Mountain Biking

Tri-State 6HRS MTB Series

Please note that BigDaveSports will no longer be a part of the planning and promotion of the Tri-State 6HRS p/b Trek Bicycle Store Cincinnati.  It was a tough decision, but for personal and family reasons, BigDave made the decision to step away from the series to free up more time to spend with his rapidly growing kids and their activities.  The teams involved in promoting the individual races in the series have been encouraged to continue their work and make the series happen without BigDave.  This series seems to fill a much wanted niche in the MTB community.  The series does have it’s own website, so be sure to check them out there as well as on facebook.

2013 BDS Schedule Announced

As 2012 wraps up on the calendar, the highly anticipated schedule for 2013 is now available.  Keep in mind that some dates or venues may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances, but this is the schedule we plan to run with.

 

Sunday, March 3, 2013 – Spring Tune-Up Race (Oxford, OH) p/b BigDaveSports and Miami University Cycling Team

Saturday, March 30, 2013 – Brookville-St Peters Road Race (Brookville, IN) - CANCELLED

 

Ohio Spring Race Series (OSRS)

Saturday, March 16, 2013 – OSRS #1: Lake Hope (Athens, OH) p/b Team Athens

Sunday, March 24, 2013 – OSRS #2: Deer Creek (Mt Sterling, OH) - CANCELLED

Sunday, April 7, 2013 – OSRS #3: Zanesfield (Zanesfield, OH) p/b Team 614

Sunday, April 14, 2013 – OSRS #4: Reilly (Reilly, OH) p/b Team Hungry!

Sunday, April 21, 2013 – OSRS #5: Vandervort’s Corner (Clarksville, OH) p/b Team Dayton

Sunday, April 28, 2013 – OSRS #6: Lyncghburg (Lynchburg, OH) p/b Bishop’s Bicycles Cycling Team

 

OSRS Finale Stage Race p/b BigDaveSports and Queen City Wheels

Saturday, May 18, 2013 – Stage 1: North Bend Time Trial (North Bend, OH)

Saturday, May 18, 2013 – Stage 2: Harrison’s Tomb Road Race (North Bend, OH)

Sunday, May 19, 2013 – Stage 3: Germantown Road Race (Germantown, OH)

 

April-May 2013 – Fairfield Youth Bicycle Program (more details to come)

 

Tri-State 6HRS p/b Trek Store Cincinnati

Saturday, May 25, 2013 – England-Idlewild p/b Team CNC and BigDaveSports

Saturday, June 22, 2013 – Versailles p/b Team Hungry! and BigDaveSports

Sunday, July 14, 2013 – East Fork p/b Rogue Racing :513: and BigDaveSports

Sunday, July 28, 2013 – Hueston Woods p/b Trek Store Cincinnati Cycling Team and BigDaveSports

 

 

July-August 2013 – Weeknight MTB Series (more details to come)

 

Please be sure to check back at this website or follow us on facebook for all of the latest updates.

Harbin Park Short Track MTB Race RESULTS

Race PHOTOS

Race RESULTS

JUNIORS and CAT 3

Place

Bib #

Place

Category

State

Age

License #

Last Name First Name Team Name

1

105

1

Men Cat 3

OH

30

ONE DAY

Thompson Allyn Queen City Wheels

2

104

2

Men Cat 3

OH

44

233064

Hayes Jerry Queen City Wheels

3

103

3

Men Cat 3

OH

48

ONE DAY

McAfee Joe Queen City Wheels

4

106

4

Men Cat 3

OH

28

ONE DAY

Rodriguez Jose

5

6

1

Junior Boys 10-14

OH

13

ONE DAY

Young Zach Bishop’s Bicycles

6

102

1

Women Cat 3

OH

36

325704

Zielke Christa Team CNC/Covington Newport Cycling

 

PRO/1/2

Place

Bib #

Place

Category

State

Age

License #

Last Name First Name Team Name

1

305

1

Men Pro/1/2

OH

33

357132

Mayer Brent Trek Store Cincinnati

2

306

2

Men Pro/1/2

OH

34

ONE DAY

Grosch Darrin

3

304

3

Men Pro/1/2

OH

37

ONE DAY

Mangeot Chad

4

214

1

Women Pro/1/2

OH

37

271257

roosen jeni

 

Harbin Park Short Track MTB Race

Since many people in the area are “new” to MTB Racing through USA Cycling, here is an article I wrote in February 2012 explaining the licensing involved with USAC-MTB Events.

MTB Upgrading Through USA Cycling

Race Flyer

Online Registration

Race Course

The course is a good variety of double tracks and single tracks which are all rideable.  The opening section is a wide open rolling field that turns you into the first double track section.  These two sections should determine the pecking order before dumping the riders into the single section consisting of twists, turns and rolling terrain.  Upon exiting the single track, you’ll enter the second double track section which is very rough.  The initial part is slightly downhill before giving your a couple of small climbs.  The final section of the course brings you back into open fields where you will be faced with the wall up to the finish.  Luckily, we are being nice and setting it up as an Alp d’Huez climb instead of straight up to the finish line.  This will help you save your lungs for the next 5 attempts you may need to make around the course.

 

For those who are familiar with the trails at Harbin Park, here is the course that we plan to use:

From the sled hill shelter, head east.  Head north on the double track and turn (left) into the start of the Orange Trail single track.  When the single track dumps you into the open field near the pavilion, make the 180 left onto the other double track section to return to the sled hill.  Continue across the small field and across the dip through the trees before starting up the climb.  Instead of making everyone go straight up the hill, we will most likely have you crisscross your way up to keep the racing close.  (Remember, you will have to do that climb multiple times during your 20/30 minute race.)  Once at the top, turn left and repeat until you are told you are done.

Here is a link to the MapMyRide of the course.  We will also work on putting together a PDF of the regular trail map outlining the actually race course we will use.

Winter MTB XC Series #3 NEWS

As much as we were hoping a ninja cold front would come through and freeze the trail for us and leave us with sub-freezing temperatures for Sunday’s rescheduled Series Finale Race, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.  Thus, we are saddened to announce that Winter MTB XC Series race (re)scheduled for Sunday, March 4, 2012 is being cancelled with no reschedule date.

 

HOWEVER, we will be gathering at 9am to present series prizes and thank our sponsors and supporters of the race series.  Please be sure to come out and party with us!

Winter MTB XC Series #3

Visit the Series Page for full details.

MTB Upgrading Through USA Cycling

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It has been over 5 years since a mountain bike race in Ohio was sanctioned through USA Cycling.  As I work to reverse this trend and bring USAC-MTB races back to Ohio, I will work to educate riders on some of the differences they may encounter.

 

The biggest issue that people are encountering is with licenses and categories.  Riders do have the freedom to self-categorize themselves between Cat 2 (Sport) and Cat 3 (Novice).  Cat 2 and Cat 3 also do not require an annual license to compete.  They can compete on a one-day license which will be available from the race promoter/registration.  There is no set charge for a one-day license, and these funds go to the promoter as they see fit.  Cat 1 (Expert) riders are required to have a USA Cycling race license that list their MTB XC category as a Cat 1.  This is where most “experienced” mountain bikers are having issues.  They may have been racing the Cat 1 races in the non-USAC sanctioned races but now have to race the Cat 2 races and earn their upgrade with USA Cycling.

 

Thus, we get to the question of how do you upgrade?  It is actually pretty easy, and I will break it down for you and be glad to answer any question you may have.  First, here is how the 2012 USA Cycling rulebook reads for MTB upgrades: (more…)

Winter MTB XC Series #2 RESULTS

The temperature was a little colder, but the wind chill was a lot friendlier as we saw faster lap times today.  We even had a couple of juniors make the trip from Illinois to race along with the Cleveland area Father-Daughter duo that was in town for the whole weekend of racing.

Race PHOTOS

Race RESULTS

MEN Pro/Cat 1 (more…)

Winter MTB XC Series #1 RESULTS

If it wasn’t for the wind, it would have just been cold instead of stupid cold.  Great fun and great racing by everyone!

Race PHOTOS

Race RESULTS

MEN Pro/Cat 1 (more…)

Winter MTB Races ARE ON!!!!!!

I just saw the weather forecast for this weekend, and the Winter MTB XC Series races ARE ON!!!!  We have a cold front coming through tonight which will bring us a little snow and chill us down to the mid teens by Saturday morning.  It will only warm up into the mid 20s on Saturday and then back down in the teens for Sunday morning.  These are ideal conditions for keeping the trails frozen throughout the racing.

 

Don’t forget that you can still register online for the entire series on BikeReg.com and save money!  Online registration closes Friday at noon!

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