Saturday - August 4th, 2012
Trimble Racing is proud to announce the Hatcher Pass Road Race, an unsanctioned 70 mile dirt road race in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska. The race will begin at the Trimble family cabin near the Independence Mine in the Talkeetna Mountains. After a neutral descent the race will start with a grueling two mile dirt road climb up and over the famous “Hatcher Pass”. At the top of the pass riders will cross over from the Palmer side to the Willow side plummeting down the Willow Fishhook Road, a long and technical gravel descent with endless switchbacks and tricky corners. After the nearly thirty mile descent the road levels out for a few recovery miles. A checkpoint at the intersection of the Parks Highway and Willow-Fishook Road marks the halfway point where riders will turn around and start the long journey back to the Trimble cabin.
The race climbs in reverse back over Hatcher Pass. This is a long but gradual grind that becomes steeper near the top of the pass. The field will be broken into pieces by the summit which is a good thing as a steep and treacherous descent down Hatcher Pass road awaits the riders. At the bottom of the descent riders will make a sharp left and head back uphill. The road here is glass smooth and consists of the only paved section of the entire race. At the end of the paved road the route again becomes gravel and immediately much steeper. After multiple switchbacks at a grade exceeding 20% the summit finish is achieved at the cabin.
A pre-race meal of sour dough pancakes and coffee will be served at the Trimble Cabin. Post race meal will be served.
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