news Summit Short Track MTB Series Kicks Off Next Wednesday
Kicking off the 2017 series next Wednesday, the Summit Shorty is home-grown, grassroots mountain biking at its best, offering a great experience for racers of all ages and skill levels on a circuit near the old Nike missle sites above McInnes Park.
Races range from 3-6 laps of the 1 mile course, which includes dirt and paved climbs, bumpy singletrack, a tight switchback, and steep descents.
Most riders complete their event in 25 – 30 minutes, which makes for some short and fierce battles. In addition to the weekly races, a series prize for weekly finish points is awarded the final week in each category. The final race of the series is worth double points – with podium awards for the top 5 from each class.
All Ages Welcome – Something for Everyone!
The kids’ races give younger riders a chance to strap on a number and show their stuff on a short and safe lap, all the while close enough to be seen and cheered by their parents. There is no charge for this race, and everyone gets a prize. The course is short, with no steep climbs or descents, suitable for any child that has a pedal bike and a good attitude. (Sorry – no training wheels or tricycles!)
Middle school age class races were added two years ago, providing the only organized competitive racing for the growing number of local middle school mountain bike clubs. Middle school races happen every other week, but racers are welcome to race in our 14 years old-and-under C class on the off weeks.
The Summit Series series coincides with the height of the NorCal high school racing series and provides an excellent intense midweek workout for local NICA racers. These young athletes are able to self-select for an appropriate category, with some doing very well in the fastest “A” category.
Adults will also find the right amount of challenge in our Women’s, C, B, and A race categories, with further 35 years and up divisions in C, B, and A.
Adult Race Schedule – Every week:
4:30 – Registration opens. Course open to pre-ride.
5:30 – Women, C 14-, C Open, C 35+ – 4 Laps
6:00 – B Open, B 35+
6:30 – A Open, A 35+
Kid & Middle School
Weeks 1, 3, and 5 – April 19, May 3 and 17:
5:00 – Middle School 6th (3 laps), 7th (3 laps) and 8th (4 laps).
Weeks 2, 4, and 6 – April 26, May 10 and 24
5:00 – Free Kids’ Race.
All of the dates are listed in the MCBC Event Calendar