short run and, should conditions stay icy, making a decision on the race course location and time.
We understand that the singletrack based race course is the reason many of you registered. We want that too. However, we have also don’t want the 2015 Iron Yeti SnoXross to be remembered as the 2015 Iron Yeti Ice Flow of Death.
Which brings us to what happens if the iciness continues and the trails do not meet our high safety standards.
Cuyuna Has Options
Unlike other venues Cuyuna has some options.
One option is to simply move the race to the Sagamore Unit. The race would loose its singletrack miles, but Sagamore is better equipped for marginal conditions and would allow us to run the race (and associated events) as scheduled.
Another option would be to reschedule the 2015 Cuyuna Whiteout to another weekend. The hope is that by that time the iciness will have subsided or snow will have fallen. However, if conditions are not improved, the only recourse we would have at that point is to cancel the event.
The last option would be to cancel the 2015 Cuyuna Whiteout and hope that Mother Nature is more accommodating in 2016.
Registered riders and racers will be receiving an email with a one-question survey to better gauge the preferences of those that have signed up for the SnoXross Races/Rides. Look for those in your inbox here soon.
We will make a final determination on Tuesday, February 3rd at 10:00am.
Till then we will watch the weather and do our best to make the SnoXross course the best we can.