Course Overview: Powder Mountain

Pro Tips: Powder Mountain

August 26, 2017

Course Tips From Pro-Rider:
Justin Lindine

Course Overview

If you’ve been doing the whole I-Cup Series this year, you know we’ve been able to host races at some amazing venues in 2017, from St. George to North Fork Park, the series has seen challenging and fun courses across the state. For the final round of the series though, we might have just saved the best for last with the first ever I-Cup round at Powder mountain. This race is sure to offer up a thrilling finale to the 2017 series, and help to crown worthy champions of the series overall titles. The trail network at Powder Mountain offers up some amazing riding with the most 360 degree panoramic views to be found anywhere on the bike, and since the race basically starts almost atop the mountain at 8200ft with a max elevation of apx. 8900ft, the course is rolling and fast throughout. The I-Cup course is going to take you on an all-encompassing 15-mile lap of this trail network as you circumvent the top ridgeline of the ski area. The full-distance lap (there will be a short course for JH Boys, JV Girls, JH Girls and Novice Men’s and Women’s categories) will feature apx. 2000ft. of climbing starting from the Timberline Lodge where parking and the start/finish will be located.

Lap Distance
2.1 / 17 Miles

Elevation Gain
500 / 1,800'

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Start to Brim

From the start directly behind the lodge, the race will immediately tackle a tough .7 mile dirt road climb that should serve to sort things out before the first singletrack. The surface of the dirt road is good, and it is quite wide so this is a great opportunity to move forward in your group and make the selection heading into the trails. From the top of this climb the course will turn right down a short steep gravel descent before crossing the resorts paved road, joining up and turning left on the Paper Airplane Trail. Starting off as a slight climb before dipping and rolling its way across the shoulder of the mountain, Paper Airplane is fast and semi-technical traverse of about 2 miles. From the end of Paper Airplane riders will turn right onto the resorts paved road for a brief respite as they make their way to the rapidly legendary Brim Trail. This road section is an excellent place to remember to drink and eat, as much of this course is fast enough it can be a challenge to reach down while on the trails.

When the pavement ends, the real fun begins as riders will tackle the 6.3 mile Brim Trail which winds through the trees and fields with as much flow as an XC racer could hope for. There are some rock gardens and fast berms to keep you on your toes, but this is the section of course to put it in your biggest gear and hammer. While being exceptionally fast and largely singletrack, Brim Trail does have passing opportunities especially in the second half of the lap as it trends slightly uphill.

The Transition

After Brim Trail, racers will bear right onto Doctors Dozen which starts friendly enough, but soon starts to climb up to the courses high point, albeit never too steeply in one pitch. After reaching the high point at roughly mile 11.5, Doctors Dozen takes you down slope with a series of tight switchbacks, and towards the bottom berms, before you spill out and turn left on an access road for the courses last real challenge and likely the spot to launch a winning late-race attack, a half-mile grunt up the dirt road before turning right on to Britton’s Ribbon which winds you, mostly downhill, back to the start/finish at Timberline Lodge where you’ll either be finishing, or heading out for a second lap depending on your category. The final series of fast switchbacks could provide some thrilling races to the line if two or more riders are coming in together, so positioning in the final descent could be critical. If you’re lapping, you’ll head back out the same as the first lap and this dirt road is the second best place on course for eating and drinking.

The Split/Conclusion

If you’re a racer in one of the junior categories that I mentioned will be on a shorter course, your race will start and finish in the same place, but after the first .7 mile climb up the dirt road you will deviate left directly onto the Britton’s Ribbon Trail to wind your way back to the base area. This makes for a fun, and challenging 2.1 mile loop with roughly 420ft of vertical a lap. Your race will be 3 laps of this challenging loop.

This is an epic loop that really captures some of the most amazing things high-alpine riding in UT has to offer. The trails are fast, flowy and fun and the views are incredible. Look for high average speeds, and an estimated fastest lap time pushing the one-hour mark, but with the average probably being closer to 1:25. Make sure your tires are in good shape, as rocks will come up at you pretty fast on some of the quicker sections of this course. We look forward to seeing everyone there who has made the I-Cup Series such a success in 2017 for this truly grand finale.

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,, 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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