Saturday Jul 14 2018
Tevis Cup 100-Mile Endurance Ride timeBy: Julie Miller, Design and Content Manager
When: Starts 5:15 a.m. July 28 near Truckee. Finishes 100 miles later in Auburn.
Where: Western States Trail
Last month for the Endurance Capital of the World, runners near and far conquered Western States 100. This month, it’s Tevis Cup’s turn to take to the Western States trail.
Around 200 horses and riders will take on the 100-mile race from Truckee to Auburn. Last year, the weather was cool with a bit a of rain and 56 percent of entrants finished the race. That’s about typical, generally 50 percent will finish the race.
It begins at Robie Equestrian park at 7,000 feet elevation south of Truckee goes through rugged miles of ascending and descending before reaching Old Town Auburn.
“Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the trail, the Tevis Cup Ride differs substantially from other organized endurance riding events,” said the Tevis Cup website. “Adequate physical training and preparation for both horse and rider are of the utmost importance. The mountains, although beautiful, are relentless in their challenge and unforgiving to the ill-prepared.”
Cougar Rock could be one of the most daunting parts of the trail. The rock is a volcanic outcropping between the Lion Ridge and Red Ridge points on the trail.
“Most problems occur when the rider allows the horse to stop and think about it,” the website said and offers these tips: “Stay forward and light in the saddle, but not restrictive, contact on his mouth and most importantly — keep your horse moving forward to the top! If the lines are too long at the base of Cougar Rock or you would simply rather not, there is a narrow bypass trail to the right.”
By taking the bypass, however, riders miss a great photo opportunity.
In order to qualify for this endurance race, riders must have completed 300 miles of rides by approved organizations that were at least 50 miles each or longer. The other way in is if the rider has ridden the Western States Trail Ride previously. The horse must also be at least 6 years old.
Along the trail, there are check points with veterinarians who ensure horses are fit to continue on. A total of about 20 veterinarians and 800 volunteers are on hand during the race.
No wonder Time Magazine named it as a Top Ten Toughest Endurance Event.