It's a great way to break up your work week! I've raced the last 3 seasons in Sport class. It's a very fun, family-focused time with vendor booths, music, dinner catered by Wahoo's Fish Taco and craft beer for sale. The racing is competitive (as is most racing) but there are many skill levels broken down by age. The fastest and youngest guys go first and so on. Folks are generally nice on the course, announcing if they're passing, etc. The organizers are always pushing that we're here for fun and anyone who is a jerk is not welcomed back. My daughter has raced the kids races for 3 years too and is looking forward to starting in May. If you've never raced, sign up for Beginner class in your age slot. The exception would be if you are a beast, then you might go directly to Sport. A couple fellows I met there did Beginner one race each and they more than handily beat their field, so they moved up next race to Sport to be fair. Some guys stay in Beginner forever and they're not sandbagging--that's ok too. The OTH courses are fairly flat and not too technical. The longest climb is probably 1/8 mile and not crazy steep--most climbs are short, punchy ones. Another series that is very well run is Non Dot Adventures' OC Classic, held at four of the OC Regional Parks on the weekends. The first race is a time trial at Whiting Ranch this Saturday, March 19. Non Dot Adventures | Your home to mtb racing in the OC Parks
They are a little more challenging with more climbing and some technical sections.
Last edited by bikeme; 03-15-16 at 02:24 AM.