Wild Horse Dirt Fondo Rescheduled to May 30, 2015

Views from the Wild Horse Dirt Fondo course. Photo by Chris Magerl
Views from the Wild Horse Dirt Fondo course. The event will be held on May 30, 2015 Photo by Chris Magerl

May 15, 2015 – Due to impending and current rain, the Wild Horse Dirt Fondo has been rescheduled to May 30, 2015. The Cedar Mountains roads where the event is to be held can become impassable when muddy. For the riders safety, the event has been postponed. Registration has reopened and will remain open until May 27, 2015.

Race organizer Chris Magerl of Quick Release Racing released this statement:

The Wild Horse has been postponed!

The BLM has strongly advised us to not hold the event this Saturday, May 16, because of weather concerns. The event date has been moved to Saturday, May 30.

While the predicted amounts of rain might seem trivial, there are portions of roadways in the Cedar Mountains that become impassable to vehicles when they are wet. These are small portions, perhaps as few as four or five miles in the entire 76 mile route, but there is not a viable alternate route.

The current forecast shows a greater than 60 percent chance of rain during the event. We cannot take the chance of having any riders and volunteers unable to get off the course.

I am sorry for this call. It was difficult to make, but participant and volunteer safety is the top priority.

The plan is to hold the event on Saturday, May 30. Same location, same times, same taco truck finish. We hope you can be there.

But I also know that some of you will not be able to make this date. Should you choose to transfer your entry to a friend or take a rain check for 2016, please send me an email. If that will not work and you need a refund, please send me an email.

Registration will reopen for those who were interested in being a part of The Wild Horse but could not take part on May 16.

I apologize for the inconvenience this causes. I know all of you made plans for travel, child care, etc., based on the May 16 date. The call to postpone was not easy.

Why all the way to May 30? The forecast for the next week has rain, rain and more rain. Last Saturday many weather stations in the Cedar Mountain/Skull Valley area had record rainfall, so the ground is already wet. May 23 is the start of Memorial Day weekend (yup, Memorial Day is Monday, May 25), so BLM was not eager to see us out there, as there will be many campers and motorized vehicle traffic.

Thank you for your understanding. Hope to see you on May 30! If that date works for you, no need to respond to this email. (There are 126 of you!)

 

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Event Details:

May 30 — Wild Horse Dirt Fondo|, Delle, UT, New Date! 76 miles, 5,000 vertical, zero miles of pavement, county-maintained 2WD dirt and gravel roads around and across the Cedar Mountain Wilderness Area. Little Wild Horse option of 31 miles, 1,800 vertical. Covers many of the same segments as The Wild Horse. Separate start at 10 A.M. Start/Finish in Delle, Utah. The start line is less than one hour west of SLC on I-80. The Wild Horse is a supported Dirt Fondo. This is not a race, but there will be a mass start., Chris Magerl, 801-595-8293, [email protected], RideWildHorse.com

Editor's Note: Cycling Utah is sponsoring the event.

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