[SIZE=7]MARCH 17, 18 &19![/SIZE]
It's back and it's better than ever! The second annual Keyesville Classic Mountain Bike Race. This year is going to be far bigger, and far better with many more activities than last yearâ€™s event.
Here is the link to last years Keyesville MTBR thread: Keyesville Afterglow!!
[SIZE=3]RACE EVENT HISTORY:[/SIZE]
This world-class event returns again to its race venue at the historic Keyesville Mining Area for its EIGHTTEENTH year in a row!!! Because of this long history, the Keyesville Race was granted "Classic" status in 1995 by the National Off-Road Bicycle Association becoming only one of 19 events nationwide to be awarded this prestigious title and named 21st out of 25 on the worlds best mountain bike race courses in 1996. Additionally, we were recognized in the Top Three races in the United States in 2000!
As far as i know this is the only race promoter in the country promoting vintage bikes at this time. Show your support. His name is Jim and he's pretty much done everything Iâ€™ve asked of him. Super cool guy!
[SIZE=3]VINTAGE RACING: [/SIZE]
Remember the old days when you showed up to a race and there was no questioning whether or not you were doing all of the events? You showed up with one bike and you did them without question. Uphill, Downhill, Cross Country, and trials all done on the same bike without whining! That old mentality is returning to Keyesville. Every entry into the vintage racing is for the Downhill and Cross Country. The vintage guys are even getting a $15 break because the promoter is so excited about these old bikes coming to his event. The two races will only be $50 rather than $65.
Last year we only had a show but while sitting around looking at bikes we got a little bummed that the race was going on right next to us. This year we will be racing! Those old bikes of yours were designed to be hammered. I donâ€™t care if youâ€™re out of shape and only want to stroll around with a group of friends on course. I donâ€™t care if this is the first race you've ever done. Remember....No Whining! Not only are the bikes going to be old school but we are going to have that same hard core mentality that the first mountain bikers had! damn I miss those days!
Heck, the cross country is only 8 miles. also, every entry to the event is for cross country and downhill. donâ€™t worry about the huge full suspension rigs out there on the DH. We'll have a separate start for us. Were going to show all those tinker bell cross country guys that down hilling can be done on hard tail and rigid bikes too!
[SIZE=3]STRENGTH IN NUMBERS:[/SIZE]
It's looking like the Vintage class for cross country is going to be the largest cross country class out of all the categories! We are actually having two different classes for vintage racing to keep it fair. Obviously a 10 year old Fat Chance will be a lot faster than early 80's Mountain Goat Deluxe.
There will be two categories:
Bikes that are 10-19 years old
Bikes that are 20 years old or older. (special props for bikes in this class )
As a general rule it would be nice to have the bike pretty much all period correct. It just wouldn't be right to an 1981 Ritchey with suspension or index shifting. That being said nobody's going to get on your case. We just want participation.
I'm thinking it's cool to use modern grips, saddles, and tires. I'm unsure about pedals. do you guys think it should be cool to use clipless pedals? I might have trouble re-training my brain for platform pedals after all these years on clipless but i'll do what the community thinks is best in this regard. Platforms and construction boots are fine by me
The camping in this area is GORGEOUS and to top it off it's free! All of the vintage guys will all be camped together in the same giant and very quiet open field surrounded by tree's and big mountains. Our camp is also directly along side the cross country course. Three days with great people and great bikes (with a little debauchery) is going to make this very memorable.
Other than top notch riding you will have the Kern river which is about 1/4 mile away with lots of great fishing. Also Lake Isabella is about 1 mile away. The area has great hiking as well. The town of Lake Isabella is only about 3 miles away and they have all the amenities you could need.
The event will also be hosting a bicycle swap meet so be sure to pack your extra stuff out there and make a few bucks. Leave the purchasing to me though
On one or more of the evening we will be going to the Natural Hot springs. Three different hot tubs butted right up against the Kern River. It's very quiet and extremely peaceful and relaxing. Donâ€™t let MWR sit too close---Rumfpy say's he's trouble
Saturday night we will be making the 45 minute drive up the scenic Kern River to get the best Fillet Mignon you've ever had!! Trust me on this one!
[SIZE=3]ALL THE LINKS YOU NEED:[/SIZE]
KEYESVILLE CLASSIC HOME PAGE:
KEYESVILLE VINTAGE BIKE PAGE:
HISTORY OF THE KEYESVILLE MINING AREA:
EVERYTHING THE KERN VALLEY OFFERS:
[SIZE=4]Tell anybody you know about this. I'll try to get a few olâ€™ timing mountain bike legends to join us. Wouldn't that be fun! I'm going to work on the magazines this year to run an article as well.[/SIZE]
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