2016 Methow Singletrack Solstice

The 2016 Methow Singletrack Solstice will take place in and around Winthrop, Washington on the weekend of June 24,25,26. Participants will experience great riding, socializing, drawings for prizes, the Singletrack Solstice Snapshot photo contest, and other mountain biking fun. Most importantly though, all proceeds from this event support the Methow Chapter's mission and efforts to improve mountain biking and trails in the Methow Valley. This event is a main fundraiser for the chapter. 

As always, the signature event for the Solstice is the optional all day point-to-point ride on Saturday.  This year’s route will start near Loup-Loup Summit and take in the Bear Mountain and Middle Fork Beaver Creek trails in the national forest before crossing the Methow Wildlife Area on a variety of singletrack trails.  The route is approximately 29 miles long and features 3000 feet of climbing and 5600 feet of descending.  A lunch stop at Pearrygin Lake State Park will refuel riders before a final short spin back to town on paved roads. The Loup-Loup point-to-point is limited to 50 participants so register early.

New for this year’s Solstice weekend is the option to take part in a two-day, women only mountain biking skills camp taught by Angi Weston and Lindsey Voreis, both are certified mountain bike instructors and long-time mountain bikers.  These women know their stuff and will help riders improve their skills and get more enjoyment out of mountain biking.  Your skills camp registration includes morning skills teaching sessions each day, lunch each day, afternoon rides with on-trail coaching, and a Saturday night dinner hosted by Methow Cycle & Sport.  The skills camp is limited to 18 participants to keep the rider to coach ratio low.

All Singletrack Solstice registrations include breakfast on Sunday in the Winthrop park where there will be drawings for raffle prizes and Singletrack Solstice Snapshot photo contest awards presented for those images best capturing the memorable moments of the weekend.

Questions?:  methowevergreenmtb@gmail.com

Registration now open!

Methow Singletrack Solstice itinerary 
Friday June 24:

Registration packet pick-up and check-in will be Friday evening from 6pm to 8pm at the Winthrop Pump Track just west of the baseball field, near the west town limits on State Route 20. Feeling a little stiff from sitting in the car? Jump on your bike and take a few laps on the pump track to get that blood flowing. We'll also have some light refreshments on hand, so hang out a bit and chat with other riders here for the Solstice.

Saturday June 25:

Saturday is the big day of the Singletrack Solstice with attendees participating in either the first day of women’s mountain biking skills camp or taking on this year’s point-to-point ride option that will see riders boarding the bus at the upper ice rink/town trailhead parking lot in Winthrop for a grand day out on the bike.

Skills camp participants will start their day with a morning session of drills and lessons on small structures and teaching tools in the park in Winthrop.  After lunch, they will head out with their coaches for some on-the-trail learning and riding on a variety of trails around the Methow in the afternoon.  Skills camp participants will also enjoy a hosted dinner at Methow Cycle & Sport Saturday evening.

For the point-to-point ride participants, the bus will roll out promptly at 8am and will drop riders off near the start of the Bear Mountain trail at Loup-Loup summit.  Riders will then follow a marked route including the Bear Mountain trail, the Middle Fork Beaver Creek trail, and a variety of singletrack trails crossing the Methow Wildlife Area.  The riders will refuel at a lunch stop at Pearrygin Lake State Park.  After refueling, the riders will roll back to Winthrop via paved roads.  After nearly 30 miles and many hours on the bike, it will have been a grand day out for sure.

For those Solstice registrants not choosing the point-to-point ride or the skills camp options, lunch will still be served at Pearrygin Lake State Park enabling them to explore the park, cool off with a swim in the lake, and meet up with other members of their group that may be doing the point-to-point ride.

Sunday June 26:

For most participants the Singletrack Solstice will wrap up with breakfast in the Winthrop park on Sunday.  Photo contest awards and raffle drawings will also be on during the breakfast. This will also be a great time for riders to share their stories with each other and maybe even make plans for an afternoon ride to complete their weekend.

After breakfast, skills camp participants will begin day two of their camp with another morning session of drills and lessons on small structures and teaching tools in the park in Winthrop.  After lunch, they will head back out with their coaches for some more on-the-trail learning and riding on a variety of trails around the Methow in the afternoon.

All together it’s a pretty big weekend of mountain bike riding, learning, and fun in the Methow!

Questions?:  methowevergreenmtb@gmail.com