Grand Targhee Resort Biking Saftey
Information For Parents
Downhill Mountain Biking at Grand Targhee Resort is a significantly different experience from cross country riding. The trails require constant physical and mental effort in order for all riders to maintain control.
Proper Riding Clothing
Protective clothing and equipment is mandatory for young riders. The best protection from abrasion requires a properly fitted full-faced helmet, gloves, long pants, long sleeves, leg armor, arm armor and solid biking, running or hiking shoes. Body armor like a Pressure Suit or neck brace can provide even further protection.
The downhill bike trails are specifically designed for full suspension mountain bikes. The trails are rocky, bumpy and become much more difficult without high quality suspension. Without full suspension, fatigue becomes a factor much sooner. The steep grades necessitate disc brakes for adequate stopping power. Cantilever brakes will increase the fatigue factor as more effort will be required to maintain control. All DH Biking participants should ride a properly sized bike and should be able to stand over the seat with their feet flat on the ground. A bike that is too large or one with a high seat post may increase the risk of injury. Please consider visiting Teton Mountain Outfitters with any questions about sizing and for protective equipment rental.
The level of risk increases with the level of difficulty. Black trails often have significant drops and jumps that require skill and experience to navigate. Every rider should be prepared to dismount their bike and carefully walk portions of the trail that they’re uncomfortable riding down. Young riders become a hazard to other riders if they are unable to ride a trail or move out of the way. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times and should be monitored for fatigue regularly.
Bikes are permitted on the Dreamcatcher Chair. The Dreamcatcher Chair is NOT recommended for young children as the level of difficulty and length of the trails is considerably more difficult than the cross country trails. Lift attendants will load and unload bikes on a hook attached to the side of the chair. If you have any questions our concerns, please consult the on-duty attendant. The chairlift may be subject to closure at any time due to mechanical or natural factors. Wind or lightning hold of the lift will dictate a 30minute minimum closure.
Although we don’t have a Bike Riding Patrol, we do offer Emergency First Aid response to any of our trails. Please alert the on-duty lift attendant and other resort personnel in the case of an emergency. Emergency call boxes are located on or near many of our trails. Become familiar with their location, and remember to hold the button down until finished relating your emergency.
If you have any questions, please let us know and we will put you in contact with knowledgeable personnel.
All bikes riding at Grand Targhee Resort must have one functioning brake per wheel. This keeps dirt jump bikes, BMX, kids with coaster brakes and beach cruisers off the trails but allows regular mountain bikes and mountain unicycles to ride on the hill.
Mountain Bike Checklist
The trails at Grand Targhee Resort are rough and demanding on both the bike and body. Before riding always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic. Helmets and adequate footwear are mandatory when using our trails.
- Familiarize yourself with the trail system and select rides within your ability level.
- Make sure that all bike components work properly.
- Helmets are required while riding. Gloves and protective clothing are recommended.
- Always ride with a buddy and be prepared for emergencies.
- Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings and ride only on designated trails. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Be courteous to other riders and pass only when it is safe.
- Yield to other types of trail users including hikers, and vehicles.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Respect the environment and wildlife.
- When entering a trail or starting downhill, you must look uphill and yield to other riders.
- Prior to using any lift you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. When in doubt, ask a lift operator.
MOUNTAIN BIKERS RESPONSIBILITY CODE
Always know the Responsibility Code Be safety conscious, it's your responsibility.
Pierre's Hole 50/100 Endurance Mountain Bike Race, August 3, 2013
Pierre's Hole is a part of the National Ultra Endurance Series, www.NUEmtb.com, see the entire 2013 NUE Schedule
Pierre's Hole, a mountain valley tucked up to the Wyoming border on the western side of the Tetons, was once known as the strategic center for fur trade in the Northern Rockies. Today it is known as the strategic gathering place to ski unfathomable deep powder and ride some of the best single track in the nation. On August 3rd, 2013 Pierre's Hole 50/100 will provide and incredible experience to the fortunate souls that have entered this epic race (journey). The views are breathtaking under the magnificent Teton Mountains.
Staging for the race is from the Grand Targhee Resort, where there is ample lodging and necessary amenities available for racers. The Pierre's Hole 100 consists of a 33-mile loop, each lap features over 6000 feet of climbing on mostly single and double-track trails. Racers may register for the 100 Mile(3 laps), 50 Mile(2 laps), 50Km(1 lap). Only the 100 mile race is part of the NUE series. The village at Grand Targhee Resort will be full of pre- and post- party events, including a band during the awards.
Entries will be capped at 350 participants. Categories will be closed once the maximum number of riders is reached, tenative numbers include: 100 Mile Race cap at 125 riders, 50 Mile Race cap at 150 riders and the 50K Race cap at 75 riders.
Shirt sizes sizes-note* (signs up after July 1st may not get shirt size they have chosen)
|Each event offered in Open Men's/Women's, SS Men, Vet Men 40+, Master Men 50+
|Pierre's Hole Event
|100 Mile Race (3 Laps)
Registration List / Roster - View Now
|50 Mile Race (2 Laps)
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|50Km Race (1 Lap)
Registration List / Roster - View Now
|Pierre's Hole Jersey
Ultra Premium Wool Cycling Jersey
|Race Site Camping - Call Lodging at 1 800-TARGHEE
Camping available Thur-Sun per couple, tent or rv. Showers included, kids 18 and under camp for free.
|Race-Day Breakfast Buffet (Race Day $TBD)
Early Rider Breakfast: The Branding Iron 5:00 am to 7:30 am
Regular Breakfast: The Branding Iron
Racers Check-In & Race Meeting
A mandatory 100 mile racer meeting will be held at Grand Targhee Rendezvous Conference Room (RCR) South room (upstairs in main base lodge building) at 6:00pm on Friday, August 3rd. Racers will receive number plates, timing chip and swag bags. Any racers who can’t make the Friday meeting will be able to pick up plates Saturday morning 5:00am - 5:45am upstairs in RCR South. 50 mile race and 50K race can check in Saturday from 7:00am - 8:30am RCR South.
Start times- Saturday, August 3rd – 100 mile starts at 6:15am / 50 mile & 50K racers will start at 10:15am. The cut off times for racers will be 5:45pm at the start finish. Awards will be at 5:30pm bookend by local favorites The Alta Boys playing before and after the awards 4:00pm - 7:00pm.
- Q: Can I reserve a camping site?
- A: Campsites are first come, first serve with pre-purchased camping tickets. Limited spaces will be sold on-site at the camping check-in.
- Q: Where do I get my camping wristband?
- A: At the camping check-in at the Activities Center.
- Q: What are the camping facilities like?
- A: Restrooms, showers and drinking water is available near your campsite. There are trash and recycling receptacles located throughout the resort. Please do your part to keep our forest clean. Please recycle. Be mindful of your fellow campers and lodging guests and be respectful in regards to noise after 10:00 PM.
- Q: Are there hook-ups?
- A: No
- Q: What do I need to do with my food?
- A: Must be stored in bear resistant containers (enforced through the Caribou-Targhee National Forest) or in hard-sided vehicles.
- Q: Can I build a fire or use a grill to cook food?
- A: No open fires allowed (and no fireworks.) Gas grills and stoves are OK.
Race Meals Details
Early Rider Breakfast, Location: The Branding Iron
Time: TBD, Price: $ TBD
Assorted Cereal, Yogurt, Granola, Fruit, Pastries, Muffins, Juices, Coffee/Hot Tea, Milk
Regular Breakfast Buffet Location: The Branding Iron
Time: TBD, Price: $ TBD
Pancakes, Bacon, Scrabble Eggs, Assorted Cereal, Yogurt, Granola, Fruit, Pastries, Muffins, Juices, Coffee/Hot Tea, Milk
After Race Dinner
A free Mexican dinner will be server in the racer tent. Racers will families can purchase additional dinner tickets for $ TBD at the tent.
Dinner will be served from TBD
Updated: April 1, 2013
The course will have the start/ finish just off the main plaza at Grand Targhee Resort. The course will be marked with blue directional arrows and course tape, starting August 1st. There will be 3 feed zones and one water station along the course. More detials to come!
Feed Area Details
- Feed #1 Top of Start/Finish line hill to the south
- Feed #2 Teton Canyon overlook between the big switch backs
- Feed #3 Boul Heslin Ranch
- Feed #4 Shoshone lift/lower parking lot at Grand Targhee Resort
Any feed which will go to feed #2 must be labeled and dropped off at the start by 6:00am. Other feeds are walking distance from start/finish line.
Note – If you pre ride the course, use pre-ride map (not currently available, contact Andy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org as a small section goes through private property and they have very large sheep dogs. Please do not ride this short section until race day, Race day the dogs will be locked up and sheep will be moved.
Grand Targhee Resort (on mountain) Lodging & Camping
Grand Targhee Resort offers ample lodging and amenities for racers and families, available by calling our reservations at 1 800-TARGHEE (827-4433). View our current lodging deals online or review our on mountain lodging details. Lodging is offered at 15% discount
for Pierre's Hole 50/100 Racers.
Camping is available at Grand Targhee Resort's lower parking area
(Camping available Thursday-Sunday for $25 per couple.
Showers included, kids 18 and under camp for free, purchase at
the Activities Center or the Front Desk. Camping at Grand Targhee Resort is located at the resort in a venue centric meadow of aspens. Camping is located near our Sprung Building which offers restrooms and showers for campers.
- There is no midweek camping allowed.
- Passes available for picked up at the event check-in or the resort activities center during regular hours.
- Campers arriving after the Activities Center is closed, may pick up and/or pay for camping at the Front Desk.
Teton Valley Area Motels & Hotels
*All vehicles including cars accessing camp area will be required to have a parking pass. The Targhee Shuttle is available as an option if you would prefer not to purchase a parking pass
Teton Valley Area Camping
Teton Valley has significant USFS camping options, however summer destination travel often fills sites up quickly.
"The races that have been added are outstanding, more western located venues," said Ryan O'Dell, NUE Series Organizer to Cyclingnews.com. "With four races in the West, Western racers now have great opportunity to complete the four-race minimum without the necessity to travel to the East." The change comes in response to racer requests for additional western venues. The races that have been added this year have been described by racers as well managed events along epic courses."
Located on the western slope of the Tetons at Grand Targhee Resort the Pierre's Hole 50/100 offers a 25 mile loop of mostly single-track gaining a blistering 4600 feet in elevation on each lap. Each loop starts at the resort, descends into Mill Creek and ascends through Teton Canyon, with distractingly spectacular views of the mighty Tetons.