Ok I've given credit where credit is due so now the reason you are here, why do you want to do this race, and are all the rumors that you have heard about Camp Tuscazoar trails are true are they really that horrible and old school?
First why do you want to do the race? We wanted to do a fundraiser for the Camp, which is an old boyscout camp that is now owned by a foundation of camp alumni that wants to "Keep the spirit" of Tuscazoar burning. This is private land that they let us play on, so anything that we can do to help we try to do. So we teamed up with 331 Racing and they gave us a unique proposition, we prep the course, bring in the prizes, food and sponsors, they'll do the scoring bring the atmosphere and help us throw one of the biggest events the camp and Northeast Ohio MTB community has seen in a long time. The heart of this race is a fundraiser and because of that 331 is graciously offered 70% of the profits of this race will go back to the camp, so even if you are not a "racer" or this seems like a long event just come out and have a good time, if you are your teammate each do one lap and then just want to hang out in the pit area, do it, and you will know that most of your entry fee is going to help develop the camp that you are enjoying that much more! To find out more about the race or pre-register (this is a pre-register event only!) click here
Twain of Pain, definitely does not make this sound like a fluffy race does it? This event is going to be a relay race with you and a teammate, for classes you can be on a Co-ed Team, Female Team, and Male Team and there is Open and Novice/Sport divisions. Open teams will have a maximum of 4 laps per teammate for 8 laps total while Novice/Sport does three laps per teammate so 6 laps total. After 6.5 hours the race is over and teams will place based on how many laps they completed or who did the maximum number of laps in the fastest time, nobody will be DNF'd because they did not make all the laps. Every lap will be alternated between teammates as you come into the transistion area you will hand a baton off and send your teammate on there way! Teams wil transistion in the area past the stockade, this is a great area for tents to be set up and give it a festival atmosphere. In between your laps you'll be able to mingle with other racers, walk around a spectate, or just sit in a chair put your feet up and relax, whatever you want to do!
Now the trail report, some of you are probably thinking well I heard it's old school, straight up climbs, doesn't sound fun to me. I'm not going to sugar coat it yes there is climbing, is it impossible ..no. Can you handle Mohican State Park? If you answered yes you can complete a lap of Tuscazoar. Over the last year passionate mountain bikers have started converting some of the hiking trails and added extra trail to make it more mtb friendly, you'll find some switchbacks, some flow, and some climbs that will challenge you no doubt, but lets be honest you didn't get into mountain biking to not be challenged right? Overall the race lap is 6 miles with 1,100 ft. of climbing so per mile you will end up with a little more climbing than Mohican State Park for comparison. Overall the trail is not very technical, almost wide and smooth in many places, the most technical aspect you will run into small armor sections that keep you dry and fast steep downhills (those are fun though right?) Now for a photo preview taking you through the trails of Camp Tuscazoar!
A huge thanks goes out to the our sponsors for the race, Eddy's Bike Shop and Schwalbe Tires for supplying prizes for the Novice/Sport Division. ED&FA of Tuscarawas county for the pint glasses and CAMBA for the tools and donation to help fund this event.