Wednesday, September 12, 2007

It's Race Time!

It's been a great summer, you are more fit than you've ever been, what better time to grab your friends and come out to the first ever MetrO! Mountain Bike Challenge 12 Hour! Put a team together or challenge yourself for this 12 hour endurance event. The Midwest Cycling Community has put together a great event that is bound to be fun for the whole family. Set along the banks of the Missouri river these fun, flat trails will push your limits as a rider.

TREK has stepped up on the sponsorship front and we're proud to announce not only $2000 in prizes but also that the first 100 people to register will recieve a TREK Northern LED headlight, a $27 value. That's over $50 worth of stuff for just $20 entry fee!

For you football fans that are worried about the USC game, well, you can listen to it on the radio or...word on the street is one of the MWCC members is bringing a TV.

Format: This is a 12 hour mass start relay event running from 10AM to 10PM. Sunset will be at approximately 7:30pm so be prepared to ride the last 2 hours in darkness.

Entry Fee: $20 each, each participant gets a FREE pair of socks and waterbottle, as well as an event goodie bag.

Event Categories and Prizes:
Solo Male
Solo Female
Two person team
Four person team (Five allowed if coed)
Super team (unlimited members) no prizes, just braggin' rights!

Prizes awarded to the top three finishers in each category

!!!You WILL need a lighting system for this event. The final 2 hours of this event will be in darkness, come prepared!!!

Course: The event course runs alongside the mighty Missouri river and is mostly flat. Trail conditions vary between rideable sand and dirt hardpack trail. The course includes fast open double track with tight and flowing singletrack and multiple log crossings. Lake Manawa is an excellent course for beginner riders and challenging for seasoned riders. If you're up for the challenge, you can try one of the log rides or teeter totters!

Directions: From I-80 take the Lake Manawa exit. Follow signs to Lake Manawa. When entering the park, turn right and follow the road counterclockwise around the lake until you see a sign on your right hand side that says "Missour River Boat Ramp Access". Turn right and park in the parking lot.

Camping: Camping is available within a mile of the start/finish area. The campground at Lake Manawa State Park provides space for 72 camping units. Of these, 37 campsites are equipped with electric hookups. Modern shower and rest room facilities are available at the campground, as is a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis. $16 for a site with electrical hook-up. $11 for a basic tent site.

And a little mappie map of the start/finsh layout

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