Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Nifty Mixty 2022! It's Back!

Nifty Mixty 2022 Results

Announcing the timed Sectors for 2022! Please scroll to bottom.

Where: Cerrito Vista Park, Moeser Ln at Pomona Ave, El Cerrito, CA
When: 7:45-8:00 AM Sign waiver and roll any time
What: Nifty Mixty Gravel Ride, 5 East Bay Parks,  Nifty Mixty 2022
Contact: Questions, comments, suggestions?

NOTE: You must come to the start at 7:45 and sign a waiver if you would like to participate in the results. 

Pre Flight Notes:

* Consider using live segments on your Garmin. Next to the segment name on Strava, there is a star. Click the star. Then sync your Garmin with Strava and Garmin connect. Click the "Training" icon on your Garmin, and use the menu to select "enable segments." You will receive a warning as the segment approaches and will track your time and stop when the segment ends. If you have a Wahoo or other, you're on your own but the process should be similar.

 * Weather looks good for Monday. Around 55 degrees at the start, warming to about 70 degrees by the time we are done. Perfect riding weather!

 * There is plenty of water on the course, but no food. Be sure you have enough food to keep you going for about 5 hours.

* Trail courtesy is the single most important thing to remember. You must always ride at a safe speed. Please read again the rules below, and do mount a bell on your handlebars.Warn other trail users of your presence and always pass safely.

 * We start early to avoid crowds and to have optimal trail conditions. You must sign a waiver at the start and include your age and Strava name to be included in results.

* From the top of Sea View Trail some riders have taken the side trail toward the stables, then down Skyline Trail into lower Sibley. These trails are not bike legal (but they are quite fun) so I cannot put them on the course. Riders who choose to do this option will NOT be DQ'd.

Ride Description:

Nifty Mixty is a 45 mile mixed terrain adventure ride in the East Bay Hills with over 6,000' of climbing. There will be 6 timed Sectors, while the remainder of the course is neutral. Take your time on the neutral sections, regroup, socialize, navigate, etc. About 80% dirt and 20% paved. Most dirt is smooth and most (but not all) grades are moderate. The course is doable on a road bike with sturdy tires, or, on the other extreme, a squishy mt. bike, however a gravel, cross, or hard tail mt. bike is recommended. The ideal bike for the event is either a cross/gravel bike with 32-45mm dirt tires, or a light mt. bike hard tail with fast tires. The event is May 30, 2022, Cerrito Vista Park, Moeser Ln at Pomona Ave, El Cerrito, CA., 7:30 A.M.

This year there is no entry fee, no prize pool, and no stress. Just come out, have fun, and see how you do. Here is the Nifty Mixty 2022 course. Check back for updated versions. Note: Route updated 4/2019 to include Skyline Trail, and skipping Quarry Rd./Volcanic Trail/Quarry Trail.

 Below is a list of Rules for the Nifty Mixty:

1. This is a handicapped event. All riders participate on equal footing. I have scientific research data that accounts for differences in gender and age. Kinda like the Dipsea Race, but everyone starts at the same time and adjustments are made after the fact.

2. This is a fun, mixed terrain ride with timed Sectors. Between Sectors is neutral. Rest, chill, eat, drink, socialize, regroup, chat, and have fun!

3. Be courteous to other trail users. Slow down, call out to hikers, and pass as to not frighten anyone. Say hello, Good Morning, and comment about how nice a day it is! If you see a horseback rider, you MUST STOP! Ask the rider if it is OK to pass. And then do so slowly and carefully once you have permission. No shifting, skidding, or any other sudden movements or noises that could spook a horse. This is SERIOUS! A handlebar mounted bell is highly encouraged.

4. For each timed segment, the results will be handicapped and a leader board with placings will be determined. Riders will then have 6 scores with individual placings. The individual placings for each Sector will be added up, and the rider with the lowest score will be the winner. This means that all segments are weighted equally, regardless of length or elapsed time. It is possible, depending on accuracy of GPS data, that each rider will be allowed 1-2 "throwout" segments. Regardless of throw outs, a rider must complete the entire course to be scored. And I may choose to score only 3-5 segments. But you gotta go hard on all of them if you want to be the Nifty Mixty King or Queen.

5. Riders will be responsible for delivering accurate Sector times and uploading them to Strava by 8 PM day of the ride. If you upload your file to Strava after 8 PM, you will not be included in the results.

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