It was only supposed to be 100 riders, but the event organizers were caught off guard this year by the high level of interest.
"Its crazy. People are crazy," said Tony Horn, who created the race in 2001 along with Ru Mehta of Teppan Village. "I get to work this morning and theres two guys there with sleeping bags, another seven or eight people who wanted in to the race."
Participants and volunteers in last years race get first crack at registration, and the event was opened to the public on Monday, Aug. 2. In past years as many as 20 spots had opened up, but this year a full 93 riders out of 102 riders from the previous year had signed on. In addition, 10 volunteers from last years race signed up, which already put the race over 100 riders.
Not knowing how many volunteers signed up, Horn put a sign on his door advising people that there were only five open spots for the public.
"I didnt have the heart to send them away, so right now were actually oversold we have 108 people registered," said Horn.
"Its great in one sense but its hard. It would be great if we could open up to everybody and have 200 riders out there, but thats not what were trying to do and the restaurant (Teppan Village) couldnt handle it."
The event also has too many volunteers this year, which will make for a capacity crowd at the restaurant this year.
The course for this years Samurai event wont be announced until two days prior, at that weeks Loonie Race, and will also be published in the Sept. 10 Pique. Last years course was 63 kilometres of singletrack, and included trails like Billys Epic, Cheap Thrills, River Runs Through It and Comfortably Numb.
"Theres a lot of a rumours about the course this year, but were not saying anything. Youll have to wait and see," said Horn.
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