Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's time...Big Valley Race Weekend!

That's right folks, the biggest Mountain biking event in Ohio is here again this weekend; the Big Valley Race and Festival on the grounds of Camp Manatoc in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.  Come join us Saturday and Sunday for tons of demos, vendors, racing for all ages and abilities, and to just ride these fantastic trails that are open for riding only once a year.

Here's the info...

The Manatoc Experience

331 Racing's Big Valley Festival

September 3 & 4, 2011 - presented by 331 Racing and it's partner sponsors

Ohio's largest mountain biking event will be returning for its 10th year building on the successful two day festival format. This two day event is much more than a typical mountain bike race; there are clinics, open riding, group rides, race course preview, a children's zone that includes safety programs and 4 different types of kids races, limbo contest, bunny hop contest, CAMBA group rides, cyclocross races, Xterra 1/2 marathon trail run and manufacturer demo bike exposition in addition to the mountain bike race.

NEW for 2011
more demo bikes
more exhibitors
more new trail
more food
3 new youth categories - U-18 Expert, U-15 Sport, U-15 Beginner
Complimentary wrenching provided by Century Cycles on Saturday
Test ride bikes from the following manufacturers:

Specialized designs for Women
Planet X

Vender Expo:

The North Face
Edge Outdoors
Mountain Road Cycles
The Bicycle Hub
Eddy's Bike Shop
Ray's Mountain Bike Park
Century Cycles
Ohio Cycleworks & Indoor Cycling
Pure121 Northcoast Mt Bikers

-------------------------Featured events---------------------------

Johnson Memorial Children's Races - Saturday afternoon

XTERRA OHIO - Trail 1/2 Marathon running race
Saturday morning

NEOCX - Cyclocross races
Saturday afternoon
The first race of the "NE Ohio Cross Season"

MONSTER XC - Cross County mountain bike races presented by MONSTER ENERGY

XC Race day goodie bags include samples from: Emergen-C, revive, Larabar, Chamois Butt'r, Monster Energy, Clif Bar, Wheaties Fuel and more.

* FOOD * - There will be food served all day Saturday and Sunday as a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts. Baked pasta, hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks, cookies and more. Please support the scouts and thank them for granting us access to their trail system.

Saturday Open Ride Admission:

- $5.00 gate fee for all biking participants - % of funds being donated to the Johnson Family Memorial. Kids are free


The event is located on the 600 acre Camp Manatoc Boy Scout Camp located in Peninsula, Ohio; (15 minutes from downtown Akron and 25 minutes from downtown Cleveland) This camp is located within the confines of the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and is 1 mile from the historical Ohio/Erie Canal Tow Path Trail that stretches from Cleveland to Akron and beyond.

The first day is an 'open riding day'. Our local IMBA advocacy group, Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) holds group rides and educational riding clinics with a focus on beginning mountain bikers and women. We host an array of kids-oriented activities including kid's races, safety reviews and games.

In addition, a demo loop is set up for manufacturer's demo bikes so that riders of all abilities can ride and feel the new technology where it was intended; on the single-track trail.

Saturday afternoon is filled with Cyclocross racing as the NEO Cyclocross series opens their season at the Manatoc Experience.

Day two is the mountain bike race. This event has built up momentum over the past nine years despite nature's lack of assistance. (6 out of 9 years it has absolutely poured race day morning or throughout the day) It has previously served as a NORBA State Championship qualifying race. We have all the necessary facilities for the avid racer to compete at their fullest.

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