Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thank You For a Great Night of Racing!

The Viking Biking Club and Capital Off Road Pathfinders would like to extend a very large thank you to everyone that participated in this years event! We had a great night and saw some great racing.

Results are at:

Pictures by Peloton-Pix can be seen here:

A special thank you to all of our sponsors:

Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series
Hammer Nutrition
Sigma Lights
Up Hill Grind - Bikes & Coffee, Crossplains
Sweet Ride Bike and Board, Mt. Horeb
Budget Bicycle, Madison
WORBA - Mountain Bike Patrol
Heather's Bar and Grill

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Registration On-Line

Please register on line at zapevent.com. You can click the registration button on right and it will take you there.

WEMS instituted a $5 discount by preregistering within 7 days of the event (by paper)or by registering online.

Mosquitoes and other helpful hints

We will be spraying the pit/start/finish area before everyone arrives to help knock down the mosquito population. Please be advised to show up with a good repellant.

Last year a lot of people were also suprised at how wet their feet got. Make sure you bring several change of socks. Consider getting out your cold weather neoprene booties to keep your toes dry. You'll be glad you brought them.

Last day to order rental lights from Sigma!

Today, Wendesday 9/1, will be the last day that you can place a light rental order and expect to recieve it by race day. This is a pretty loose statement. For specific delivery times, I'd confirm with Sigma directly.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Check Point Victor Bravo Charlie

It was always a welcome sight during 24/9 and the Wausau 24; check point Victor Bravo Charlie (viking biking club)carries on the tradition with the staples to see everyone through an all night event. The stereo will be pumping and the party raging to help push you through the lap. Feel free to stop and share in the good time or rip off a wheelie to impress the girls! Watch out for the voodoo skulls....and I keep hearing something about a disco ball??

4th Post Today? Things must be coming together!

Shirts are in! I'm no model so I can't do these threads justice. Ring spun cotton=super soft. Get them while they're available, $20. You can secure yours when you register on-line or role the dice with your walk up registration.

We'll also have some of last years Sweat-Vac performance shirts available the day of the event.

Sigma Lights - Rentals and Raffle Prizes

Sigma continues to be a great sponsor of our event. If you need a light, they've got a great rental program with a buy out option. Great deal! Just click on the Sigma logo down the page on the right. This will take you right to the rental page.

They've just contacted me to say they're going to be shipping me a couple of Karma light systems and some micro lights to raffle off.

These Karmas are little beauties. This is what I ride with.

Elevation Profile

Here's a look at the elevation profile of this year's course. Thanks Dave!

Up Hill Grind to support PBST

More great news from Uphill Grind! Not only are they brining us 8+ gallons of hot and iced coffee but they've also kicked in some raffle prizes. Two Continental Explorer ProTection tires and a Deuter Hydration Pack.

Uphill Grind will be performing mechanical support for the duration of the event. Please come see them if you need adjustment.

Word is they will also have some extra gear, so if you find yourself cold or with wet feet they may be able to bail you out at a reasonable cost.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Above Ground Fire Pits Allowed

We will be allowed to have above ground fire pits like the one shown above. If you bring one, you must place the coals in the barrel provide the following morning. Do not dump them in the grass or along the creek bank. Last year it got pretty cold and the few fires we had were welcome. Bring some good wood too so we don't smoke out the valley.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lights and Breakfast

Question came up about required lights.

Standard requirement of a minimum 10 watt head light. Do not attempt to ride this event with a commuter light. Rear (red) light is not required but encouraged.

Breakfast? Yes, for those of you that haven't been to this event, the pit area is in the back yard of Heather's Bar and Grill. Just for us, she's going to put on a $6 all you can eat breakfast starting at 6a.m. Last year this included eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, biscuits/gravy, fresh fruit, and sweet rolls. Sooooo good!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Added Trail and Changes in Direction

So here is the tentative course for 2010. Some changes over last year with MORE single track and for those of you familiar with Cam-Rock it will all be raced in the correct direction. Last year we had to run some of the trail in reverse. I'm most excited about an addition called the "Outback" which has some very fun berm sections. It is labeled "expert" because C.O.R.P. has been working on placing elevated features in this section on trail. These of course will be taped off as necessary. This trail doesn't drain well, so lets hope it stays dry or we'll have to opt around it.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Light Rentals & Charging station

Sigma Lights will again be sponsoring Pitch Black. They've got a great deal on a great light. I own one of these myself. Perfect opportunity for a one time night race! Rental cost is $40 plus a $85 deposit. Deposit refunded when light is returned. Shipping to and from your house is FREE! Just click their logo on the menu to the right.

If you like the light, keep it, and you've saved yourself $25 under retail.

We will again supply a neutral charging station for this years event. Last year we had some issues with converters taking up too many postions on the power strips. To solve that, I've wired up about 40 seperate wire harnesses so everyone will have their own plug. It might look ugly but there is sure to be an open plug for you.

Please put your name and phone number on your equipement. The charging station is not managed and leaving your equipment will be at your own risk.

On-line Registration Open

On-line registration is now open.

Go to:



Click the registration tag on the right side of the page under "Guidelines and Registration Information."

Uphill Grind -Mechanical Support, Coffee and Gear

We're excited to have Michael Osborne and his crew from Uphill Grind Bicycle and Coffee Shop to assist with mechanical support this year. They had a team that raced last year and had so much fun they thought they'd just bring the whole shop. They'll be prepared to handle any adjustments or that tube/tire change you might need during the race. Oh, and they're bringing coffee too!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Pitch is Back!

2nd Annual Pitch Black Singletrack. A Labor Day tradition of darkness and punishment. September 4th & 5th, 2010.