Make them. Get an old tire and put a bunch of drywall screws (the ones that are flat on the top) through it (pointing out, of course). Then get a rotary tool and hack them off to whatever height you're going for (probably 1/8" max). Then get a DH tube, inflate to about 15 PSI, and you're good to go.
You can also put duct tape over the screw heads to make them a little more resistant to pushing against the tube.
The course they have run in the past has been down Brooks chair through the terrain park. It's not as much fun as it sounds. You have to hold your bike on your lap. That chair gets long and slow with a DH bike on your lap.
The first year I took studded tires. I realized after practice that that wasn't going to work to I switched to reg DH tires. I pinched the tube while changing it and realized that flat tires worked better than anything else.
The second year it was really warm and everybody went home grumpy vowing never to come back. (ie, don't go unless it's very cold)
I think Bart won the last race up there. I haven't heard what gate they are planning on using. Last time James Monley from Das Rad House in Leavenworth was the man in charge. Levi, S Weasle and burl already said they would head up.
I snowboarded there yesturday... I can't see taking by bike on that Brooks chair... if the conditions are like they were yesturday then I'm out... I might snowboard that day and stop by and check out the biking... maybe I will bring my bike just in case...
The races at Snoqualmie way back when were fun except the soft snow part. It was only a double chair so maybe that made it less of a hassle to deal with?
I think the race at 49 degrees north was a triple or quad chair so you had the whole chair to yourself. I think?
Sounds like fun, just remember that everyone will crash (except maybe the alien?). Just get up as fast as you can and get going!
I have been trying everyday for the last week to get info from Stevens about the race and no one knows or will return my call. Think they need to get a lil more organized. If I ever get info....Hood River / Gorge Free Ride Assc will be represented!!
I was boarding up at Stevens this week... I went to guest relations and asked about the bike race... the lady behind the front desk didn't know anything about it...
after talking to another desk jockey there they gave me this contact... I havn't been able to call him do to my Gfriend twisting her knee and going back up there on Friday for the good pow pow... here's the contact if you want to call him...