electrical bike Oak Mountain hosts profitable Bump N’ Grind mountain bike races – Shelby County Reporter
By NATHAN HOWELL | Particular to the Reporter
PELHAM – Oak Mountain State Park was visited by greater than 300 racers competing within the twenty sixth annual Bump N’ Grind mountain bike racing occasion over the Labor Day weekend.
The occasion was placed on by the Birmingham City Mountain Peddlers, who construct and keep greater than 50 miles of trails on the park for recreation and competitors use.
With races for kids and adults of all ability ranges, the two-day occasion offered wholesome and safely distanced recreation for these uninterested in being quarantined of their homes.
Regardless of issues from the pandemic the race was nonetheless capable of transfer ahead efficiently and practically achieved their attendance from years prior, based on BUMP President Jeff Rozycki.
“The races went efficiently this weekend. The climate was stunning all weekend,” Rozycki stated. “We have been pleasantly stunned with how everybody one dealt with social distancing and different pointers. With that and the attractive climate, it was an awesome weekend total.”
The races kicked off on Saturday with kids’s and unicycle races, in addition to different largely downhill races. On Sunday, the extra superior cross nation type races passed off.
This was not solely an awesome alternative for mountain bikers to proceed of their craft, however for these seeking to get out and have protected household pleasant enjoyable.
“The attendance reveals that individuals are desirous to get out and be wholesome,” Rozycki stated. “They go somewhat stir-crazy being locked up at house for thus lengthy, and aggressive bikers are excited to truly have the ability to get out and compete as a part of a factors paying collection.”
The race is usually held earlier within the yr however because of COVID-19 restrictions and pointers, the race needed to be postponed, whereas many different organizations canceled their races outright.
Really having the ability to manifest the occasion regardless of these odds gives not solely funding for BUMP, however invaluable alternative for outside recreation.
“We thought-about cancelling the race altogether,” Rozycki stated. “Nonetheless, we obtained a lot response from individuals who wished an choice to get out and race. As soon as we reached a sure variety of individuals the place we might maintain a profitable occasion we determined to maneuver forward.”
As a nonprofit, BUMP depends on donations and proceeds from occasions like this to assist additional its mission of constructing and sustaining trails at Oak Mountain State Park, so a profitable occasion like this enables them to proceed this work.
“We respect all of the racers who got here out, all of our sponsors and our volunteers,” Rozycki stated. “With out everybody concerned, we wouldn’t have the ability to maintain the occasion. All of us actually had a good time.”
Relying on how the pandemic goes, BUMP plans to carry races earlier within the yr for its twenty seventh annual race.
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