Dozens are expected to “Race the Ridge” at this year’s annual mountain bike racing competition at Powder Ridge Park on Saturday.
The race trail takes riders through the bunny ski-trail and has a big jump at the end as it comes out at the base of the mountain.
Terrain manager Chad Snyder said some racers have finished it in as fast as 1 minute and 45 seconds.
“It can get intense,” Snyder said, depending on the type of crowd that comes out to watch. “Especially with a big jump at the bottom, it’s kind of cool to see everyone finish.”
Anyone can enter the race, keeping in mind the course might be difficult for beginners. Riders will be separated by gender and in groups by age, those 15 years old and younger and those older than 16.
Riders must wear a helmet and can rent everything they need – bikes, helmets, pads – at Powder Ridge. Full suspension bikes are recommended, but any bike with some kind of suspension can be used.
Powder Ridge has hosted “Race the Ridge” for the last three years and usually has about 20 to 40 riders and a bunch of people coming out to watch, Snyder said.
The race trail will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for warm-ups and from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday for riders to check out the terrain. Races will start at noon on Saturday and be over around 1:30 or 2 p.m.