Chomolungma Challenge August 24

Jul 29, 2013 at 15:24
Jul 29, 2013
by Jay Schultz  
 
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Join Snowshoe Bike Park August 16th amp 17th for the 3rd Annual Chomolungma Challenge at Snowshoe Bike Park.

The Chomolungma Challenge is a unique Downhill Endurance Race in which racers, competing solo or on teams of 2 or 4, compete to be the first to complete 20 top to bottom runs on the Western Territory. Each lap is 1500 vertical feet. By the end of the race teams will accumulate 30,000 vertical feet, surpassing the elevation of Mt. Everest.

Racers will compete on two race tracks throughout the day. Solo racers on one track, and team racers on the other to start the event, but half-way through all competitors will switch tracks and finish on the other.

With $6,200 in Cash guaranteed and thousands more in Prizes already in the purse, the Chomolungma Challenge is one of the Premier Bike Park Endurance Events of 2013!



When:
Saturday August 24, 2013

Where:
10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, WV 26209

Registration:
Bikereg.com

Entry Cost:
Reference Bikereg online registration page for exact pricing

Awards/Prizes:
In addition to the cash prizes below, each competitor finishing in the top 3 places of each category will be awarded trophies. Every competitor completing the Chomolungma Challenge within the time limit will also receive a medal of achievement. Additional prizes will be given away during the awards ceremony from top industry sponsors!

Men's Solo
First $1,000
Second $750
Third $500
Fourth $250
Fifth $100

Women's Solo
First $600
Second $400
Third $300
Fourth $200
Fifth $100

Open Duo Class
First $1000
Second $600
Third $400

Schedule:
Specifics TBD

Race Information:
Premium Pit Station are available (see Bikereg.com registration for more information)
Registration price includes:
- Entry Fee
- Official Chomolungma Challenge T-Shirt
- Official Chomolungma Challenge Poster
- Limited Race Day Nutrition & Hydration Support
- Entry into Sponsor Product Give-a-ways
Online Registration Closes Friday, August 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM, Eastern Standard Time
Contact: bike@snowshoemountain.com

General Park Information:
Lift Schedule
- Western Territory: Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-4:30pm
- Basin: Saturday 10am-4:30pm, Sunday, 10am-4:30pm

Event Links:
FB Event Page
Event Webpage

Lodging:
Snowshoe Lodging
Spruce Realty
First Tracts Rentals

Other Information:
Snowshoe Bike Park Website

Watch the 2012 Event Video:


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26 Comments

  • + 3
 Looks like a lot of fun, and watching the 2012 video I'm surprised to see that it looks pretty mellow, but the few times that I rode at Snowshoe I got my butt handed to me, that place is no joke. I can't imagine how I'd feel after 20 laps at race pace.
  • + 1
 I did it last year on a Titus el guapo with an RS totem (180) and a van R rear shock. It was alot of fun and this year I am doing it again. I'll be on my stumpy evo with a new pike and stock rear shock, lets hope they last 20 laps! Also finished last year in 17th and hope to do atleast that and maybe hit 15th.
  • + 3
 Why no equal pay for women? That is some bullshit! Aside from that, looking forward to this event. Was awesome last year and should be great again this year.
  • + 2
 Law of Supply and Demand......
  • - 1
 that doesn't make sense, if that were the case shouldn't women have a bigger prize money because there are fewer of them? anyway snowshoe yeeha!
  • + 5
 I'm pretty sure that the prize money is based off of how many people show up for the event. There will more than likely be a larger group of men entering the race so the purse for men can be bigger than for the smaller group of women. I know thats how its done at the local events around the PNW at least.
  • + 2
 L of S and demand doesn't apply via conventional definition I guess, bad analogy....what I meant was more men means more entry fee's mean's more money for payouts.....I won't get into the whole equality thing as a detailed discussion due to my personal feelings differing with logistics in the real world.
  • + 1
 The entry for both men and women draw from the same number of total allotted slots, so it's not a matter of the entry fees not covering it. I brought the point up as I know several strong female pro riders who are very capable of the win and deserve the same reward I would receive for the same "work".
  • + 1
 And my statements come based upon very informed knowledge of how the race was run last year under Mike Baker. So I am not just spouting misinformation about the total number is allotted spots.. I am pretty informed about how the chomo works. Finished third last year and am coming back with a score to settle.
  • + 1
 Tim I didn't get to make it this year....unexpected medical issues :/ (are they ever expected)

How'd it go?
  • + 1
 The race was pretty awesome. Pro DH was a little greasy, as were the grassy s-turns in the tape at the bottom, but it was fun and fast. I myself was having a blast and battling between 4-6th up until laps 16/17 when I got 4 flats and found out the rim tape in my wheels had blown thru in multiple spots. D'oh! Didn't have the parts to get up and rolling again so DNF for me, but there's always next year. Was a blast up until that point.

Iago straight killed that race. He finished almost 5 minutes ahead of Ethan from what I heard. Haven't seen anything about it online, and didn't see Jay Schultz around, so I wouldn't expect to see to much as far as photos.

Here' are the a href=https://www.bikereg.com/inc/content/images/files/4890/CHOMO-%20Finish%20Ranking%202013.pdf>Official Results/a> if you want to check them out
  • + 1
 So after watching the "2012 Event Video", a 6" bike would be just fine for this course...?

And not trying to gig the course, just asking a serious question as I sold my DH bike when moving to NC but have a stumpy evo I could use for this race.
  • + 1
 a 6" bike will be fine for seasoned Pro's but it is an Endurance DH race, so an 8" bike will handle the Endurance better for Bike and Body in my experienced opinion. The Winners will be on 8" bikes. Jay Fesperman ran an SB66 earlier this year I think for a weekend/Race but this event is a might bit more. The course isn't all smoothies it traverses Pro DH also.....and Ball n Jack is stoopid rough, so you can make a go of it for sure, but the comment ^ about 8" applies in my view. Be good to see you there though Idaho!
  • + 2
 High speed, plus big jumps plus the rocky bits that the video leaves out...You would definitely have more fun on 7+ inches of travel. More so, you might break that Stumpy Evo if you are racing on it all day there. Maybe an Enduro Evo would be fine and even fun, but I think you want a dh rig if you do the race.

You could have a fine time on the western side not racing on the Stumpy. But you would wish you hadn't sold your dh rig.
  • + 1
 A 6" is pushing it there. Earlier in the year I brought my 6" and DH bike. The 6" was great for the smoother lines. It handled stuff like Ninja Bob, Ball & Jack, Powerline, Missing Link, and Powerline rather easily.

Go to the other side of the hill and I even did one run down O line, which is marked intermediate, but wrongly in my opinion.

It was fine for most of Pro DH, but on the bigger things you are pushing it.

I was considering doing the race this year on the 6" bike, but my schedule has me in Whistler the weekend before so I think I'm going to pass.
  • + 1
 I saw that the last time I was there. Had to laugh about it! LOL
  • + 3
 Did it last year, can't wait to do it again this year!
  • + 3
 My team is set and I'm ready to go!
  • + 1
 Hey, that's me in the pic! Thanks gojammedia! I think a solo effort may be worth a shot? Ladies need to represent.
  • + 1
 It tis! You'd kick ass for sure.
  • + 2
 I'm gonna give it a go this year!
  • + 1
 Last year was awesome...our duo team is ready for round 2! Figures crossed for no mechanical failures this time.
  • + 1
 Hueheueeheuhue... Chomo...
  • + 1
 It's a blast!
  • + 1
 Best Race I have ever competed in for sure!!! Tons of Fun!!

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