Hey there Fascat Nation! Have you seen this yet? If you are heading to CX Nats in Tacoma this year your should check it out. Who knows how much USA Cycling will change the course, but this is some good footage. Furthermore, a local friend told me, “There is a serious run-up. It’s so gnarly most elites cannot run, they have to walk. The course has substantial running and if it’s muddy there could be even more. The downhill sections are tough and if it is wet and muddy some people may need to run down, too.”
From what I have learned it sounds like there is about 140 feet of elevation gain per lap and most of it comes in the form of one monster run-up. This looks brutally hard because it comes after a tough slog through a grassy section. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this is the crux section of the course. If you can dance up this climb repeatedly, lap after lap, chances are you will do pretty well.