It's had to believe but we've come to the end of another Mountain Bike
race season here in Ohio. It has been an extremely busy year on the
race front here at Groovy and 331, with a full slate of XC races, Kid's
Races, Bikes for Kids giveaways, and the start up of the State wide OIRL
High School league. We're proud of the community support we've attained
state wide that has made it possible to continue to give 100% back to
our existing local trails, kids programs, the OIRL, and new trail
development with IMBA.
With that said, this weekend is our
final race/party/fun mongering celebration for our mountain bike family.
Saturday and Sunday we have a full slate of events, including...
- OIRL High School State Championship race - Saturday short track races for beginner to experts
- IMBA/Eddy's Bike Shop "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day" with
challenge/skills area, Free youth shirts, IMBA helmet stickers and water
bottles while they last - The MUDDY PAWS dog race...race with your furry friend
- 80lb pig roast, supplied by our friends at Blazing Saddle Cyclery,
and carry in pot luck dinner, bring something tasty to share. - Live Music with Adam and the Auntacids - A rocking Bon Fire to warm up next to with stimulating conversation - Free Camping with hot showers available
- Cross Country Race on new upper race loop with BOGO pricing if you bring a friend who has never raced with us before. - Pumpkin Carving Contest
It is an awesome weekend to share with family and friends.
This weekend will also serve as a litmus test for me. The 331 crew has
sacrificed literally thousands of volunteer hours to bring a higher
level of race opportunities in Ohio and your involvement has returned in
kind to the community. We have strived to provide more than just a
race experience, but events for the whole family that ingrain a culture
of outdoor recreation and a lifestyle of fitness. All year we've been
chasing the magical number of 200 racers and have come within a hair of
reaching that goal. So I put this challenge out to you. My involvement
next season depends on your participation. If we have 200 racers for
our final XC race on Sunday you can count on me to continue this same
level of effort for 2014...if we fall short, I'll be satisfied with our achievements thus far and will be scaling back my involvement to focus
the extra time in the shop. So there ya go, its up to you guys...I'm
looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings