7 Mountain Bike Races to Enjoy This Spring
For giddy mountain bikers, this means you're quickly approaching the moment when you can put on your visor-clad helmet and full finger gloves, hop on your dual-suspension fatty, and head down the single track.
But as the warm weather approaches, you don't want your fellow MTB friends to leave you in their trail of dust after they register for one of these spring races.
Urban Mountain Bike RaceMarch 12, 2016, in Columbus, Ga. 1 of 8
On the night we lose an hour—but gain that much-needed sunlight—mountain bikers in Columbus Georgia will celebrate by tackling an enjoyable half-mile, six-lap course.
The fun-filled course includes obstacles, music and even a trip through a nightclub in downtown Columbus. It's a party on a bike...a mountain bike.
MTB ChampionshipMarch 13, 2016, in Granite Bay, Calif. 2 of 8
This year's MTB Championship in Granite Bay, the final race of the Five-Race MTB Series, will feature a new 10-mile course that offers challenges and enjoyment.
Total Body Fitness, the race's organizer, encourages all riders 14 and up to register. Those who sign up will receive one of the coolest bags of swag around—complete with tee-shirts, coupons and CLIF Bars.
Lemurian Shasta ClassicApril 30, 2016, in Redding, Calif. 3 of 8
When you're in the heart of Northern California, the weather's brisk, the trees are tall and the trails are black diamonds.
Whether you pick the long or short course, the Lemurian Shasta Classic is a grueling race that epitomizes the sport of mountain biking. For those who brave the long course, you'll encounter technically challenging trails and over 3,500 feet of climbing and rocky descents.
Catalina Island MTB Gran FondoApril 30, 2016, in Avalon, Calif. 4 of 8
The words Gran Fondo might stir images of cruising down the road with George Hincapie, but this ride might give such Italian verbiage a whole new meaning.
You'll start with a boat ride to the small harbor town of Avalon on beautiful Catalina Island. Next, this mountain bike adventure will take you through steep cliffs with mesmerizing views of the mighty Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches and natural reserves with wild buffalo.
Spring Thaw Mountain AdventureMay 21-22, 2016, in Ashland, Ore. 5 of 8
If you've never visited the Beaver State in late May, we highly recommend you book this trip.
The Spring Thaw is a two-day event that includes a cross-country loop, separate kids race and numerous downhill races. Not only is this one of the Northwest's most popular mountain bike races, but also the longest-standing mountain bike race in Oregon.
Mountain MayhemMay 21, 2016, in Prescott, Ariz. 6 of 8
Don't let the name scare you off—unless you dig the adrenaline that comes with risk-taking adventure. If that's the case, this ride's for you, too.
With 10- and 20-mile courses, and separate classes for geared bikes and single-speed bikes, this race has something for everyone. And with medals for the top five finishers, you better clear some space in your trophy room.
Pisgah 111K Mountain Bike RaceMay 21, 2016, in Pisgah Forest, N.C. 7 of 8
When a race divides you by age, gender and weight, you know you're riding with some serious company. The mammoth-sized Pisgah 111K Mountain Bike Race is—as the name suggests—111 km of rocky road riding.
The 11,000 feet of climbing is sure to have you sweating bullets, so they don't make you sweat the directions. No map is required on this outing, just follow the arrows.