Opal Wapoo Race Details

 
 

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THE WAPOO 100

  • Race Start: The 100-Mile Race/tour starts at 7:00 AM Sharp at the pocket park located at the intersection of Marietta & Broadway. The start will include a neutral roll out of town escorted by a 1953 Johnny Popper (an antique John Deere tractor). Once you hit gravel, let the racing begin!

  • Terrain: The Wapoo will quickly draw you into steep climbs and fast descents which will mostly sustain until you reach the mandatory check in at mile 52. After the checkpoint you will navigate roughly 20 miles of no-coast Missouri river bottoms. The last 30 miles will resume with punishing climbs until you roll to the finish in downtown Excelsior Springs.

    • This route will utilize roughly 8 total miles of low-traffic and sometimes desolate hard-surface, not including the start and finish. Ride Right!

  • Course Ascent/Climb: The 100 mile route has roughly 6,500+ feet of climb (but what goes up must come down, with near equal amounts of descent).

  • Water/Aid Station: The first Water/Aid Station will be at mile 29. Water, electrolyte drink and Gels will be available. You are not required to stop or check in at this station. Riders should reach this station by 11:00 AM to stay on pace for the cutoff time at the checkpoint.

  • Checkpoint: The checkpoint is in/near Hardin, Missouri at Mile 52. ALL RIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN WITH THE RACE OFFICIAL. Failure to check in will result in a DNF. Riders must reach the checkpoint by 1:00 PM, otherwise they will receive a DNF. The race does not offer aid at this checkpoint, however riders can purchase food, drink and other items at a convenience store in Hardin. Drop bag service will be provided to this checkpoint. Your support crew can meet you at the checkpoint.

  • Water/Aid Station: The second Water/Aid Station will be near mile 79. Water, electrolyte drink and Gels will be available. You are required to check in with race officials at this aid station, and riders must reach the station by 3:30 pm or receive a DNF.

  • NEW FOR 2019: Additional Water/Pickle Station at Mile 92: You will not be required to check in or stop at this station. This aid station will include pickles.

  • Finish: As you roll the last 2.5 miles of hard-surface into town you may encounter some light traffic. Please be cautious and obey all traffic laws.

  • Drop Bags: We will offer drop bag service to the 52-mile checkpoint for 100-mile riders only. You can use your own bag (no larger than a backpack please), or we will have some bags available if needed (while supplies last).

THE OPAL 52

  • Race Start: The 52-Mile Race/tour starts at 8:00 AM Sharp at the pocket park located at the intersection of Marietta & Broadway The start will include a neutral roll out of town. Once you hit gravel, let the racing begin!

  • Terrain: The Opal 52 will quickly draw you into steep climbs and fast descents that will sustain for most of the ride. The course has around 5,500 feet of climb.

    • This route will utilize roughly 3 total miles of low-traffic hard-surface not including the start and finish. Ride Right!

  • Water/Aid Station: The Water/Aid Station will be at mile 33. Water, electrolyte drink and Gels will be available. You are not required to stop or check in at this station.

  • NEW FOR 2019: Additional Water/Pickle Station at Mile 44: You will not be required to check in or stop at this aid station. This station will include pickles.

  • Finish: As you roll the last 2.5 miles of hard-surface into town you may encounter some light traffic. Please be cautious and obey all traffic laws.

THE BABY POO 20-MILE RIDE

  • All-new for 2019, the Baby Poo will be a non-competitive 20-mile distance. You can get a taste of Excelsior Springs area gravel without tackling the 52 or 100 mile distances! And, don’t tell anyone, but you’ll be back for the beer first.

  • Race Start: Please stay tuned as we work out the start time for the Baby Poo with the Waterfest Committee. We are looking at a start time of around 9:00 AM.

  • Terrain: Bottom line: it’s hilly. With the shorter distance will be much less total climb of the 52-mile course. It will have around 2,000 feet of total climb.

  • Water/Pickle Station: The Water/Pickle Station will be around mile 12. You are not required to stop or check in at this station.

  • Finish: As you roll the last 2.5 miles of hard-surface into town you may encounter some light traffic. Please be cautious and obey all traffic laws.

COURSE MAPS/NAVIGATION

Be prepared to navigate with GPS and/or cue cards (you can download GPX files here). All riders are required to carry cue cards - if you plan to use cue cards as your sole method of navigation, you should have some sort of device with an odometer (or that measures distance). A GPS-enabled cycling computer is not required, but keep in mind it is your most reliable source of navigation. Cell phone apps will not be reliable due to being in remote areas with limited cell service.

The course travels through remote areas where there is not always cell reception.  We will have a sweep vehicle out on portions of the course throughout the day.  DO NOT RELY ON THE SWEEP VEHICLE TO RESCUE YOU IF YOU CANNOT FINISH.  You are responsible for yourself out on the course.

All roads are open to normal traffic during this race.  Please ride using the laws of the road and ride to the right side.  Pay attention to local traffic as you will ride around blind corners, blind hills and narrow roads.  Always ride right and pay attention to vehicles.

SUPPORT CREWS

It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you have a support crew or person.  Your crew can meet you at the checkpoint at mile 50.  Your support team is only allowed on the course for the purpose of picking you up should you not be able to complete the race, resulting in a DNF.  It is imperative that we keep the course free of traffic as possible.

WHAT BIKE SHOULD I RIDE?

We recommend a gravel specific or cyclocross bike equipped with 32mm or larger tires.

Other more risky and/or punishing options include road bikes with 28s, single speeds, fat tire, and mountain bikes with or without suspension.  Remember, don't count on us to pick you up if you cannot complete the course.

TIPS FOR A SAFE RIDE

  • Always Ride Right

  • Chasing dogs are a reality on rural country roads. Be prepared to outride them, squirt them with some water or have a air horn handy

  • This course crosses railroad tracks. Never! challenge a train and look before you cross tracks.

  • Always keep your eyes up the road for oncoming traffic.

  • Good nutrition and hydration are essential and should not by taken lightly.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

  • Please call 911.

  • Ray County Ambulance District (816-470-3030)

  • Excelsior Springs Hospital (816-630-6081)

    • 1700 Rainbow Blvd, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

  • Ray County Memorial Hospital (816-470-5432)

    • 904 Wollard Blvd, Richmond, MO 64085