Next up on the schedule is the Spring Thaw race down in Ashland, OR. This is a race I have not done in 4 years so I am looking forward to it. The race is also serving as a Kenda Cup Qualifier, so their should be another strong field on hand.
The race course doesn't necessarily favor one specific style of riding, although it does favor the strong climber and descender. It begins with an 8 mile climb (mix of fireroad and singletrack), then several miles of rolling terrain, and then finally a fast 8 mile descent which is pretty technical. I've seen lots of guys in the past who normally ride geared bikes switch to singlespeed bikes for this course.
The course climbs to a higher elevation as it climbs up Mt Ashland and there has been issues of snow in the past, but I don't foresee that being a problem for this seasons version. The course should be in prime condition and the weather for the weekend looks to be in the 70's, so all in all it should make for a great day of riding.