The Barkley Marathons of Bike Racing. The hardest bike race in the World. The first ever ATB Race-Experience.
Poultney, Vermont / October 5th
Start/Finish: Analog Cycles in Poultney, Vermont the capital of the Southwest Kingdom of Vermont.
Distance: 75+ Miles. The actual distance changes as much of the course runs through gores where like the Bermuda Triangle and numerous canyon washes in the American Southwest time and space and what we collectively refer to as the physical sciences dont act right. For shorthand lets just say a bunch of this course is in a Vortex.
Elevation 12,365ft. Give or take 500 feet. No joke. There isn't one single flat spot in this race.
No Services or support
Brevet Style Checkpoints
GPX reveal the morning of
Mens and Womens Fields
Winner Takes All (and a bottle of Analog Maple Syrup)
SKOV ATB is the world’s hardest R-E ever. This race is not to be trifled with. This race is designed to break your spirit and your wheels too. Tougher than a tough mudder, more iron than an ironman, more marathon than the barkley marathon, rougher than the rough riders and more shackles than Shackleton. RED BULL wanted to buy this event from us but we said no because even wings won't save you from the depths of this PAIN CAVE. This is a
Participants will experience;
Lamb Hill. Gores for days. Impossible Pomeroy. Stinging nettles. Berry brambles. Snakes, tics and sheep. River Crossings. River beds. WORLD CLASS TOTALLY NEW TOTALLY FRESH TOTALLY BUFFED OUT SINGLE TRACK—CLIFFHANGER! CARNIE! SCRAMBLER! COTTON CANDY! Every manner of roads including but not limited to tarmac, disused, chip seal, dirt, gravel, double track, fire, paved, warm-mix and a type of road indgigenous to ONLY Vermont called the Class IV. The Kingdom Hustle; a section of trail that climbs 1,000ft in less than a mile. Snowmobile trails. ATV trails. Latent Frost Heaves. Washed out bridges. Rope swings. Donkey Bars. Middletown Springs. Lily Hammer. Glacial Till. Streambed. Vail Brook. Hollers. And Eskers.
It’s 25 bucks. Winner takes all. (((( FYI THEY CALL IT GOREY HOLLOWS ))))))
Get to Analog by 5:00am. Race will start at 6:00am We recommend you ride with a buddy. If you want to camp at the Analog Compound you may do so—we will provide a porta-potty and a fire pit and while we expect a decent turn-out there will be plenty of spots in which to camp. Bring your best Ghost Stories and a decent supply of marshmallows.
EQUIPMENT & RACE RELATED SUGGESTIONS, REQUIREMENTS AND PONTIFICATIONS
Bike shoes THAT ARE ALSO HIKE SHOES.
Low enough gearing to make it up 15% grades that are loose and wet.
Lights, 700 lumen min.
Spare tubes/tubeless, patch kit, tools (including a chain tool) and at the very least a basic understanding of basic bike repair.
THERE ARE NO SERVICES SO;
BRING ENOUGH FOOD TO SWIM THE ENGLIGH CHANNEL OR CROSS THE ALPS IN FEB.
Water purifier. There is plenty of water out there just waiting to be harvested and drank but don't get giardia.
GPS or Phone with GPS ability with some sort of back up battery situation.
Camera (phone camera is fine) you will need to document each checkpoint with a digital photograph for verification that you completed the course.
1.75" / 44mm wide tires or bigger. We recommend 2.25 or bigger.
Bring a buddy.
THINK ABOUT CLOTHES. It’s the Green Mountains in Vermont in October—which means potentially tempestuous and mercurial weather in a mood to be winter.
Basic first aid kit.
Courage, fortitude, determination and moxie.
Oh, and skills. This is not a road bike race. You’re going to want to be good (as in ABOVE AVERAGE) at bike handling.
Fastest time wins.
You can and SHOULD work together.
If you find someone bored and good at maps enough to provide you with water and food along the course that’s impressive but not allowed.
E-bikes are SIQ but no allowed.
You may receive/take welding assistance from folks along the course if and when absolutely necessary.
Ropes, grappling hooks, crampons, packrafts, suspension and squirrel suits ARE ALLOWED and in some cases recommended.
MAP (UPDATED 09/30/19)
Update: DOs and DON'Ts
If you can, BE John Tomac in 1991. If you can't be John Tomac in 1991 at the very least go back in time and grab his bike.
If you can get shred lessons from ATB legend Tinker Juarez do that. We have it on good authority that he was recently seen racing in New England.
Moot's baxter with front suspension is maybe the perfect bike.
So is the Bearclaw Beaux Jaxon which is like the baxter but it has a cooler name. Also it likes going to the beach which suggests it really has a pretty wide range of interests which is what ATB is all about.
My 3T Exploro with 650 wheels (COMING SOON) is lean, and carbon, and more nimble than you might want but I'm going to make it work because I love this bike and it's wearing a Comfort With Discomfort suit.
Rock Lobster with a flight and drop bars. I mean, yeah. Pretty close to perfect. Except those tires, don't bring those tires.
Bring an aero road bike.
Don't bring a stock Fast-Gravel bike. DEF dont bring those handlebars.
A full-suspension Mountain Bike would be v comfortable which would be especially important cause it will take you 5x longer than everyone else to complete the course on one of these over-built puppies.
Single Speeds r cool. In ALMOST every scenario except this one. The one thing the Appalachian Range is not is a good pump track.
Analog Cycles is an off-the-grid bike shop, event space and workshop promoting Beyonder Cycling in Poultney, Vermont. They have a yurt, massive fire pit, garden, woods and maple syrup.
Analog Cycles owners Candice and James riding together on one of the area’s more conventional roads.
Old Mark is the SKOV ATB race director.
Old Mark is DTF headbands. For you headbands are optional. The road shown in this image is TOO EASY AND STRAIGHTFORWARD so it’s not part of the course.
The SKOV ATB course was artisanally crafted by world renowned Vermont Trail Building legends (Stowe, SVT, etc.) Hardy and Katrin. Here Katrin demonstrates what it’s like to hit a mile of 15%+ grade 43 miles into a ride.
Low gearing recommended.
Course Vibe Exhibit A.
Course Vibe Exhibit B.
This is one of the smoothest roads on the course.
This is a medium-difficult road.
In drier years (drought years) some of the area’s “puddles” shrink down to this size. This (2019) is not a drought year.
Expect to carry your bike over stuff and THRU stuff.
Plastic shit will break. Don’t bring plastic shit. If you bring plastic shit expect to break it. Remember! Pack it out! Leave no trace.
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