Classes for rookie riders and e-bikes added for second annual Gdrun – Information – Scorching Springs Village Voice
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Classes for participation by rookie riders and riders utilizing electrical bicycles — e-bikes — have been added to the lineup for the Second Annual Güdrun Mountain Bike Competition scheduled for Scorching Springs’ Northwoods Mountain Bike Path System November 13 via 15.
Registration for the three-day Güdrun is now open on-line at http://www.northwoodstrails.org
Each classes shall be added to the Attila the Hun cross-country race occasion, in keeping with Traci Berry, trails coordinator for Go to Scorching Springs. Güdrun is a part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Sequence.
The e-bike class shall be one of many first USA Biking-recognized e-bike race occasions in america, Berry mentioned.
“I had by no means bike raced earlier than in my life,” mentioned Crystal Myers of Scorching Springs, who entered a biking occasion in Fort Smith this summer time. “After listening to there was a rookie class on the AMBCS River Valley Rumble Race in Fort Smith, I used to be impressed to enroll. My motivation to race was understanding that I’d be racing with others who would even be mountain bike racing for his or her first time too. I raced with the mindset to be taught and expertise a motorcycle race with no intent to win — and received!”
As for the e-bike class, Berry mentioned, “Typically talking, e-bikes are bicycles with a battery-powered ‘help’ that comes by way of pedaling and, in some circumstances, a throttle. If you push the pedals on a pedal-assist e-bike, a small motor engages and provides you a lift, so you’ll be able to zip up hills and cruise over robust terrain with out gassing your self.”
Vince Cucco, president of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Sequence, mentioned, “Individuals could ask, ‘Is not racing an e-bike the identical as simply racing a bike?’ The quick reply is ‘no.’ E-bikes nonetheless require customers to pedal, however will present pedal help for opponents who could in any other case have difficulties on the terrain. “The e-bike class needs to be extraordinarily thrilling to each race in and watch.”.
He added, “The rookie classes had been created to provide women and men who’ve by no means raced mountain bikes the prospect to take part. They’re meant to allow them to give it a attempt with out lining up in the beginning line in opposition to racers who’ve been doing this awhile. It permits new racers an opportunity to see how exhilarating racing and pushing your self at a course like Northwoods may be whereas doing so on a degree enjoying discipline.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preregistration for this yr’s Güdrun Competition is required. Registration shall be online-only till November 12. To register now, go to the model new Northwoods web site: http://www.northwoodstrails.org
Aggressive occasions will happen on the Northwoods Trails beginning on the Cedar Glades Trailhead, and there shall be noncompetitive occasions within the downtown space, together with a “creepy” nighttime Gradual Roll Experience via the downtown space on Friday The Thirteenth.
About 500 riders — some from as far-off as Canada — took half within the preliminary Güdrun Competition in 2019.
The Güdrun Competition traces its origin to the early days of the Attila the Hun Mountain Bike Race, which started in 1992 the place the Northwoods Trails are situated as we speak. Following the occasions of 9/11 in 2001, the race was moved to Charlton Campground on Freeway 270 west of Scorching Springs after which ultimately to Cedar Glades Park the place The Attila has been held every year since.
The Attila the Hun aggressive race to be held Sunday, November 15, would be the closing race of the season for the 2020 Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Sequence. There shall be loads of locations for spectators to see the racers and cheer them on.
“We’re excited to have fun the second birthday of the Northwoods Trails with the Second Annual Güdrun Mountain Bike Competition,” Berry mentioned.
“Scorching Springs is all about enjoyable,” she mentioned, “so who would not need to put Vikings and bikes collectively?
“After the yr now we have had thus far in 2020, having enjoyable is way wanted. What higher means than to be driving bikes? We all know we will placed on a secure, enjoyable occasion for all ages following the correct COVID-19 social distancing protocols.”
Berry outlined some details about the 2020 Güdrun Competition:
Registration shall be on-line solely till November 12, the day earlier than the occasion
There shall be “mandatory-mask zones” in impact in the course of the competition
Occasions will embrace the nighttime Gradual Roll Experience; the Mini-Enduro race; the Full Enduro race; a Soar Jam competitors, and the Attila the Hun XC MTB Race
The complete and mini-enduros shall be facilitated by Slaughter Path Guides
The Güdrun Competition was named after a Germanic heroic legend, Berry mentioned.
“Güdrun was a warrior. A Viking! Spouse to Attila the Hun and later defeater of the Huns,” she mentioned.
For extra info contact Traci Berry at 501-321-2027.