Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 Masons Midsumer Meltdown Event Date

Save the date and join us for our next cross country mountain bike event at the famous "Wyco" Trails

Masons Midsummer Meltdown
July, 6th 2014
Wyandotte County Lake Park
Kansas City, KS

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Race Report

Masons Midsummer Meltdown 2013 Race Report

Well, the Masons Midsummer Meltdown is in the books. The day started at 6 am, putting the finishing touches on course markings and setting up the start/finish line. We had a wonderful turn out of Trail Masons’ family and friends volunteering in every way to make this day possible. The trails were in perfect shape thanks to a little help from Mother Nature overnight knocking down the dust for us. Hector with his KC Mobile bike repair was in full swing helping racers fine tune their bikes for the day’s events.

With Jr’s, Cat 3 and Marathon registration closed we were getting ready for the rider meeting when I get a call from Kidd Williams, who was preriding the course for us, he reported a downed tree blocking the course that wasn’t there the night before! With a few words to Heather, our very helpful USA Cycling Official, we postponed the race for a few minutes while I went to investigate. I gathered up our crack team of Trail Masons, Shane, Jason, and Bob, who all piled into my Jeep and off we went with a Pulaski and Cutter mattock in hand we arrived at the closest access point and trudged through poison ivy to get to the downed tree. We saw that it would take some work but we knew we could get it cleared before racers arrived at that point on the course so I abandoned the A-Team to clear the tree and rumbled back to the Start to get the rider meeting underway and sent Cat 3, Jr’s and Marathon on their way. From this point on we kept the surprises a bit more in check.

The registration team worked like a machine and scoring was virtually problem free. As the Marathon riders started blasting through the line and going out for their 2nd lap we got reports of a few riders in need. With the Midwest Mountain Bike patrol on course I knew all would be well soon. Unfortunately the Cat 3 Women took some hits with Carly bowing out with a tacoed front wheel and Melissa taken out with a knee wound from one of the rocky technical sections. As the day continued the course took some more victims but mainly with flat tires or broken chains and the occasional bump and scrape. As things worked out, we timed everything just right so that the top 5 marathon riders were starting another lap just as we were setting Cat 1 loose to chase them down.

The day heated up and the humidity skyrocketed turning things into a true meltdown with many riders suffering from cramps and hand ups of salt pills being desperately needed by many. Some of my highlights of the day were seeing a full podium of Jr racers led by Christopher Locke; seeing Roger Williams starting the race and putting in 5 laps of the course on a rear wheel with a broken spoke; Tige Lamb breaking a chain and still battling his way to winning his category; and seeing Garet Stiemetz take flight putting down a 30 minute lap with his other laps not far behind. After all the dust cleared many deserving racers got to take home some unique and memorable nuclear waste drum awards and one lucky rider got to take home a nice new Yellie Screemy frame from a raffle put on by one of our friends of the trail.

As a new race promoter and primarily a trail builder the day, though exhausting, was very gratifying seeing 119 racers enjoying the trails that our wonderful volunteers helped build. I would like to thank all of our Trail Masons volunteers and their families for making the trails and this race happen. I also would like to thank Epic Bike and sport for providing the seed money to get the race off its feet and many of the prizes given out in the raffle, the Wheel Cyclery for providing the after race refreshments and tacos, KC Mobile Bike repair for getting the racers ready and providing some tune up certificates for the raffle, Skin Quest Tattoos for some nice $150 tattoo gift certificates, Roger Harrison and Lantern Rouge for Photography, the Cow Town team for backing me with years of knowledge and supplies, Andy Schuette for transcribing all the results and posting it in UFD and lastly my wonderful wife and daughters for supporting me in both this race and all the trail building craziness I do.

See you all on the trail,

Trail Mason Cliff Jones

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Meltdown is about to commence

Masons Midsummer Meltdown presented by Epic bike and sport is about to commence. Epic and Kc mobile bike repair will be on hand to provide neutral bike support, Roger will be behind the camera and the Wheel Cyclery will be on hand providing post race Tacos. As always all events at Wyco are BYOB.

Race day registration opens at 7:30 am Sunday morning. Cat 1 entry fee is $35 Cat 2,3,Single Speed, Clydesdale, Marathon is $30 and Jr is $20 cash is preferable and exact change is even better but we will take checks we have no way to accept credit cards on race day.

Cat 3(1lap), Marathon (∞) and Jr’s(1lap) will start racing at 9am

Cat 1(3 laps), Cat 2(2 laps), Single Speed(2 laps), Clydesdale(2 laps) will start racing at 11am

All race day activities will be based out of shelter 3 if we are so lucky as to run out of parking at shelter 3 overflow parking will be just a short ride away at the main trail head.

All proceeds from the race will go directly to the Trail Mason Association to help build more singletrack for us all to enjoy.

Any questions that I have left out just send me an E-mail at TrailMasonCliff@GMail.com

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Awards almost done here is a shot of 1st, 2nd & 3rd together. You know you want to take home your own drum of nuclear waste so come on out and race July 7th.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Clarification for the race there has been some confusion on how many laps you will be enjoying at M3 on july 7th USAC site is incorrect and we will see about getting it fixed.

Correct information is as follows

Cat 3: 1 lap 8 Miles
Cat 2: 2 laps 16 Miles
Cat 1: 3 laps 24 Miles
SS: 2 laps 16 Miles
Clyd: 2 laps 16 Miles
JR: 1 lap 8 Miles
Marathon: as many as you would like in 3 hours

Hope this helps see you on the 7th

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Just over 2 weeks till the flag drops and the race is on for the first annual Masons Midsummer Meltdown Sunday July 7th. Preregistration is available at https://www.usacycling.org/register/2013-937 for anyone wanting and onsite registration will be available.

Epic Pre-rides your friends Garet and Mark from Epic Bike and Sport will be Leading Official pre-rides on Wednesday June 26th and July 3rd at 6:30pm starting from the main trail head above shelter 9. I will also be on hand for a no drop group that will be rolling a bit slower.

Last but not least HELP!!! We need volunteers to help run the race itself. We need people on July 7th to work registration, scoring, start finish area setup and teardown and course teardown. If you or anyone you know would like to help out please send me an e-mail TrailMasonCliff@GMail.com so I can add you to our race volunteer list.

Thank you all and see you on the trail.