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Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest "Team Challenge" | October 14

This is no place to lollygag, cruise and dawdle, here you gotta push, pedal, jump and corner!

1 DAY | 4 RACES | YOUR CHOSEN TEAM

Team Relay Race
Team Time Trial
Downhill Race
Cross Country Race

Interlaced amongst the Killbuck Valley hillside is a trail system that offers varied terrain and trails only limited by the imagination of those wielding the tools to sculpt this junk filled earth. Vulture's Knob beckons unto you for a day of fun with friends in a unique and challenging mountain bike format: Dr. Knobs Malevolent Team Challenge

Grab three carefully selected friends and begin to prepare for a day of racing unlike any other in your cycling experience.

Your team will be faced with competing in four events, with each member's effort contributing to the overall composite final time.

PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY EVENT This unique Vulture's Knob fundraiser is a pre-registration only event and limited to the first 50 teams. Registration will close at midnight Oct 8.

"see details tab for event specifics" | ADJUSTED & IMPROVED TIME BONUSES for 2015




Saturday evening is Vintage VK apparel night - wear those old Vulture's Knob jackets, shirts, jerseys and hats!

Groovy Cycleworks Saturday Night ROAST: This recovery dinner is going down a little different for the team challenge finale. How about a combined POT LUCK and roast courtesy of Groovy Cycleworks. For Saturday evening the fine folks at Groovy Cycleworks will be roasting up some tasty pork, so we are simply asking you to bring a dish to share with everyone and help celebrate a season of racing. Music, food and good times will accompany.

AWARDS CEREMONY
following completion of all events the days events will be recognized and presented awards.

RECOVERY & REHYDRATE PARTY
After the awards enjoy live music from the Adam and the AuntAcids as the traditional bonfire will be lit while the moon raises over Vulture's Knob.



**EVENT WEATHER UPDATE: ** Event delays, cancellations and other weather related information will be posted here.





REGISTRATION INFORMATION: see details tab

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EVENT SCHEDULE
October 14 | Saturday
Race #1 - Cross Country 9:00am start
Race #2 - Downhill Race
Race #3 - Team Time Trial
Race #4 - Team Relay Race

THE EVENT
The Cross Country Race - Your day begins with a single lap around the cross country course. Go as fast as you dare, your team's individual times will be added together to create a composite time, logged, then we're off to the next stage.

The Downhill Race - All four of you will gather your will and courage in the upper field to begin the sprint into the downhill course, jumping (if you care to), twisting and rolling your way all the way to the Killbuck Valley. Your times will be tracked from top to bottom, your team mates leaving in one minute intervals. Once at the bottom, re-group, catch a collective breath and switch mental gears.

The Uphill Team Time Trial - Looming just pedal strokes away from the downhill finish... four individuals working as one, racing up the rocky lane toward the vista located above the valley's canopy of green. In true team fashion, the time will be set by the third person across the finish line, allowing for at least one member of your group to slow down to vomit, curl up in a ball, and maybe cry a little. Give each other a high five and get that spirit ready for the next anaerobic thrashing.

The Team Short Track Relay Race - Each member taking turns in relay fashion to complete a total of 12 laps around the 1 mile short track course, passing a Hawaiian Lai to the next rider at the completion of each lap. It'll be an all out brawl in the transition zone, so have a plan in place on where to make the swap and be as efficient as possible. The team's total time will be logged when the final rider completes lap 12.

TEAM SELECTION BONUS - ADJUSTED & IMPROVED TIME BONUSES for 2015
Not only will fitness and a good bit of luck foretell your team's opportunity for victory, so too will carefully selecting your team members. In an effort to encourage those with less testosterone, experience, or wisdom that would normally keep a sane person from joining this effort, we are offering a 7 minute time bonus for Women, Under 18 Juniors, over age 60 big kids, and Clydesdales over 225 pounds. Each team may apply the time bonus category to each member who qualifies, thus a bonus may used 4 times per team, however only one time bonus per individual. Example: Your team has 3 men (age 17, 24, 65, all under 225#s) and one women (age 15)...you will receive a 7 minute bonus for the 60+ male, a 7 minute bonus for the under 18 male, and a 7 minute bonus for the female = 21 minutes off your total time. Example number two, your team has two juniors and two women...you will receive two 7 minute bonus for the junior category and two 7 minute bonus for the women category = 28 minutes off your total time. A team consisting of 4 women will receive a time bonus of 28 minutes or a team consisting of 4 juniors will receive a time bonus of 28 minutes.


CAMPING - Primitive camping is available and encouraged - showers available.


Race Fees:
This is a Vulture's Knob Fundraiser. All proceeds will go directly to the trail system.
$199 per team

PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY EVENT This unique Vulture's Knob fundraiser is a pre-registration only event and limited to the first 50 teams. Registration will close at midnight Oct 8.

FAQ
Q-What's up with this time bonus, 15 minutes seems very generous?
A- Choose your teams wisely and you will be awarded - the time bonus is to encourage diversity in your team selection.

Q- How is start order determined for the events?
A- the XC and team relay are mass start events. The Downhill start times will be determined based on date entry is received.

Q- How many can be on a team?
A- 4

Q- What are the divisions/classes?
A- one open division, chose your team members wisely

Q- Short Track Relay Race laps?
A - The Hawaiian Lai must be transferred to "different" team member each lap, no multi-staking laps. Lai must be intact, if broken at any time during race a new lai must be obtained before next lap can be started. Teams must alternate through all four riders in a sequential order.

Q - Can I use my quiver of specific bikes for each race discipline and have them staged throughout the venue?
A - Choose your bike wisely my friend, for only 1 bike will be allowed, in other words the same bike must be used for all 4 races.

Q - Can I use my downhill bike for the downhill race, my XC bike for the XC race, my short track bike for the short track race and my time trial bike for the team trial?
A- only 1 bike for all 4 events, in other words the same bike must be used for all 4 races so choose your bike and teammates wisely.

Q - Where can i find teammates?
A - Want to participate in Dr. Knob's Malevolent Team Challenge but don't have three friends you can convince to join you on a team? Check the top of the 331 Facebook page for a post allowing folks to post up in the comment area if they are seeking teammates.



Vulture's Knob is privately owned and maintained by the 331 crew. VK consists of 125 acres along the majestic and mighty Killbuck River in the rolling hills of Wooster Ohio. The trail system about 30 miles southwest of Akron and has hosted a full mountain bike race schedule, including night races, a 24 hour race, and an adventure race, "The Knob" is considered the most technical single track in northeastern Ohio. Small painted signs give indication about what to expect around the next turn, with names like Rock Tunnel, Fern Gully, Oh Sh#!, Friar Bryan's Forest, Ant City ...well, you get the idea. Creative and fun.

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Vulture's Knob helped launch and establish the sport over 15 years ago. However, this has not always been the case; this venue was once a county farmers land fill. The 331 Crew has accepted the environmental challenge no one else dared to consider and turned it into a sustainable venture with mountain bike and running trails, a 6 acre mulch and organic food waste facility, and evergreen tree farm with several thousand trees. We aim to continue our efforts to clean and develop this once useless 125 acres.

The established facility contains parking, permanent restrooms and shower facilities, primitive camping areas, a staging area with pavilion at the start finish line that provides the backbone for a network of challenging single track and technical trails. Over 100 races have been run at the Knob including epic 12 hour and 24 hour races, adventure races along with the popular cross-country race series. The facilities are open 365 days a year for open riding and camping. Thousands of people from all over the country visit Vulture's Knob year round, not just to race, but for the daily open riding, it is one of the most reviewed trails in Ohio according to mountain bike trail review pages.




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