Three Race Courses!

The 2016 FAT 55 will offer a course for every rider from beginner to pro. F.A.T stands for Fatty, 50 miles, A– Kicker, 21 miles, Throwback, 11 miles.

THROWBACK. Start at Oakridge High School, race through Uptown Oakridge to Salmon Creek Road, climb up a short gravel road climb, descend the fast and flowy singletrack with a few short climbs on Lower Dead Mountain Trail back down to Salmon Creek road. Cross over and follow the river upstream along a mixture of road and trail to Aid Station #1 then cruise down the amazingly fun North Salmon Trail back downriver to  the Oakridge Fish Hatchery. Jump on the Salmon Creek levee trail and finish at Greenwaters Park where music, friends, food, refreshments and an award ceremony await you. This course will take from 1 to 2 hours to complete. It features 50% singletrack and approximately 400′ of climbing. Race starts at 10 a.m. on June 11, 2016. 

A–KICKER. All of the Throwback and more. Climb all the way to the tippy top of Dead Mountain to Aid Station #2, then swoop back down again. This trail is Oakridge’s newest trail and first purpose built mountain bike flow trail. This course also is over 50% singletrack and challenges racers with around 3,000′ of climbing. Same start and finish as Throwback. Race starts at 9:50 a.m. on June 11, 2016 and will take from 2 to 3-1/2 hours to complete. 

 

 

FATTY. Same start and finish location as the Throwback and Kicker but with a 7 a.m. start time. This is a big and gnarly ride that features the best of what Oakridge trails are famous for. This 50 mile big mountain race is also a throwback to the 55 miler of the FAT in 2010 that gave this event it’s name. A 4-1/2 to 7-1/2 hour ride with around 6,500′ of climbing. In addition to all of what the Throwback and Kicker racers get to ride, this also includes  Aid Station #3 in Greenwaters Park, then crosses the river bridge to climb up a combination of gravel and paved roads to Larison Creek Trail. Not for the faint of heart or lung, racers then will enjoy a fun and flowy gradual climb up the first 3 miles of Larison Creek Trail, then challenge themselves with another 3-1/2 miles of technical and steep climbing on the wild and woolly Upper Larison Creek Trail. Racers then will be rewarded with a fast and rolling (some up and down but mostly down) descent of 8-1/2 miles of wild and remote gravel road and double track to Aid Station #4, then a 2 mile climb on traffic free pavement followed by a screaming fast descent down Larison Rock Trail to the finish at Greenwaters Park. Aid Stations: 1-Road 24-207, North Salmon Trailhead. 2-Top of Dead Mountain Trailhead. 3-Greenwaters Park. 4- Rd2102-101 Junction. Course Marshalls will also be at important junctions.

Awards for all racers will be at the Siuslaw Bank Amphitheater in Greenwaters Park at 4 pm on June 11, 2016. There will be music, food, beer and non-alcoholic refreshments available for all racers, volunteers and visitors.

All three race courses have some challenging trail. There are steep sections,  tight switchbacks and remote areas where evacuating an injured rider would be a long and difficult process.  Due to the length and remoteness of the courses some hazardous features may not be marked. Ride within your limits, you are riding in remote areas and the course has limited cell phone coverage.  These trails are awesome and diverse, the views are amazing, and the support is solid. We promise to do our best to make this a great day on your bike.

Norm Coyer, Director and Co-creator,  FAT 55, 2016

Eugene Cathcart, Co-Creator, Fat 55, Director 2010-2015
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Awards will be 4 pm in Greenwaters Park: 48362 Highway 58 Oakridge, Oregon 97463