Here’s a quick rundown on the events we have planned for National Mountain Bike Oktoberfest, October 24-26, 2008:
Friday Night Lights Short Track Race: a true short track race on about a quarter to a third of a mile open course, takes 2-3 minutes to get around—and once you are lapped by the field you will be pulled from the race. Must have a bright head or bar light and a back red light. Race starts at 7 pm, classes are Open Male and Female and Single Speed Male and Female and the time limits are 30 minutes for Open class and 20 minutes for the Single speed class 20mins. Friday demo rides.
Saturday morning: Costume contest for kids at 9 am, kids races start at 10 am with bikes and demo rides throughout the day.
Saturday at noon: the main event and last race of the USA Cycling National Ultra Endurance Calendar—the Oktoberfest 8-hour Endurance Race. The course will be different from the Cowbell Challenge, although you will cover the same 4-mile single track section, with new areas added including two new climbing sections totaling to 8miles. Classes for this race are Open, Single Speed, Masters, Duo, and Team. This race is an equal payout race: 1st $600, 2nd $300, 3rd $150.
Sunday: Time Trial starts at 10 am and goes until all the racers are done. The course will be the 4 miles of single track at Fisher Farms. So how fast can you go with control around the Farm? The Beast will start about an hour after the time trial race is done. The course will have one good climb in it, some single track, two or three sections to dismount and run with the bike. Everyone races the whole time limit; Open Class 45mins, Single Speed Class 40mins, Masters and Sport Class 30mins.
We’ll announce the Grand Champions about an hour after The Beast is slain… And Tinker and Terri will draw the lucky winner of the 5-night stay at Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia.
We’re working on scheduling some additional demo/fun rides, so stay tuned. www.nationalmtboktoberfest.org
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David “Tinker” Juarez and Cowbell Challenge Inc., bring National Mountain Bike Oktoberfest to metro Charlotte Charlotte, NC - World and national mountain bike endurance champion, two-time Olympian, and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer David “Tinker” Juarez partners with Cowbell Challenge Inc., in presenting the National Mountain Bike Oktoberfest at Fisher Farm Park in Davidson, NC, October 24-26, 2008. The three-day, family-oriented mountain bike festival features the last race of USA Cycling’s 2008 National Ultra Endurance Calendar, as well as short track, time trials, and children’s races. The race venue is uniquely designed to take advantage of the early sunset, giving racers the opportunity to ride the trails at night. Proceeds from the festival benefit Davidson Recreation & Parks Youth Scholarship fund. “I’ve been a professional cyclist for 35 years,” says Tinker. “I love this sport, especially endurance racing, and this chance to step off the trail and give back to sport is tremendous. We can’t wait to come to North Carolina for this world-class endurance cycling event and festival.” National Mountain Bike Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday night with short track races, sponsored by Niterider Lighting Systems. Kids can get in on the action with special Kids Kompetition races on Saturday morning, including a chance to try out the Strider balance bikes, designed specifically for one to five year old children. The featured event of the weekend, the Oktoberfest 8-Hour Endurance Race, starts at noon on Saturday. Time trials and a special combination event known as “the Beast” round out the weekend on Sunday. Races conducted after sunset will require adequate front and rear lighting. A drawing for a five-night stay at Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia will also be held on Sunday. “This is a true mountain bike festival with something for everyone with a bike and a little energy,” says Taylor Sullivan, president of Cowbell Challenge. “We’re designing an endurance course that will challenge the top pros and amateurs, and the whole weekend will be filled with chances to ride for fun and for prizes.” The 8-hour endurance race boasts equal cash payout for men and women in the solo (Open) categories and prize packages from sponsors including MonaVieCannondale.com and ODI Grips. Other activities include Halloween costume contest for kids and adults, and bike demos by Cannondale and Specialized Bicycles. Fisher Farm Park in Davidson, NC, is the site of a former dairy farm owned and operated by the Fisher family since the mid-1800’s. Davidson, approximately 25 minutes from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, is a beautiful college town situated near Lake Norman for an idea combination of small town ambience, outdoor recreation, a flourishing Main Street of local businesses, and a unique sense of community. Sponsors for National Mountain Bike Oktoberfest currently include Niterider Lighting Systems, Cannondale Bicycles, MonaVieCannondale.com, ODI Grips, Specialized Bicycles, iBert Safe-T- Seats, Strider Running Bikes, Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia, Summit Coffee ,The Cyclepath, and Bicycle Sport Registration for short-track, combination, and time trial races begins at $10, and the 8-hour endurance race begins at $50. There is no charge for children’s races, but they must be registered. For more information on registration, purchasing raffle tickets, new sponsors and activities, and the schedule of events, visit www.NationalMtbOktoberfest.org. Cowbell Challenge, Inc., a 501C3 nonprofit corporation, is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and organizing endurance mountain biking events which raise funds in support of charitable causes that promote health, well-being, and strong communities. Its signature event, the Cowbell Challenge 12-Hour Endurance Mountain Bike Race finished its seventh year in 2008 with more than $16,000 raised in support of numerous local and national non-profit organizations that support those facing catastrophic illness, families in crisis, maintaining natural spaces, and promoting cycling and fitness.