the north face big shot Lack of snow forces Ski to Sea to change course for 2015
Unlike the current cross country biking leg, the new mountain biking leg will involve elevation change. Coy said it will start outside the entrance to Marine Park on the other side of the railroad tracks, use the Fairhaven trail system and Interurban Trail to Arroyo Park before climbing a technical single track on the north side of Chuckanut Mountain. Racers will then descend on gravel and paved sections of Chuckanut Drive before climbing the Fairhaven Stinger climb, hopping into the trail system of the Hundred Acre Wood and returning to the finish line near the base of Harris Avenue.
The tracks also created the need to use a “virtual handoff” between the kayakers and the mountain bikers to take any passing trains out of the equation. Though this will be the first time the race has used a virtual handoff, Coy said it has used similar logistics with multiple timing chips for early release of racers the past couple of years. It also will mark the first time kayakers will be asked to run from the Marine Park beach to a finish line near the park entrance a distance of nearly a quarter mile.