THE MAAH DAAH HEY 100 RACE COURSE TAKES YOU ACROSS ONE OF THE MOST MAJESTIC SINGLETRACK ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD, WITH MILES OF UNINTERRUPTED TRAIL THROUGH THE HEART OF THE RUGGED BADLANDS. QUITTERS NEED NOT APPLY.

Experience the unique challenge of racing over 100 miles of North Dakota’s awe inspring Maah Daah Hey singletrack trail. This event will push competitive riders to their limits while giving every participant an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. The Badlands provide a truly stunning backdrop for one of North America’s most challenging and rewarding stretches of singetrack. This race is EXTREME, death or serious injury could occur, race at your own risk!

Total Distance
106 miles

Race Start
August 5th 2017 | 6AM MDT | CCC Campground

Elevation Gain
11,975 feet

Course Record
Kelly Magelky | 8:56:22

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Race Logistics

Terrain

The Maah Daah Hey trail offers as many descents as it does climbs, and they are never not far apart. The earth is a unique blend of dirt, clay, sandstone, scoria, and whatever else the good Lord mixed into this epic mountain bikers’ playground. On the tops of the badlands buttes you will find flat prairie grasslands. There are also some sparsely wooded sections scattered on the trail but overall there is minimal cover from the elements. Hence the name BADLANDS.

Aid Stations

Approximately every 25 miles will be an Oasis with peppy volunteers ready to help you with food, liquids and anything else you might need. You will have an option to send self-packed drop bags that we will deliver to each of the Aid Stations before the race. Shaded tents, chairs, porta potties and ice cold water are just some of the things you will see.  Some of the Aid Stations even have volunteer bike mechanics that may be able to help you with and your bike make it to the finish. Professional EMTs and ambulances are on standby to help keep riders safe and handle emergency situations.

Checkpoints

In addition to the Aid Stations there are 9 checkpoints where the Maah Daah Hey Trail intersects the “major” back roads of the Western North Dakota Oil Patch. These are really your only “bailout” options on the whole trail, volunteers will be standing by at these points to assist you. There are fewer of these Checkpoints on the first, northern, half of the course. The Checkpoints can be found more frequently on the bottom half of the course, which is a big reason we race the trail from north to south.  Checkpoints will be well stocked with water, and in some cases MAYBE even ice.  

No More Shuttles

We are NO longer providing shuttles. EVERY participant must have their own transportation to the starting line of the race. EVERY participant must have someone available to get them off the race course if they are unable to make it to the finish. Every participant must have a way to communicate with their personal transportation. This is for the safety of our participants, thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Lodging

There are about 40 beautiful campsites at CCC, they are $7 per night, primitive, and are first come first serve (no reservations). If CCC fills up There are other similar campgrounds near by; Summit is 5 minutes away, Bennett is 20-30 minutes away, or Juniper in the TRNP North Unit is 20-30 minutes away. If you’re into showering and sleeping in a bed check out the official sponsor of the MDH Race Series the Roosevelt Inn & Suites in Watford City, ND which is about 20-30 minutes from the starting line at CCC Campground. www.rooseveltinn.com

River Crossing

You will cross the Little “Muddy” Missouri River about a mile before Aid Station #2. The river bottom is mostly rocky and solid but the water level varies greatly, in August it is usually ankle to knee deep, which is why we do the race when we do. The color of the water in the river resembles the color of chocolate milk. It is cool to the touch and refreshing on the feet and legs, but don’t drink it! Some racers take there shoes off to cross and others put a new pair of shoes and socks in their Aid 2 Drop Bag.

Support And Gear Vehicles

Driving a SAG vehicle is a full on adventure in itself!  It will require planning, research, maps, directions, and also a no-bridge, river crossing.  SAG drivers can visit our page with more information about driving the course and for directions by clicking here.  This page will have directions, details about the road, and other information specifically for drivers.

Finish Line

You did it! Welcome to the very small group of mountain bikers in the “Maah Daah Hey in a Day Club.” At the finish line in Medora there will be plenty of food, drinks, and stories to share. We host an after party at the Medora Family Fun Center, a DJ will keep the atmosphere fun and energized, food and refreshments will be provided, and the MDH Race Series Award Ceremonies will be held at the finish line at about 11:00, 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00 MDT. Electronic timing chips will immediately let you know if you beat the course record, made the top ten, or barely made the cut-off time. But either way you rode the “MDHx1day” and that is something to be very very proud of, in fact you have become North Dakota Legendary!

Schedule of Events

All times are listed in MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME! Most of the course is in the MDT zone, however, we are right on the edge of the Central Daylight Time Zone so your phones & GPS units may jump back and forth. Please plan accordingly. We recommend setting your devices on permanent MDT zone to avoid any confusion. If you’re not already confused enough, Watford City operates on CDT zone, but for simplicity: ALL RACE TIMES ARE LISTED IN MDT!!!

Thursday

Pre-race Ride
This option is now available for riders coming into Watford City a couple of days early.  A group of people will be heading out onto the Maah Daah Hey for a pre-race ride. The ride will meet at the MDH trail head at the CCC Campground.

4pm Pre-race bike ride at CCC Campground

Friday

Packet Pickup
All racers must check in at Packet Pickup the night before the race. We host packet pickup at two locations: MDH100 and MDH75 participants must pick up their packets in Watford City; MDH50, MDH25, and MDH13 participants must pick up their packets in Medora.  If you need to arrange an emergency race morning Packet Pickup please contact us 48 hours in advance at nick@experienceLAND.org

4pm – 8pm Packet Pickup at the Roosevelt Inn & Suites
(600 2nd Ave SW Watford City, ND 58854)
4pm – 8pm Packet Pickup at Dakota Cyclery Bike Shop
(356 Main St. Medora, ND 58645)

Drop Bags
For $5 per bag you can utilize our drop bag service. You may send your own pre-packed bag to any of our three major Aid Stations and the Finish Line. Bags may not be bigger than an average sized plastic grocery bag, they must be well sealed with a zipper, draw string, zip tie, etc… Small backpacks, small duffle bags, Ziploc bags, or other durable plastic bags all work well. All drop bags must be clearly labeled with your name, racer number, and the location you want it sent to. Bags may contain your food, sports drink mix, spare tubes, spare parts, socks, CO2, tools, etc. Please keep your bags as light as possible, 20 lbs or less, anything over will not be accepted. It helps to NOT pack items that are already offered at the Aid Stations like water, fruit, etc. At the Aid Stations your drop bags will be laid out in numerical order according to the race plate numbers. ALL DROP BAGS MUST BE APPROVED AND PLACED IN THE PROPER CONTAINER AT THE PACKET PICKUP LOCATIONS BEFORE 8PM ON FRIDAY NIGHT. No late bags will be accepted. We will have lots of drop bags to deliver to our Aid Stations, please respect and obey our guidelines. All drop bags will be returned to the finish line, AFTER EACH AID STATION CLOSES, for your retrieval. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items in the drop bags.  Any drop bags left behind can be requested to be mailed back at the owner’s expense.

Saturday

3:30am Pilot car to the MDH50 Starting Line departs from Chimney Park
4:00am Pilot car to the MDH75 Starting Line departs from the Roosevelt Inn
4:00am Pilot car to the MDH25 Starting Line departs from Chimney Park
4:30am Pilot car to the MDH100 Starting Line departs from the Roosevelt Inn
5:00am Pilot car to the MDH13 Starting Line departs from Chimney Park
5:00am Arrive at the starting area
5:00am Coffee, bananas, and cinnamon rolls provided at MDH100 Starting Line by Smiling Moose Deli
5:15 – 5:45am MANDATORY Racer Check-in at Starting Line
5:30am Hidden Springs Java in Medora open
5:45am Line up at starting line according to your estimated pace
5:50am National Anthem and final instructions
6:00am SHARP Gun Start! Pace, pace, pace yourself.
9:00am Massage tent opens at the Finish Line until 10 p.m.
10:00am Food Tent opens at the Finish Line Area
11:00am MDH13 & 25 Award Ceremony at the Finish Line
2:00pm MDH50 Award Ceremony at the Finish Line
4:30pm Kids Races at the Finish Line Area
5:00pm MDH75 Award Ceremony at the Finish Line
8:00pm MDH100 Award Ceremony at the Finish Line
Midnight Race Course is closed!

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