Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Race

2015 Cowboy Tough Adventure Week Guide

Who’s up for Cowboy Tough? In conjunction with the State of Wyoming and the City of Casper, REV3 Adventure is excited to present year three of the 3.5-day Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Race on July 16-19, 2015. As in year’s past, this race will challenge both experienced and first-time expedition racers’ physical and mental endurance, all with a spectacular backdrop and a fun and impressive supporting cast of characters. The 2015 course starts in the city of Buffalo, located at the foothills of the towering Bighorn Mountains, and passes through at least two working ranches, so the theme for year three really brings out the “cowboy” in the Cowboy Tough. We’ve added optional points to challenge elite teams both physically and navigation-wise, and  our mandatory points will highlight the best parts of the course.  Once again, teams will take on some of Wyoming’s most challenging back country. Expect mountain biking though technical single track, fire roads, and flowing trails, with plenty of ropes work, trekking, and paddling on your way to the finish line in Casper. We know you’re buff…but are you Cowboy Tough?

You can see some of the highlights from the 2014 race in this video clip.  Video

Click the image of the racer guide above for more details on the 2015 Cameco Cowboy Tough AR.

Mail-In registration form

Race Summary

Each day of the race will be broken into stages that will take between 16 and 24 hours to complete. The stage must be completed in a prescribed time to avoid being short-coursed or having points deducted. Teams will be held at the end of each stage at a transition area (TA) called a “Dark Zone” before being allowed to continue to the next stage. Mandatory points must be collected between TAs. Optional points collected will determine who will ultimately be crowned winner of the Cameco and the City of Casper Cowboy Tough Expedition Race.
For elite adventure racers, there will be adequate optional points to keep you racing nonstop for the duration of the race. For teams out for the experience, collecting mandatory points will push you to your limits but also allow for recovery and rest during the “Dark Zone.”

This is a non supported race.  REV3 will transport a transition container for each team member in the mobile TA for resupply.

Distances and disciplines

Day 1
10-20 miles trekking
20-40 miles single-track biking
10-15 miles road biking
20-40 miles fire road biking
6-14 miles flat-water paddle
Total distance = 70-120 miles

Day 2
50-60 miles fire road biking
20-30 miles of road biking
25-40 miles trekking
Ropes
Total distance = 95-130 miles

Day 3
80-140 miles fire road biking
15-30 miles trekking
Total distance = 95-180 miles

Day 4
30 miles fire road biking
30 miles road biking
2 miles trekking
2 miles Class III water (Racers choice of transport)
Total distance = 64 miles

Grand total distance = 360-550 miles

These distances are approximate and will vary depending on route choice, points collected, and challenges completed. At you should be mentally and physically prepared to complete the minimum distances outlined above. Distance are subject to change depending on final course design, permit approvals and private land access.

Race Info:

Name: Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Race
Date: July 16-19th, 2015
Location: Buffalo to Casper, WY - Point to Point Race
Description: Cameco and the City of Casper Cowboy Tough Expedition Race - Experience the back country of Wyoming while racing through it.
National Qualifying Race: North American Adventure Racing Series (NAARS), & USARA
Check-in: 1:00PM, July 15, 2015 in Casper, WY
Race Starts: July 16, 9:00AM - Buffalo, WY
Race Ends: July 19, 12:00PM - Casper
Categories: Two-person and four-person teams
Prizes: $10,000.00 in cash and $10,000 in prizes
Fees:
  • Super early registration is $750.00 per team member until November 31st, 2014
  • Early registration will be $800.00 per team member Until December 31st, 2014
  • Regular registration is $1,000 until February 28th, 2015
  • Late registration is $1,200 until close or we reach 80 participants
  • Included: T-shirt, food, door prizes and an adventure of a lifetime.
    Early Registration Discount Ends: December 31st, 2014
    Registration Closes: June 15th, 2015
    Distance: 300 - 500 miles
    Disciplines: Trekking, mountain biking, road biking, paddling, ropes, and other team challenges
    Checkpoints: Mandatory and bonus checkpoints

    Gear

    Supplied Gear: All teams will be provided with a 17′ canoe, PFDs and a single blade paddle for each team member. Two-person teams will get one canoe, four-persons teams will get two canoes. You are permitted to use your own boat, paddles and/or PFD. Personal personal boats are allowed. Personal boats, PFD’s and paddles will be transported for you while not on a canoe section.
    Mandatory Gear: Most of the mandatory equipment is required to help you complete the course safely in the event you have an emergency or mechanical issue. Usually the longer the race and the more time you spend on the course, more equipment is needed to do this. The mandatory gear also plays an important part of our overall safety plan for all the events.
    While biking each racer must also have: You will need a mountain bike for all bike stages of the race. Cyclo-cross bikes are permitted but not recommended. Ideally the mountain bike will have front suspension. There is a mix of single track, gravel fire road and pavement. Depending on route choice, the terrain will vary. There will be a section of mountain biking on single track. The single track section requires little technical skills but will involve some short steep climbs, loose surface, and small obstacles. You only need to have the bike equipment while on the bike. Bike shoes and helmet can also be stored with the bike. Your bike must be equipped with a rear blinking light that must be on at all times when you are riding on public roads. Front lights that have a minimum run time of 12 hours are also required.
    Recommended Gear: Please refer to the Racer Guide for all gear requirements and recommendations
    Medical Kit: You will need to bring your own first aid kit as part of your mandatory gear. We recommend the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight .7 (http://www.rei.com/product/695383). This has all the required medical supplies. Medical support will be available at the main TA’s.

    Lodging

    Lodging:
  • Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY 800 N. Poplar • Casper, WY 82601, Phone: (307) 266-6000 - http://casper.bwramkota.com/ - REV3 Adventure Racers have a special discounted rate
  • Overflow Hotel Parkway Plaza Hotel - http://www.parkwayplaza.net/