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Galena Fest (2010)

dates September 25, 2010September 26, 2010
http://renogalenafest.com/ 18350 Mt Rose Hwy, Reno, NV 89511, USA [large map] 39.3545, -119.856
World http://renogalenafest.com/
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Galena Fest focuses on two major mountain bike races, The Bloody Rose – nearly 12 miles and 4,000 feet and The Thorn – an easier 5 mile climb. There are also several other family friendly events including mountain bike races for kids, a sand castle contest and a barbecue.

Hill Climb

Course Description: Two races:

  • The Bloody Rose Mountain Bike Hillclimb: 11.7 mile climb to 10,128 feet with 4000 feet of climbing
  • The Thorn Mountain Bike Hillclimb: 5 miles to 8,100 feet with 1,900 feet of climbing.

The Bloody Rose provides mountain bikers with two of the hardest challenges in the western United States. 11.7 miles in length at an average of 6.5 percent gradient, the course throws in several sections steeper than 15 percent, mixing in single track, fire roads, and sections of pavement.

The first true test for riders is a 15 percent grade aptly named “Wall of Death”, knobby tires fighting for traction on the sandy surface. Continuing up the mountain, survivors will pass over the highest year-round road in the Sierras, get a brief downhill respite, then commence a death march up NFD 051.

The next four miles are as much about survival as they are about speed. Riders will be cursing the small downhill when they make the final hairpin for the last quarter mile climb. When “Funeral Hill” ramps up to 16 percent, riders have to dodge softball-sized rocks and sear their lungs at almost two miles above sea level. Many will be getting off to walk. Those that make it up almost 4,000 feet to the 10,128 ft summit will be treated to amazing views of Lake Tahoe and Washoe Valley and a special finisher’s T-shirt.


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