Mountain bike race Oct. 16

October 08, 1994|By Joe Surkiewicz

On Oct. 16, the Whitetail Mountain Biking Center will be sponsoring its first mountain bike race. Athletes from throughout the mid-Atlantic will compete on a seven-mile cross-country loop on Two Top Mountain that will feature plenty of climbing and tough trails.

Beginner-class racers go for one lap on the mountain, sport-class competitors race for two laps, and the expert/pro class will complete three circuits on the difficult course. When not watching the race, spectators can enjoy the views.

"It's not a coincidence that we're holding the race when the fall foliage is at it's best," says Chuck Nagle, who runs the mountain bike program at Whitetail.

Registration for the race runs from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for beginners and experts, with their race starting at 9:30 a.m. Experts and pros register from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; their race begins at noon. The entry fee is $25 on race day, $20 for pre-registration. If you do not have a NORBA (National Off-Road Bicycling Association) license, then you may purchase a one-day trial license is $3. You must have one or the other to participate in the race.

Race-day festivities include a cook-out, ski swap and ski sale for folks who normally think of snow when hanging around a ski resorts.

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