I like to join in on some mountain bike races because it pushes me to ride harder and I like the feeling of accomplishment I get. There are only a few muni riders in the area, and I’m the only one into racing, so locally it’s me and 100+ mountain bikers.
I’m posting the races I’m at least considering for the rest of the year. It would certainly love to have other muni riders at these races, though I know it’s a drive for even my closest muni racing fellows.
July 20, 2014 (this Sunday)
Fat Tire Festival (day 2 XC mtb race)
Just south of Rochester, in Victor. Dryer Road mountain bike park
This is a mountain bike race I’ve done twice, as the only muni rider, though not last year. I’m racing this on Sunday. The locals know me and like to have me there. 3.5 mile laps. Beginner, Sport, Expert: 1, 3 ,5 miles. 1 lap just isn’t enough, but 3 laps is a lot. I do 3, but it makes me scared. At the start of lap 1, and 2, I’m questioning why I’m doing it. Lap 3 I’m beat but seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as I knock off each climb/trail for the last time. The trails are hilly, and moderately technical. If I didn’t like pushing myself to climb, I probably wouldn’t like these trails.
July 26-27, 2014
1 hour south of Rochester, Ontario County Park
This is a 24 hour tag team style mtb race. Do a lap, next team member does a lap, and so on. I’ve never done it, and have no current plans, but possibly could be convinced. I’ve only been to these trails a few times, and not in years. Hilly and rocky. 24 hours, so headlamps required for night riding.
When I got into muni and started racing with the mtbers locally, someone always asked me about the unicycle guys who raced the Hardcore 24 a few years ago. It was Roland and friends in 2009.
Ha! That weekend in 2009 I was still learning to ride a uni and made it down the street a few houses and back!
Race info: http://www.thehardcore24.com/info.html
August 10, 2014
1 hour south of Rochester
This is a 6 hour as many laps as you can mtb race, tag team or solo. Laps are about 7 miles. I’ve done this twice solo, as the only muni rider, and could only manage 2 laps, with resting in between, and then left with a few hours remaining. Again, the locals know me and are cool having me there. Last year I even got a custom trophy! I’ll likely do this again, hoping to do 3 laps. I like the first half of the course, challenging but manageable. The second half must have more elevation change and I start hurting.
August 16, 2014
Ride With The Wind
1 hour north of Utica
I hadn’t heard of this until I stumbled upon it this year. It’s a 46 mile gravel road race, or a 10 mile fun ride. I wouldn’t bother going for a 10 mile rile, so I’d try the 46 miles on my geared 29er. I’m not sure I can ride that distance though. I haven’t contacted the race coordinator for permission yet.
I’d love to have some muni riders join me!
And if you know of some races that are not more than 5 hours from Rochester, please post them here.