SPARK XC – presented by Scott Sports

The 2015 Outlier XC used never-before-raced-upon terrain in Vail, CO. IN 2017, the XC once again represents one-half of the Outlier Festival’s competitive programming. Slated for Saturday, September 30, 2017, the Scott Spark XC serves as USA Cycling’s Rocky Mountain Regional Cross Country Championships. Each course features one ball’r big backcountry lap with aid stations dotting the landscape strategically.

Don’t wanna race? How about a new bike, friend? The Outlier Festival will host the bike and outdoor industry’s best brands, all hitting the trail direct from Interbike to demo next year’s product.

SANCTIONING

The Scott Spark Outlier XC is proud to serve as USA Cycling’s Rocky Mountain Regional Championship. All riders must purchase and annual or one-day license to participate. Licenses will be sold on site by USAC staff. Championship designations will be reserved for annual license holders only.

START TIMES

  • Long Course: 9:00am
  • Medium Course: 9:15am
  • Short Course: 9:30am
  • There will be category waves within each start. These will be determined by category ability and size.

START/FINISH LOCATION:

All courses this year start and finish right outside (just uphill) of the registration area.

AID STATIONS

Riders may anticipate water, Roctane and a bevy of GU Energy Labs products including gels and Chomps. There may even be a few energy waffles out there. There are 2 aid stations on the medium and long loops, plus one water station at the top of Benchmark on the long loop.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICKUP

Online registration for the XC and Enduro ends at midnight on Thursday, September 28.

  • Need to register to race (or to demo some bikes)? Head HERE.
  • Wanna bring your brand? Great – reserve your expo/demo space HERE.

Competitors may register on site, but will incur a $10 late fee.

On-site registration and packet pickup take place for the Scott Spark XC on Friday, September 29 from 1pm-7pm and from 6:30am-8:30am on Saturday, Sep. 30. Demo attendees may register on-site all weekend with no late fee.

Packet pickup takes place in the Express Lift building which is located just west of Gondola One in Mountain Plaza of Vail Village. If you’re crossing the bridge from the main Vail parking structure, keep heading south (towards the mountain). You’ll see the Scott Bikes demo rigs on your right. Packet pickup and reg are immediately behind them.

PURSE

$2500 split five deep between pro men and pro women. Medals and plaques for the top three in each category.

2016 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (2017 routes not finalized. Subject to change):

LONG COURSE

  1. START in Mountain Plaza (just outside of registration) headed east on 112 Connector
  2. Right on Windisch Way, LEFT up Bailey’s Bailout
  3. RIGHT on Gitalong Road (downhill) —it’s so slight, probably not worth saying “downhill”
  4. Continue straight through Gitalong Rd switch back to Lion Down CONNECTOR to Lion Down
  5. LEFT up Lion Down
  6. CLIMB Lion Down to end of singletrack
  7. LEFT on Gitalong Road
  8. Short descent on Gtalong Road to Onza Alley Singletrack
  9. BEAR RIGHT to Onza Alley at Gitalong Road Switchback 
  10. Descend Onza Alley to Village Trail
  11. RIGHT on Village Trail/Mill Creek Road
  12. RIGHT on South 6 Trail
  13. Climb South 6 back to Village Trail
  14. LEFT on Village Trail at base of Chair 10
  15. AID 1 (water, Roctane, energy food)
  16. HARD RIGHT to Mill Creek
  17. CLIMB Mill Creek Trail (road) to Joint Point
  18. Bear Right at Joint Point to continue climbing Mill Creek Trail (road)
  19. At T intersection, turn right onto single track to China Wall
  20. Water station at top of Chair #21
  21. Downhill on mountain road to LEFT (south side) of Two Elk
  22. Continue LEFT past top of Chair #14 (Sourdough Express)
  23. Veer right/down on road, across Ho Chi Minh Road
  24. CLIMB short steep climb on access road
  25. Continue WEST up road towards Grand Traverse entrance
  26. LEFT into Grand Traverse (via Miltz gate)
  27. Follow the Grand Traverse West to Club Walk
  28. Club Walk to Right on Mtn Road to Rt. on Lucy’s Loop (upper)
  29. Continue on Lucy’s Loop (upper) until you cross the road to Fred’s Lunch
  30. Descend Fred’s Lunch to Cub’s Way
  31. Left on Cub’s Way to Aid 2
  32. Continue climbing Cub’s way to Bib Mamba
  33. Rt. on Big Mamba
  34. Continue descending Big Mamba to Hank’s Hideaway
  35. Sharp left onto Hank’s Hideaway
  36. Cross the ski road to Son of Simba
  37. Left at the end of Son of Simba
  38. Continue straight through Bwana Intersection onto Liondown double track
  39. Bear left at Village Trail switchback
  40. Left on Bailey’s Bailout
  41. Right on Windish Way
  42. Hard left on lower Berry Picker/Strawberry Lane
  43. Finish Left at end of Berry Picker/Strawberry lane

MEDIUM COURSE

  1. START in Mountain Plaza (just outside of registration) headed east on 112 Connector
  2. Right on Windisch Way, LEFT up Bailey’s Bailout
  3. RIGHT on Gitalong Road (downhill) —it’s so slight, probably not worth saying “downhill”
  4. Continue straight through Gitalong Rd switch back to Lion Down CONNECTOR to Lion Down
  5. LEFT up Lion Down
  6. CLIMB Lion Down to end of singletrack
  7. LEFT on Gitalong Road
  8. Short descent on Gtalong Road to Onza Alley Singletrack
  9. BEAR RIGHT to Onza Alley at Gitalong Road Switchback 
  10. Descend Onza Alley to Village Trail
  11. RIGHT on Village Trail/Mill Creek Road
  12. RIGHT on South 6 Trail
  13. Climb South 6 back to Village Trail
  14. LEFT on Village Trail at base of Chair 10
  15. AID 1 (water, Roctane, energy food)
  16. Climb Village Trail to top of Fred’s Lunch
  17. Descend Fred’s Lunch to Cub’s Way
  18. Left on Cub’s Way to Aid 2
  19. Continue climbing Cub’s way to Bib Mamba
  20. Rt. on Big Mamba
  21. Continue descending Big Mamba to Hank’s Hideaway
  22. Sharp left onto Hank’s Hideaway
  23. Cross the ski road to Son of Simba
  24. Left at the end of Son of Simba
  25. Continue straight through Bwana Intersection onto Liondown double track
  26. Bear left at Village Trail switchback
  27. Left on Bailey’s Bailout
  28. Right on Windish Way
  29. Hard left on lower Berry Picker/Strawberry Lane
  30. Finish Left at end of Berry Picker/Strawberry Lane

SHORT COURSE (very similar to GoPro course)

  1. START in Mountain Plaza (just outside of registration) headed east on 112 Connector
  2. Right on Windisch Way, LEFT up Bailey’s Bailout
  3. RIGHT on Gitalong Road (downhill) —it’s so slight, probably not worth saying “downhill”
  4. Continue straight through Gitalong Rd switch back to Lion Down CONNECTOR to Lion Down
  5. LEFT up Lion Down
  6. CLIMB Lion Down to 2nd intersection with Big Mamba
  7. Descend Big Mamba to Hank’s Hideaway
  8. Sharp left onto Hank’s Hideaway
  9. Cross the ski road to Son of Simba
  10. Left at the end of Son of Simba
  11. Continue straight through Bwana Intersection onto Liondown double track
  12. Bear left at Village Trail switchback
  13. Left on Bailey’s Bailout
  14. Right on Windish Way
  15. Hard left on lower Berry Picker/Strawberry Lane
  16. Finish Left at end of Berry Picker/Strawberry Lane

CATEGORIES/PRICING (all pre-registered entries include one (1!) sweet Outlier tee. Sleeves optional.)

ELITE (long) COURSE:
– Approximately 25 miles, 6k climbing.
– Pre-registered entries receive an Outlier event tee
– Start Time: 9:00am, Mountain Plaza (demo and registration area)

  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Pro Men – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Pro Women – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Cat 1 Men 19-29 – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Cat 1 Men 30-39 – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Cat 1 Men 40-49 – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Cat 1 Men 50+ – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Cat 1 Women 19-29 – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Cat 1 Women 30-39 – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Cat 1 Women 40+ – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Cat 1 Junior Men 17-18 – $40
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Cat 1 Junior Women 17-18 – $40
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Singlespeed Men – $75
  • Scott Spark XC Long/Elite Course (25-mile) – Singlespeed Women – $75

REGISTER ONLINE HERE.

INTERMEDIATE (medium) COURSE:
– Approximately 15 miles, 3k climbing.
– Pre-registered entries receive an Outlier event tee.
– Start Time: 9:15am, Mountain Plaza (demo and registration area)

  • Scott Spark XC Medium Course (15-mile) – Cat 2 Men 19-29 – $65
  • Scott Spark XC Medium Course (15-mile) – Cat 2 Men 30-39 – $65
  • Scott Spark XC Medium Course (15-mile) – Cat 2 Men 40-49 – $65
  • Scott Spark XC Medium Course (15-mile) – Cat 2 Men 50+ – $65
  • Scott Spark XC Medium Course (15-mile) – Cat 2 Women 19-29 – $65
  • Scott Spark XC Medium Course (15-mile) – Cat 2 Women 30-39 – $65
  • Scott Spark XC Medium Course (15-mile) – Cat 2 Women 40+ – $65
  • Scott Spark XC Medium Course (15-mile) – Cat 2/3 Junior Men 15-18 – $40
  • Scott Spark XC Medium Course (15-mile) – Cat 2/3 Junior Women 15-18 – $40

REGISTER ONLINE HERE.

BEGINNER (short) COURSE:
– Approximately 5 miles, 800ft climbing.
– Pre-registered entries receive an Outlier event tee.
– Start Time: 9:30am, Mountain Plaza (demo and registration area)

  • Scott Spark XC Short Course (6-mile) – Cat 3 Men 19-34 – $50
  • Scott Spark XC Short Course (6-mile) – Cat 3 Men 35+ – $50
  • Scott Spark XC Short Course (6-mile) – Cat 3 Women 19-34 – $50
  • Scott Spark XC Short Course (6-mile) – Cat 3 Women 35+ – $50
  • Scott Spark XC Short Course (6-mile) – Cat 1/2/3 Junior Men 12 & Under – $25
  • Scott Spark XC Short Course (6-mile) – Cat 1/2/3 Junior Men 11-14 – $25
  • Scott Spark XC Short Course (6-mile) – Cat 1/2/3 Junior Women 12 & Under – $25
  • Scott Spark XC Short Course (6-mile) – Cat 1/2/3 Junior Women 11-14 – $25

REGISTER ONLINE HERE.

VOLUNTEERS? YESSSSS!

Killing you softly with bear swag. One short volunteer shift nets you;
– a VIP pass for all three days of the demo including Friday’s VIP/Media day
– one lift ticket for demo bike hauls
– one swank Outlier event tee
– Ergon grips or Fox gloves!

If you sign up for two shifts we add;
– a comp event entry
– an additional lift ticket
– A new helmet from Fox, Kask or Scott

Three shifts?
– Add a set of Continental tires
– And a pump or tool from Crank Brothers!

Interested? Fill out this simple form.

SANCTIONING:

USA CYCLING. All riders are required to have a one-day or annual USAC license. These will be sold on site.

ENDURO:

Got plans for Sunday? Do you even ENDURO, bro?

OTHER STUFF TO DO:

  • Adventure Ridge – Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11. Got kiddos? Or are you a kid at heart? Vail’s Adventure Ridge is open for business! Vail’s Adventure Ridge is a beautiful ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead Village. At the top you’ll find both kid-and-adult-friendly activities like zip lines, ropes challenge courses, a climbing wall, and a rebound trampoline – all at 10,350 ft!
  • Oktoberfest! In Lionshead Village all weekend!
  • Vail Farmer’s Market & Art Show – Sunday, October 1. Now in its 13th year, the Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show boasts over 135 tents during the 16 Sundays of the summer. Held from 10am-3:30pm.

LODGING

Visit our lodging page for a complete list of lodging specials.

PARKING

Vehicles with rooftop bikes should park on the top level of the Lionshead parking structure. Lower deck clearance: 7 feet 2 inches. Oversize vehicles should use the upper deck of the main Vail parking structure, also 7 feet 2 inch clearance for the lower levels. Town of Vail operated garages in Lionshead and Vail Village are free in summer.

TRAVEL

Vail is located 100 miles West of Denver International Airport and accessed by 3 exits off of Interstate 70. The main Vail exit is #176. Head back under the highway from the roundabout, then head around the second roundabout. Going right (West) will take you towards the Lionshead Parking Structure. Follow the roundabout to the East to access the Vail Village Structure. Find more directions HERE.

Vail is serviced by both Eagle Airport and Denver International Airport. Eagle airport offers non stop service to major cities and is a short 20 minute drive from Vail, while Denver International is only 2 hours East of Vail. View airport information and flight specials here.

2017 REGISTRATION/VOLUNTEERING

  • Need to register to race or demo? Attagirl/boy. Head HERE.

  • Wanna bring your brand? Great – reserve your expo/demo space HERE.

  • Volunteer (yeah!) Head HERE

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