TIME TO RIDE THE RANCH
Flatwater Cycling Hosting Inaugural MTB Enduro August 4
Lincoln, NE -- The Flatwater Cycling Team will host the inaugural Big Ring Ranch MTB Enduro presented by AAA Roofing, Saturday, August 4 at the Big Ring Ranch just 15 minutes northwest of Downtown Lincoln. The 70-mile off road challenge will feature a solo and team competition.
The event is a first for Flatwater Cycling Team, which hosts the Capital City Criterium and Pioneers Park GP on the road side as well as the Flatwater Twilight Cyclocross Series. For the past two years, the Lincoln based club has promoted a smaller cross country series and hosted a Psycowpath MTB race, but wanted to provide something different for 2012.
"We chose a true enduro because it's a race that has become extremely popular in the last decade," says Race Director, Sean Craig. "We believe the cross country market is served extremely well in Nebraska. And we felt we could provide a race that up until now, Nebraska riders have had to travel quite a ways to do."
The course will be held entirely on private land owned by Flatwater Team member, Will White and his family. Craig, White and other members of the Flatwater Cycling Team began work on "the ranch" this past February mapping out single track and clearing away debris, logs as well as trimming back branches and prairie grass.
"It has been a lot of work, but now that we see the loop coming together, it is very gratifying," comments Craig. "We are very excited to share this trail with the MTB community."
Plans call for a 10-mile loop by 2013, but for now the course measures out at 7.5 miles with a 60/40 mix of "prairie fire roads" and single track. The former providing some very challenging climbs and blazing fast descents. All in all the loop offers up 800' of vertical climbing per lap.
Says Craig, "The combination of prairie and single track make "the ranch" a unique riding experience. We wanted to create trail in the wooded areas that both flow and allow you to carry speed as well create some twisty sections for bike handling skills. We looked at all aspects the of the terrain to create a trail that is both challenging and fun."
The "fun" will start at 8:00a.m. on Saturday, August 4. Rider check-in opens at 6:30a.m.
REGISTRATION & RACE NOTES:Advance registration is required and available online at The Official Website - USA Cycling
The entry fee includes an official Big Ring Ranch tee shirt. The race will be scored using AMB chip timing.
TEAM - For those choosing to race as an all male, all female or mixed team, registration will allow for one rider to register at the team rate. To avoid multiple charges, have a designated team captain register the team.
TEAM - Release forms for additional team members should be completed and presented at rider check-in.
Registration CLOSES at 5:00pm CDT, Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
For complete details: visit the online flier on Flatwater Cycling's Official Website
Questions regarding the Big Ring Ranch MTB Enduro presented by AAA Roofing:
Sean Craig, Race Director
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