Just got the word that the long-running NorCal race, the Bigfoot Classic, is a now a qualifier for the NORBA US National Champ'ships at Infineon Raceway. Make the top 15 in your category to be eligible for Nationals in CROSS-COUNTRY and DOWNHILL! That's particularly awesome since at our small, grass-roots events, we rarely even get 15 riders in any category!
BIGFOOT CLASSIC / CAL STATE CHAMPíSHIP SERIES XC
June 29-July 2
Itís coming, one of Northern Californiaís oldest mountain bike events, the Bigfoot Classic. Held in beautiful Humboldt County, home to giant redwoods and also to that legendary species of large primates for which the event is named. A complete weekend of events is scheduled and the Cross-Country is a round of the Cal-State Championship Series. Itís all on private timber land about 20 miles from Arcata. Itís a beautiful setting with epic courses, fantastic views and a down-home grass-roots kind of atmosphere you wonít find at bigger events.
CROSS-COUNTRY : The cross-county course is a mix of singletrack and fireroad with some more new singletrack. The course goes through thick timberland and is absolutely epic! Last year a visiting racer commented ďThis is the first mountain bike race of the yearÖ.I donít known what the other races were that weíve done so far, but this is the first real mountain bike course!Ē Beginners will do about 14 miles, sports will do about 21, experts & pros will do 28 miles. All classes start at the same time. We put the pros in front, then the experts, sports, etc. It sorts itself out just fine.
SUPER-D : It's a lonnng one. We start at the top of Bald Mountain and send you down one of the most fun sections of the XC course. Last year's winning times were well over 20 minutes! Top finishes were had by all types of bikes, XC, DH & freeride...there's something for everybody. Each rider gets one run.
DOWNHILL: Our downhill course has been called "world cup worthy." It has high speed stuff, a little bit of slower technical stuff and all the jumps and drops that the experts love, but with safe & sane outs for the beginners and sports. Best two of three format. Course will be open for practice on Saturday after the Super-D (probably 3pm or so) On race day we'll run shuttles with two trucks & trailers, and you're welcome to run your own shuttle too.
HILLCLIMB, Thursday 6/29 FREE! 5pm. $20 prize to winner!
SUPER-D, Friday 6/30 Sign-Up 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Race 5:00 pm
CROSS COUNTRY, Saturday 7/1 Sign-Up 8-9:30, race 10am (all classes start at the same time).
SHORT TRACK CROSS COUNTRY, Sunday 7/2 Sign-Up 8:00 - 9:30am, Race 10: 00 am Beginner/Sport 10:30 Expert/Pro
DOWNHILL, Sun. 7/2: Sign-Up 8am-12 noon. Practice starts at 8am. NO ONE IS TO PRACTICE WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING IN AND GETTING A RACE NUMBER. 1ST Run 1pm. We do a best of 2 run format.
FREE "LITTLE FEET" KIDS' RACE: Bring the little ones along on Saturday for the cross-country, cuz after the adult's race any kid 12 & under gets to race on a small course for free. They gotta have a helmet and mom or dad has to be there to sign a release.
WHEELIE CONTEST & HUFFY TOSS, Sat & Sun just before awards. No Fee, all registered riders welcome.
MASS START DOWNHILL, Sunday after downhill awards. To cap off the weekend we hold a grand finale, free to any rider who has entered ANY event all weekend. Itís simple, everyone goes to the top of Bald Mountain, we line Ďem up and send them careening down in a high-speed dash to the pit area. A table of race schwag waits at the bottom, winner-take-all! Itís wild!
COURSE WORK: We'll have a few trail makin' sessions prior to the event. Here's your one way to get to pre-ride! To join in on a work day call Vic at (707) 845-3095 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWARDS & RAFFLE: Top 3 in each category awards. After awards we raffle off a table-load of sponsor scwhag. Each rider gets on raffle ticket, earn more tickets based on your finish.
CAMPING: Sorry, but our land sponsors at Green Diamond Timber Company won't allow any overnight camping at the race site. Some folks ignored this in 2003 and camped along the dirt road between the race and Hwy 299 and got us in trouble with Simpson. Please, please don't endanger the future of this event. Boise Creek Campground - 2 mi. W of Willow Creek, Hwy. 299, (530) 629-2118 East Fork Campground - 7 mi. W of Willow Creek, Hwy. 299, (530) 629-2118, KOA (707) 822-4243, Clam Beach County Park (707) 445-7651, Patrick's Point State Beach (707) 677-3570 Mad Rivers RV Park (707) 822-7275
NO RIDING THE COURSE PRIOR TO RACE DAY! Our permit with Green Diamond is for race weekend only! Riding on this property prior to or after the event constitutes trespassing. Violators are not only endangering our ability to hold the event, they are also subject to arrest by Green Diamond security patrols.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Arcata, take 299 east approximately 15+ miles. At Lord Ellis Summit turn right at the Bigfoot Bike Race sign. Take the dirt road 5 miles to a "T" intersection & turn left, go 1/2-mile, turn left at the "bike race" sign. You're there!
From Redding, take 299 west, about 28 miles west of Willow Creek there will be a "Bigfoot Bike Race" sign at Lord Ellis Summit, turn left. Take the dirt road 5 miles to a "T" intersection & turn left, go 1/2-mile, turn left at the "bike race" sign. You're there!
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