JACKSON, Wyo. — Logan-to-Jackson (LOTOJA), one of the truest tests of cyclists across the country, will pass through Jackson and end in Teton Village this Saturday.
Jackson Hole Community Pathways needs volunteers to help with pathways traffic management in two to three-hour shifts Saturday afternoon through approximately 8 p.m. Saturday night.
This year’s route is the same as the past several years with a 3-mile segment of the race taking place on the Teton County Pathway system. The riders will approach Jackson from the south on Wyoming Highway 89, then will turn left onto South Park Loop and head north past Melody Ranch and 3 Creek Ranch. Riders will be routed onto the pathway at the end of Tribal Trails Road, continuing the pathway along Wyoming Highway 22 and across the Snake River Pathway Bridge before being routed back onto the road on Wyoming Highway 390 to Teton Village.
The pathway will remain open to public use throughout the day, but pathway users are cautioned to be aware of cyclists and to please yield to racers.
“By the time the riders get to Jackson they can be exhausted and may be less able to react quickly to other pathway users,” said Town/County Pathways Coordinator Brian Schilling.
“It really helps if local pathway users can use extra caution when they’re on the stretch of pathway between Indian Trails and Rendezvous Park, and especially on the pathway bridge over the Snake River. If you’re walking or riding on the pathway, simple things such as checking behind you for oncoming riders and moving to the side of the pathway to allow racers to pass will greatly improve safety for everyone.”
Signs and course markings will be in place by 12 p.m. Saturday to alert pathway users and provide direction for event participants. Course marshals will be positioned at critical junctions on the pathways between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. to help manage pathway and race traffic. The fastest riders are expected to arrive in Jackson as early as 1 p.m., and there will be riders on the course throughout the rest of the day.
“Last year, people were getting done as late as 10 p.m. These folks are truly exhausted and appreciate as much encouragement as they can get,” said Schilling.
“LOTOJA is an event that pushes you to your physical and emotional limits. After eight or more hours and 200 miles in the saddle, including climbing over three mountain passes, it is really energizing to have people out there cheering you on and supporting your efforts.”