Course Overview: North Fork

Pro Tips: North Fork

August 12, 2017

Course Tips From Pro-Rider:
Justin Lindine

Course Overview

The all-new Intermountain Cup course at North Fork Park in Eden, UT promises to be one of the faster rounds of the 2017 season. Tucked in the northern corner of the Ogden Valley, in the shadow of Ben Lomond Peak, this approximately seven-mile course will feature a deceiving 1200+ feet of climbing on each of it’s serpentine laps. The trails are largely buff and wind in and out of the woods offering views of the amazing mountain backdrop when you’re not too anaerobic to notice.

Lap Distance
7 Miles

Elevation Gain
1200'

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Start

The course will feature a hard uphill start on some of the dirt roads that loop through North Fork Park before taking a left-hand turn into singletrack and descending to the low point of the course at roughly 5,300′. Positioning going into this turn will be important, as passing will be tricky on this tight and twisting descent.

The Climb

From there it’s almost all uphill for the next few miles as the course winds up to the high point at 6’200ft. The course utilizes mostly singletrack to climb, but also has one extended section of dirt road in the middle, which will be an ideal place for both passing as well as making sure to eat and drink. From this dirt road it will be left turn back into the woods for a brief descent that features some of the best flow of the whole course before heading once again skyward towards the summit of the lap.

The Descent

After cresting the top riders will be challenged by a descent that while not overly technical, does feature a number of challenging switchbacks where good technique will allow for better momentum out of each turn and save you precious energy as the laps wear on and as you race towards the finish which comes quickly at the bottom of the descent.

About Justin Lindine

Justin Lindine has been racing at the elite national level for over 12 years now spanning the disciplines of XC mountain biking, Cyclocross and Road. He got his start racing for the Windham Mountain Outfitters junior development team, then moved on to race for Targetraining, BikeReg.com/Cannondale, Joe's Garage, Redline Factory, and most recently Apex/NBX/Trek. Currently Justin races mtb in the spring and summer and cyclocross in the fall and winter. He's had 9 elite UCI cyclocross wins in his career, as well as being a two time winner of the Tran-Sylvania Epic Mtb Stage Race, True Grit 50, Wasatch Back 50, and The I-Cup Thaw Massacre. He's participated in the ABSA Cape Epic mtb stage race, widely recognized as the "Tour de France" of mountain biking, where he finished 9th on one of the stages. He's also won a number of gravel races including The Barry Roubaix and Paris to Ancaster. In addition to his title sponsors for 2017, Justin is excited to work with many awesome partnering sponsors including; Vittoria tires, Hyperthreads clothing, ProGold lubricants and cleaning products, TOGS, and Reynolds wheels. This season he'll be competing in a mix of endurance XC events as well as two mtb stage races and the Intermountain Cup Series.

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