While ADVENTURE is the focus of this event, it is understood that there is a fair amount of preparation that goes
into planning for a 4 or 8-hour race. With this in mind, the following is a brief description of each course concept. Please
know that these course concepts are subject to change.
Your journey will begin with a 22-mile gravel grind through East Colebrook, and north toward Stewartstown. Portions of this route are on ATV and snowmobile
trails; however, gravel will be the primary surface. With a 2,200-ft. ascent, you will be challenged by this seemingly easy ride, and also rewarded with a
fast downhill to the first transition area.
At your first transition area, you will rack your bike and run a short distance to the first paddle leg of this race. Boats will be provided. Spectators
will be able to gather here to support you as you progress through this course.
From here you will return to your bike for another 15-mile ride. The first 2.5 miles will take you along the Cohos Trail. Soft, wet, grassy trails with
an 850-ft ascent will test you, but again, once you reach the height of land you will enjoy a fast downhill ride through wilderness trails. A short, 2-mile running loop will be incorporated into this leg as well.
At the next transition area you will rack your bike for the third time, and complete the second paddle leg before heading out on a 3.75-mile loop on foot. Challenging climbs (1,998-ft. ascent), rocky/rooty single-track, and epic views are what’s in store. This is the signature section of the Metallak Race, which will be shared by 8-hour racers and 4-hour racers. This section
is also along the Cohos Trail, and offers a second opportunity for spectators to gather and provide support.
You will return to your bike for a 5-mile peddle to the finish line. Your legs will welcome the smooth surface as you make your way to an iconic location,
with a final grassy, sweet downhill roll to the finish line.
Racers will enjoy a 12-mile gravel ride, including grassy trails, to the first transition area. True to North Country riding, there will be a bit of a
climb for the first half of this section.
At the first transition area, racers will rack their bikes and complete the paddle portion, a short out-and-back, with boats that are provided for you.
From here you will begin a 3.75-mile loop on foot. Challenging climbs, rocky/rooty single-track, and epic views are what’s in store. This is the
signature section of the Metallak Race, which will be shared by 8-hour racers and 4-hour racers. This section follows the Cohos Trail, and offers
an opportunity for spectators to gather and provide support.
You will return to your bike for a 5-mile peddle to the finish line. Your legs will welcome the smooth surface as you make your way to an iconic
location, with a final grassy, sweet downhill roll to the finish line.
RACE DIRECTOR NOTES
The course distances are shorter than previous iterations of this race; however, you are expected to complete the course without assistance
from support crews. There will be two designated areas where family, friends, and spectators will be able to gather to offer encouragement and
moral support; however, they will not be able to assist you in any way. I hope you enjoy this shorter format, with the added challenge of relying on
your planning and preparation to get you through the day.
As mentioned the FAQ section of this site, water will be made available to you at the transition areas. There may be some trail magic along the course,
but you should plan to carry sufficient nutrition from the start of the race. Mountain bikes are recommended; however, gravel bikes are also appropriate depending on your skill level.