Tuscarora Off-Road Weekend

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Tuscarora Off-Road Weekend and the MASS Endurance Race #1

It's the whole package in the early season. Do one, do all, do none.....it's up to you, but I know I'll be there. Tuscarora State Forest is a back woods Pennsylvania forest: home to logging, hunting, and lots of leaf covered trails that wind across hill and dale. Usually straight up and over. It's rocky and about 10 years behind the times. There are no purpose built trails out here. No grade reversals. No sanctioning. What it offers is rocks and beautiful cold-water streams that wind through the mountains and put a smile on your face. Rather than tell you what your experience should be, I'm going to tell you what mine would be, and leave the rest up to you. 

Friday I'm going to drive the dirt roads to the Showaker trail head, the registration area of the Super-D, and set up my tent before I drive 2 miles out to the base of the trail for a couple of evening practice runs. When I return I'm going to enjoy a camp fire before bed. In the morning, I'm going to wake up, make coffee and eat breakfast before heading down to Fowlers Hollow State Park (downhill on road the whole way to the park) for a lap on the course with the fundraiser ride. After that, I'll catch a ride up to my camp site again with my buddy who drove down to the park. 
I'm going to eat a leisurely lunch at my camp site before check in at the Super D course. I will complete my race run and hang around to watch racers and awards before catching a ride back with a buddy who parked at the end of the run. I'm going to make dinner and relax with everyone else camping there. In the morning I'm going to ride down to my team tent at the park again and register for the race. Then I'm going to race my ass off for 4 and a half hours. I'm going to wash off in the stream, enjoy some vegetarian chili with fresh cut-fries, and watch the awards before I go pack up my camp and drive back home: Satisfied and Exhausted. 

It's a really simple equation:

(You itching to race) + hard racing + 2(food+friends) = AWESOME!!

2014 Tuscarora Off-Road Weekend Information:

March 21-23, 2014


Event Schedule:

8am: Super-D Course Practice Opens (No Shuttle Support)
9:30am: Fundraiser Ride Check-in (at Fowlers Hollow State Park)
10am: Fundraiser Ride (100% of the Proceeds Benefits the Local Trails)
1pm: Super D Registration Opens (At bottom of Keen Trail)
1:45pm: Super-D Course Practice Closes
2pm: Super-D Race Starts from the TOP (individual starts @ 1min intervals) 
3:30pm: Awards (directly after race finish)
~6pm: Early # Pick-up  (Showaker Trail Head) 


8am: Registration Opens

9:30am: Registration Closes
9:45am: Pre-race Meeting
10am: Race Starts
12pm: Kids Race (If no kids pre-register it will be cancelled. Free. ) 
1:30pm: Food Available
2pm: Race Cut-Off
3:00 pm: Awards (Based on everyone finishing the course)



Super D:
1) Open Men
2) Open Women
3) Juniors

XC Marathon:

5) Beginner Open (1 Lap)

6) Kids Race **



Pre-Register PLEASE!

XC Marathon/$60 ($25 for Beginner Open)

Day Of:
XC Marathon/$75 ($35 for Beginner Open)

Fundraiser Ride: (100% to Benefit the Local Trails
$5 (Additional Amounts Available during Registration)

Registration is really simple for pre-registered riders: show up, locate registration, wait in line, tell the registration volunteer your name, sign your waiver, and affix your number plate to your bike. No extra forms and nothing additional to fill out, just a signature.

Registration for Day of athletes: please fill out the day of registration form(located on a table near registration), wait in line, pay, give the volunteer your form, take your number plate, and get ready to race.

For the Fundraiser ride, check-in is at the pavilion in Fowlers Hollow State Park. Just sign in on the sign in sheet. 

THERE ARE LATE FEES FOR DAY OF REGISTRATION, don't be surprised by this when it happens.

Also, take not of our Refund Policy located in our website. Don't wait until the last minute if you decide to cancel.

First 50 Pre-Registrants get a custom Tuscarora Off Road Weekend growler.


We've got some sweet custom race awards. Maybe you've seen them before. It's one of the few awards Rob Spreng gets to keep around (He wins a lot of them). 

We'll be following this payout schedule at our Off Road weekends.  It protects us when numbers are down, and rewards racers when numbers are up. Keep an eye on pre-registration numbers to know what to expect. And yes: if you can talk your friends into racing your category, that can increase your payout! So spread the word, and help us help you :) 

Reigning XC Marathon Champions:

2009: Chris Eatough, Dan Ellis, Jocelyn Linscott, and Gunnar Bergey!
2010: Gerry Pflug, Selene Yeager, Dan Ellis, and Scott McGill!
2011: Robert Spreng, Vicki Barclay, Michael Melnick, and Rich Straub!

2012: Robert Spreng, Carolyn Popovich, Peter Phillips Jr., Gerry Pflug!
2013: Robert Spreng, Susan Haywood, David Funk, Gerry Pflug!

Thanks to our sponsors:

Mountain Khakis
HaySue's Spicy Salsa
Mercury Endurance Cycles
Toasted Head Wine
ProGold Lubricants


Courses and Race Info:

Super-D Course

Course starts out with a short climb, then turns to rocky flat before dropping straight down the side of the mountain in one screaming, adrenaline packed descent.

The Super-D will be individual starts at 1:00 minute gaps between riders. If you miss your start time, it gets tacked onto your time, so be 10 minutes early! Start grid with pre-reg'd riders start times will go out with race information no later than friday night. Day of reg'd riders will be added into the grid in open spots and be given their times upon registration. We will not have an organized shuttle to the top this year. Earn your turns! 

We know the video makes it look pretty flat, but we aren't kidding when we say it goes straight down the mountain!!!

XC Marathon Course (Endurance Race and 1 lap for Fundraiser Ride)

Raw mountain trails with lots of rocks and enough double track to keep it hard and quick while facilitating passing. Fight to get in your fifth lap!

The XC Marathon race will go for 4 hours. If you get out on your last lap before 2pm (4 hours), you will be able to finish that lap. However if you get in after 2pm, you are done racing and will be scored at such time. Very similar to what most 24 hour races do for scoring. If you race for 1 hour and stop, it still counts. 

Come out to get your preseason hours in, while having a lot of fun on a great course while "racing" your friends. Carpool on out and bring a bunch of people to make it even more exciting.

Please carpool if you can!


Race Meal (Sunday):
We will be teasing your palate with vegetarian chili, grilled sausages, sauteed onions and peppers, and fresh cut fries. Always tasty and made with love. If you've come in the past, you know how good this is and how much a part of the day it is.

Please park as tight as you can in the parking lot and carpool as much as possible. If you want to set up a team pit along the course, pack all your stuff into one car and drive it up, we'll let you through. That car will be parked in until after awards. 


Feed Zone:
The approved feed zone will be noted with signage. This is located before the finish line area. Please use this area for your coolers/stands/bottles/etc.

If you set up in the camp ground area, please pay for a campsite. There is an honor system box to pay in the campground. They do check.

Race Food/Support:
We will have Regular check point station food, and a selection of essentials. (Banannas, fig bars, licorice, chips, pretzels, granola bars, etc.) You know what works best for you and what tastes best. What you will find with our bars/gels/etc will be hit or miss, so I suggest bringing your own energy product if have preferences. You can leave a drop bag anywhere in the feed zone. Most people leave a cooler or have their equipment in the feedzone.



There are two places you can camp. 

1) Showaker Trail Head: there's 5 designated sites here with tons of room. It's free, but it's primitive. We can have 30 people camping here. There's a nice (ish) bathroom (newer style pre-fabricated latrine), fire rings, and picnic tables. You can drive right up to where you set up your tent. 

2) Camp sites are available at Fowlers Hollow State Park with a self serve fee station. There are approximately 12 sites which have electric and 6 that don't. Price is under $30/night and can have 5 people per site. That means we can have around 90 people camp at the venue if we share. It's gorgeous there, nestled next to a cold mountain creek. The bathroom is really nice, but there are no showers. 

Don't make reservations online, just pay on-site in an envelope at the campsite. They open up early just for us.

More info: HERE @ DCNR

ARE YOU NOT A COLD WEATHER CAMPER? Plan ahead, get a group together, and rent an RV! Someone did this last year so I looked it up. It's affordable. If you have 5 people, it is under $100 all said and done, factoring gas from pick-up in Carlisle. Look into it HERE.


Mid-Atlantic Super Series
For 2014 we are once again the first endurance race in the MASS Series!!!!

MASS Rules



-We are in a state park, which means "NO ALCOHOL". I guarantee you that there will be forestry officers walking around at the event, and they will cite you if they see it. If we have problems, I'm not going to be happy with you either. Please bottle it up. 

-No littering. If I see you littering, I will kick you out of the event. This goes for gu wrappers and the like. Keep our forest beautiful.

-Be kind to everyone. NOBODY likes "that guy". Don't be that guy.

-If you cut the course, intentionally or not, own up to it. If you own up to it, I'll let you finish in last place of your category (it happens sometimes, I understand) and still earn points. If you don't own up to it, and at least 3 people can testify to it, you'll be dq'd. It's not cool.

-If somebody is hurt on course and you find them, it is YOUR responsibility to find a course marshal (or get to the finish ASAP) and let them know! No race is so important that you can't help someone out. Ask if people need a hand.

-No cheating, bad sportsmanship, throwing bikes, temper tantrums, uproarious behavior, or making a scene. 

-If you think there is an error in your results, bring it to my attention nicely and I'll get it taken care of with the timing crew. If you corner me and attack me about a finish error, you won't have a result. If you abuse the timing crew, you won't be scored and won't be allowed back at any of our races. 

-No solo fires. Charcoal/gas grills are fine, but don't dump it in the parking lot or edge of the woods. Bring it along, take it home.

-Dogs Permitted- please keep them on a leash though....State Park rules. Pick up after them. No dogs on course during the race please. That's what the Trail Doggie World Champs in December are for.



***Note on Navigation: All the following coordinates are in the format that google uses. Most GPS's use a variety of formats. Check the format settings before plugging coordinates into your GPS. ALSO, don't drive down gated roads (closed gates) or double tracks. We are on official, maintained gravel forestry roads.....if you are on something that looks like a trail, you aren't going the right way. If there is ice on the dirt roads, be really careful and only continue if you have 4-wheel drive. I'm not trying to scare you, just make good decisions and be prepared so you don't get lost following your GPS. The quickest way from 76 is to get off at Willow Hill then take 75 to 274 to Upper Buck Ridge Trail. From 81, a gps will try to take you over a pretty bumpy dirt road. If you don't want to take that, use 641 (from the South), 233(from directly east), or Wagoners Gap (from Carlisle). 

Camping at Showaker Trail Head:

Showaker Trail Head
Laurel Run Rd
Blain, PA 17006
Coordinates- 40.263412,-77.562973 (make sure you use the appropriate format in your gps)

Showaker Trailhead is a mile and a half up the road from Fowlers Hollow State Park. The Super D course is several miles away from the trail head. You can either ride over to the trail with a group leaving from the trailhead, or drive over to the base of the trail in your own car. If you do that, please carpool as much as possible. Limited parking there.  

Keen Trail Super-D Course
Wolf Road in Tuscarora State Forest

Coordinates: 40.27318,-77.520207  (make sure you use the appropriate format in your gps)

XC Marathon and Fundraiser Ride @:
Fowlers Hollow State Park
Fowlers Hollow Run
Blain, PA 17006

Coordinates: 40.271446,-77.581419 (make sure you use the appropriate format in your gps)

Google Maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=fowlers+hollow+state+park&fb=1&gl=us&hq=fowlers+hollow+state+park&hnear=0x89c8e1db70866437:0xf438bbcd5c2eccce,Carlisle,+PA&cid=0,0,10717661191346633789&ei=t2TeTs-dM-j10gGS_5WOBw&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&ved=0CAcQ_BI



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2013 Tuscarora Off Road Weekend

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